In Harare, the trial of seven members of the Opposition ZAPU party accused of treason opened in the High Court on February 7.
HARARE, ZIMBABWE FEBRUARY 8, 1983 (REUTERS - GEOFF CHILTON)
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2. GV Prison vehicles arrive and enter courtyard 0.33
3. SV Police guards get out of van, then enter court 0.41
4. SV Police search public visitors to court (2 shots) 1.00
5. GV Special police detachment gets out of van in courtyard 1.09
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Background: In Harare, the trial of seven members of the Opposition ZAPU party accused of treason opened in the High Court on February 7. The former intelligence chief of the party's military wing, ZIPRA, Mr Dumiso Dabengwa, denied writing to the Soviet intelligence agency (KGB), seeking assistance against what he called the subversive activities of the United States, British and South African security forces. The remaining six defendants -- Lieutenant General Lookout Masuku, former deputy commander of the army, Isaac Nyathi, Misheck Velaphi, Masala Sibanda, Nicholas Nkomo and Tshaka Moya -- all deny preparing an armed rebellion aimed at overthrowing the ZANU party government of Mr Robert Mugabe. For the prosecution, Mr Ahmed Ebrahim, said the government did not intend to make the trial into a political platform, and added that neither the ZAPU party nor its military wing was on trial. Security was tight, with police stationed around the court building, and visitors were searched before being allowed to enter.