He smashed a man’s jaw with pliers..then pulled his teeth out
But asylum for Mugabe torturer
A MURDERING henchman of Robert Mugabe who has been given UK asylum once smashed a man's jaw with pliers and wrenched out his teeth.It is just one of a string of horrific tortures Phillip Machemedze enjoyed inflicting on Mugabe's opponents.
He stripped one man naked and told him he would be forced to have sex with his daughters if he did not talk.
Machemedze, 46, also gave a white farmer electric shocks then beat him almost unconscious - and whipped a woman before pouring salt on her wounds.
A British tribunal heard the ex-bodyguard helped "slowly kill" members of Zimbabwe's opposition MDC party whose limbs were then hacked off.
But despite his crimes Machemedze and his wife, both HIV positive, have been given asylum by a judge who ruled sending him back to Zimbabwe breached his human rights.
Mr Justice David Archer admitted Machemedze was "deeply involved in savage acts of extreme violence." But he added: "Whatever crimes he has committed, he cannot be returned to face the highly likely prospect of torture and execution without trial."
Labour MP Kate Hoey, head of the Commons All Party Group on Zimbabwe, said: "This is a shocking decision. Asylum is for people who are at risk from despots, not for people like him."
He quit the CIO and arrived here in July 2000. Wife Febbie, 40, followed a year later.
They left three children behind. They have not been harmed.
Machemedze and Febbie, who live in Fishponds, Bristol, arrived on six-month visas.
Their initial asylum claim was rejected amid garbled accounts of how and why they came here.
Machemedze claimed he had been a double agent for the MDC.
Zimbabwe human rights lawyer Irene Petras said: "This sends the message you can violate human rights and negotiate protection."
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