Police in Zimbabwe say they’re still investigating the group Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe, or GALZ, and have refused to return property they seized during a raid on GALZ offices in August.
GALZ attorney Tonderai Bhatasara wrote to police to say that the items should be returned, because they were not linked to any crime.
About the raid, the Zimbabwean newspaper NewsDay reported:
The police ransacked the GALZ offices in Milton Park and confiscated property, which included computers, compact discs, pamphlets and various documents, on allegations that the organisation was operating without registration as required under Private Voluntary Organisations Act.
In reply to Bhatasara, the police at Harare Central Police Station said they were keeping the property during an ongoing investigation and wanted to use it in court.
Bhatasara denies that GALZ is in violation of the registration law. At the time of the raid, police also accused GALZ of possessing materials that promote homosexuality.
Under Zimbabwean law, male-male relations are punishable by up to one year in prison. In addition, President Robert Mugabe and the Zanu PF party are seeking a ban on homosexuality in a new constitution that is currently being crafted, NewsDay said.
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