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Zim deports former US congressman

Africa

Harare - A Zimbabwean court on Friday ordered the deportation of former US congressman Mel Reynolds after he pleaded guilty to staying in the southern African country on an expired visa.

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Former U S Congressman, Mel Reynolds, appears at the magistrates courts in Harare. Reynolds was arrested in Zimbabwe for allegedly possessing pornographic material and violating immigration laws. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Reynolds, 62, was arrested at a local hotel on Monday but has denied additional charges of possessing pornographic images and videos. That case was due to continue later on Friday.

Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe fined Reynolds $100 or five days in prison for the visa misdemeanour. His lawyer Arthur Gurira told the court the former Illinois congressman had suffered a mild stroke earlier this year. - Reuters

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