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Video by Oliver FARRY , Lise BARCELLINI

Latest update : 2009-02-15

Zimbabwe's MDC party announced Saturday that a party official, Brian James, had not been detained or abducted, despite previous reports. Another official, Roy Bennet, was arrested on Friday and charged with treason.

REUTERS - Zimbabwe's MDC party, which has
just formed a unity cabinet with President Robert Mugabe, said
on Saturday a party official it had reported as being arrested
had not in fact been detained.
 

It had said Brian James, mayor of the city of Mutare, was
arrested at the same police station where senior MDC official
Roy Bennett, who has been charged with treason, is being held.
 

"We have just been able to locate MDC Mutare Mayor Brian
James whom we had also feared to have been abducted. We can
confirm that he has NOT been arrested," it said in a statement.
 

The MDC said Zimbabwean security agents arrested Bennett on
Friday before the swearing in of a new unity cabinet under a
power sharing deal between Mugabe, the Movement for Democratic
Change and a smaller MDC faction.
 

Bennett's arrest is likely to fan tensions between Mugabe
and new Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, from the MDC, after
they ended months of deadlock over the power-sharing deal
designed to rescue their ruined country.

Date created : 2009-02-14

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