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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 07:39 PM
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Mugabe officials ‘spied for Britain’
January 09, 2005

Mugabe officials ‘spied for Britain’
Karen MacGregor, Durban

FIVE senior officials from Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party, including a rich relative of President Robert Mugabe, have been arrested and charged with spying for Britain and other western countries.

The five men have been charged under Zimbabwe’s draconian Official Secrets Act with selling high-level information on government and Zanu-PF activities to “hostile” western intelligence agencies. If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison.

Among those behind bars is Philip Chiyangwa, a flamboyant businessman, MP and one of 10 Zanu-PF provincial chairmen, who is distantly related to Mugabe. He and a party security official are believed to have been tortured at the infamous Goromonzi military camp 50 miles east of the capital Harare.

Chiyangwa, whose diverse business interests include a company called CIA Marketing and who owns a mansion with a helipad, was detained on December 15 and appeared in a closed court on Christmas Eve, when he is thought to have pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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hilster Donating Member (135 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 07:51 PM
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1. CIA
The article listed the CIA as one of the agencies implicated. Do you think the "'hostile' western intelligence agencies" relates to America?
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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:24 PM
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2. They weren't doctors, by any chance? n/t
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