Zimbabwe opposition official convicted of false declaration
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean court has convicted prominent opposition politician Tendai Biti for announcing that his party's leader won disputed elections held in July.
Biti was on trial for "unofficial and false declaration of results" and Magistrate Gloria Takundwa fined him $200 for the offence.
Biti's lawyer Alec Muchadehama said he will appeal against the court decision.
Biti told reporters after paying the fine that he was "absolutely innocent ... I'm not a criminal."
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Senior Zimbabwean opposition figure Tendai Biti on Thursday was charged with inciting public violence and declaring unofficial election results as fears grew about a government crackdown following the disputed July 30 election.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's disputed election (all times local):
The United States' top diplomat for Africa says he is "deeply troubled by credible reports that opposition supporters are being targeted by members of the Zimbabwean security forces" and that senior opposition official Tendai Biti has fled the country.