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

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.

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