Ex-US congressman arrives at Zim court

2014-02-19 15:29
Former US Congressman Mel Reynolds arrives at the Harare Magistrates court in Zimbabwe. (Jekesai Njikizana, AFP)

Former US Congressman Mel Reynolds arrives at the Harare Magistrates court in Zimbabwe. (Jekesai Njikizana, AFP)

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WhatsApp slur against Mugabe gets Zim man arrested - report
WhatsApp slur against Mugabe gets Zim man arrested - report

Insulting President Robert Mugabe on social media is a risky business, as a Zimbabwean man who's been arrested for posting a message to the wrong WhatsApp group will no doubt testify.

Harare - Former US congressman Mel Reynolds, who was arrested in Zimbabwe on Monday for allegedly possessing pornography and violating immigration laws, has arrived at the Magistrate's Court in the capital Harare where he awaits proceedings.

The ex-congressman, who lost his seat representing Illinois almost 20 years ago after being convicted of statutory rape, told journalists at the court that he had not received any assistance from the US Embassy.

According to Zimbabwe's state-controlled newspaper, the Herald, Reynolds overstayed his visa and allegedly also brought several Zimbabwean models and other women to his hotel room where he took photographs and videos.

Reynolds has won some prominence in Zimbabwe for helping to draw investment to hotel and office projects and is also known for his opposition to sanctions against President Robert Mugabe.

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