Zim police question journalist over Iran uranium deal report

2013-08-15 08:40

Harare – Zimbabwean police summoned a journalist from British newspaper The Times for questioning over a story about a secret uranium export deal between Zimbabwe and Iran.

Harare-based Times journalist Jan Raath was released yesterday after an earlier summons, according to his lawyer Harrison Nkomo.

“He’s been questioned and released. That’s all I can say for now,” Nkomo told AFP.

Raath and colleague Jerome Starkey reported the deal in the London paper on Saturday. Starkey has since left the country.

A Zimbabwean state newspaper then reported Raath and Starkey were wanted for “spreading falsehoods”.

The Times quoted outgoing deputy mines minister Gift Chimanikire as saying Zimbabwe had signed a deal to supply Iran with raw materials needed to develop a nuclear weapon.

Chimanikire later denied the report, and mines minister Obert Mpofu refuted the supposed deal.

The US and the European Union have imposed crippling sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme.

Tehran insists the programme is for peaceful energy uses, but Western powers fear it intends to build an atomic bomb.

Zimbabwe is also subject to international sanctions over its human rights record and alleged election fraud.

President Robert Mugabe, who won another five-year term in disputed polls last month, has publicly backed Iran’s nuclear drive.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/World
 

WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:

 
 

You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.