Saturday, April 22, 2006

A Zimbabwean MP seeks asylum in South Africa

A Zimbabwe opposition party MP has applied for asylum in South Africa claiming that his life is in danger from state security forces. Former MP for the opposition party, MDC, Roy Bennett fled Zimbabwe in March and is currently in South Africa, after the state-run Herald newspaper alleged that he was linked through the discovery of an arms cache to a plot to topple President Robert Mugabe’s government. Bennett's Gauteng legal consultant, Danie Fourie, confirmed to The Witness that Bennett was safe, but unwilling to talk to the media during the delicate negotiation phase. Bennett applied through Lawyers for Human Rights for international asylum.

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