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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Tsvangari back in the firing line
After announcing a few months ago that judgement had been indefinitely postponed, the Zimbabwean judiciary has stated that a verdict on Tsvangari's case will be delivered on 15 October 2004. The verdict in the treason case carries a possible death penalty, and one shudders at the thought of what would happen in Zimbabwe in that unlikely event. Tsvangari's lawyers have largely disproved the credibility of the state's witness, Ari Ben-Menashe, and it is more likely that he will be acquitted, as the allegations occurred in the run-up to the elections, and have widely been accredited as being part of Mugabe's dirty electioneering campaigns.