Zimbabwe Official Arrested
A Zimbabwe Cabinet minister has been arrested on charges of terrorism, sabotage, and conspiracy to commit banditry.
Roy Bennett is a white coffee grower who opposed President Robert Mugabe and whose farms were seized during a controversial land reform program. (Reuters)
The Movement for Democratic Change had nominated Bennett to become the deputy minister of agriculture under the new national unity government in collaboration with President Mugabe.
Bennett, who is also the Treasurer General, was taken into custody Friday, the same day that other MDC ministers were taking their swearing-in oaths.
Hundreds of party members and supporters on Friday surrounded the Mutare police station where Bennett is being held, CNN reports.
Bennett had been living in exile in South Africa for two years after fleeing Zimbabwe because police were investigating him in connection with an arms cache discovery.