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Monday, February 22, 1999 Published at 18:56 GMT

World: Africa

Zimbabwe torture two can get treatment abroad

A court in Zimbabwe has ruled that two journalists who say they were tortured in detention last month can travel abroad for medical treatment.

The two, Mark Chavanduka and Ray Choto, were arrested after their newspaper published a report alleging a coup plot against President Robert Mugabe.

The magistrate, Custom Kachambwa, said there was no excuse for torture.

The government has denied that the men were tortured, and the state prosecutor said he'd appeal against the judge's ruling.

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