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Friday, February 13, 2009

'Mugabe assassination plotter' arrested

Fri, 13 Feb 2009 15:56:36 GMT | PressTV

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Roy Bennett
A Zimbabwean ministerial nominee, known for his alleged plot to kill President Robert Mugabe has been captured in the capital, Harare.

Former lawmaker Roy Bennett, who in 2006 took asylum in South Africa when he was accused of plotting to assassinate the leader, was arrested by the police on Friday.

Bennett returned the country on January 30 to take the post of deputy agriculture minister after being nominated by Premier Morgan Tsvangirai.

The white politician started confronting the ruling system when he was stripped of his farm as part of a land reform eight years ago.

"We understand that they are taking him to Marondera, where there is notorious torture and interrogation base," said Tsvangirai's party the Movement for Democratic Change, AFP reported.

Some describe the accusations and treatment he has received from the Mugabe government as unfair.

"I am scared because I don't know what faces me on the other side,” said Bennett who currently serves as the MDC treasurer general after his arrival.

Tsvangirai and Mugabe's perpetual political row saw many opposition figures including the premier himself repeatedly arrested. However, the two have lately agreed to form a unity government.

Each leader has been given almost half the say in the make-up of the unity cabinet but Mugabe is yet to name his ministers.

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