Zimbabwe

WikiLeaks: Zim mulls treason charges

2011-01-20 22:07

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Zim media praises 'steadfast' Mugabe
Zim media praises 'steadfast' Mugabe

Zimbabwe's state media has praised President Robert Mugabe's "intellectual clarity" and "ideological steadfastness" after he celebrated his 91st birthday.

Harare - Zimbabwe's top lawyer says he may seek treason charges against former opposition politicians named in diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.

Attorney-general Johannes Tomana has formed an unnamed five-member expert panel to assess some 3 000 Zimbabwe-related US cables for breaches of security laws.

But Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights chief Irene Petras says the constitution and terms of Tomana's official powers don't allow him to call in outside advisers.

She calls the investigation "an abuse of power".

Tomana says the panel is anonymous for ethical reasons.

He says it will submit its opinions by March on contacts between US diplomats and members of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party who allegedly conspired to oust longtime ruler President Robert Mugabe.

- AP

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