Former US congressman in hiding in South Africa

2014-03-04 13:59

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Former Democratic member of the US House of Representatives Mel Reynolds says he is in hiding in South Africa after his deportation from Zimbabwe because he believes his life is in danger.

He said in a telephone interview that he believes he is being pursued by a secret Zimbabwean death squad because of information he has on American businesspeople, especially from Chicago, who are doing business illegally with Zimbabwe.

He accused President Robert Mugabe’s regime of “trumping up” pornography charges against him two weeks ago to discredit him. He was arrested on February 16.

He spent a few days in a Zimbabwean jail and then the pornography charges were dropped on a technicality. He pleaded guilty to violating Zimbabwe’s immigration laws.

He was deported to South Africa on February 23 after paying a $100 (R1 080) fine.

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