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Originally published Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 9:58 AM

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Malawi police leave government critic in hospital

A lawyer for an opponent of Malawi's president says his client is no longer being watched by police at the hospital where he is being treated for heart problems.

The Associated Press

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BLANTYRE, Malawi —

A lawyer for an opponent of Malawi's president says his client is no longer being watched by police at the hospital where he is being treated for heart problems.

Lawyer Wapona Kita said Tuesday that police left the hospital after making Ralph Kasambara sign bail documents.

Opposition and church leaders in Malawi had joined international human rights organizations in criticizing Kasambara's treatment.

Kasambara was arrested Feb. 13, accused of kidnapping and torturing three men he told reporters had confessed they had been sent by the government to firebomb his office. The government denies Kasambara's accusations. Kasambara denies the charges against him.

Police earlier refused to accept judges' orders that Kasambara be released on bail.

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