Harare lawyer Jeremy Callow has received death threats after he successfully defended hundreds of farmers in Zimbabwe against President Robert Mugabe's attempts to seize their land
Last week, while representing a further 54 farmers, Callow told the High Court that he had received an anonymous call warning him to stay away from Karoi, an area to which he travels frequently to represent a number of farmers. "Someone called me at about 6.25am on Monday [26 August] and told me that if they see me going to Karoi, they'll kill me," Callow told Mr Justice Paradza. The threats come at a time when members of the judiciary and the legal profession have been troubled by the Mugabe regime. Three weeks ago, militant war veterans of the ruling Zanu PF party openly attacked court officials in Chipinge. In June, the president and executive secretary of the Zimbabwe Law Society were arrested and detained for 48 hours over allegations of possessing 'subversive documents'.