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Date: Wed, 31 May 2000 11:02:05 -0700
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HARARE, May 22 (AFP) - A total of 46 Zimbabwe war veterans and government supporters appeared Monday before a magistrate here charged with kidnapping and murder linked to bloody political violence last week, a state-run news report said.

The violence, in which members of the ruling ZANU-PF party clashed with supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in Harare's southwestern Budiriro suburb, left one person dead and scores injured.

Political violence has escalated ahead of parliamentary elections on June 24 and 25, with at least 25 people, most of them MDC supporters, being killed.

The state-run Ziana news agency said the Budiriro accused appeared in court in seven different groups and were not asked to plead by Magistrate Jefta Makhaza.

The state claims the group kidnapped individuals in the suburb it suspected were MDC supporters last Wednesday and interrogated them about the party.

It alleges further that 12 members of the group, who are now facing murder charges, tortured one man, Takundwa Chipunza, for being an MDC supporter. He died later in hospital.

The 12 were remanded in custody to June 5.

Their lawyer demanded bail because, he claimed, some of them were injured in the clashes with the MDC supporters and were not receiving medical attention in prison.

"They were not given soap to bath and it is not good because some have wounds which were caused by MDC supporters," said the lawyer, Pisirayi Kwenda.

A number of war veterans had head wounds and some still had blood-stained clothes when they appeared in court, the report said.

The other 34 accused who are not facing the murder charge were remanded in custody until Wednesday.

Three MDC supporters appeared separately in the same court to answer charges of damaging three houses belonging to Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) supporters in Budiriro.

The three were remanded in custody until Wednesday.

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