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Thu Oct 23 01:13:33 SAST 2014

Tourist fined for Mugabe insult

Sapa-AP | 14 September, 2012 00:04
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe
Image by: PHILIMON BULAWAYO / REUTERS

Zimbabwean court officials say a Swiss tourist has been fined $200 for insulting President Robert Mugabe.

Thomas Fischer, of Altnau, Switzerland, was convicted by a court in northwestern Zimbabwe.

Prosecutors alleged that, during a delay in border formalities, Fischer said Mugabe "knew how to screw people, especially foreigners".

Insulting Mugabe is an offence under sweeping security laws and prosecutions are common.

Earlier this year, a salesman spent two months in jail after satirical cartoons, depicting a naked, skeletal Mugabe, were found on his cellphone.

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