Tanzanian police have illegally searched the offices of popular blogging site JamiiForums in the main city Dar es Salaam, a day after arresting its co-founder Maxence Melo, his lawyer has said.
The police took Mr Melo with them to the offices, and made copies of several documents, Mike Mushi, who launched JamiiForums with Mr Melo, said.
Police also searched Mr Melo’s home, his lawyer said.
Police did not have a search warrant, and carried out the raids without Mr Melo’s consent, he added.
Police were due to present to present Mr Melo in court this morning, but failed to do so.
They are apparently trying to find out the names of anonymous contributors to the Swahili language site, which often publishes sensitive information about the government.