Geneva, 1st October 2004
station. However, it often happened that police told them to come back with the attacker, which was why complaints had not been registered and forwarded to the Police General Headquarters. As to Ms. Masaiti (see above, under 1.8.2), she stated that she had lodged her complaint with Mutare Police Station. As to Mr. Coltart’s prosecution under the Firearms Act (see above, under D. 2.3), he specified that when he had first been brought to court on 18 February 2002, his lawyer had given the court the names of independent witnesses able to state that he had been nowhere near the scene of the incident, and that the shot in question had in fact been fired by the leader of the youth militia. The police had done nothing about that evidence for over a year, until the court had ordered them to follow that line of investigation. The police had then failed to report back to the court, presumably because the witnesses had confirmed Mr. Coltart’s version of the events. Nothing further had happened since, and the file had been closed.
The MPs concerned generally felt that the report was a true reflection of the situation in the country.