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Zimbabwe chief prosecutor in court on abuse of office charges

2016-02-02 20:47
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Harare - Zimbabwe's chief prosecutor appeared in court on Tuesday on charges of abuse of office after releasing two of four people suspected of planning to bomb a dairy farm belonging to President Robert Mugabe.

Prosecutor Johannes Tomana was detained on Monday "in connection with the release of suspects arrested after we foiled a planned bombing at the president's farm”, a police source said.

"He authorised the release of people who are facing serious offences," a police witness told the court.

Among the four suspects arrested last month were two military officers and the leader of a small non-parliamentary party.

One of the army officers and the fourth suspect were later released. Press reports said the two had links with the intelligence services.

The four are due to appear in court next week on charges of treason.

The alleged plan to bomb Mugabe's property was the first of its kind in the southern African country.

The 91-year-old president controls several farms, despite land reform that expropriated white farmers only allowing one person to receive one farm.

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