Former Zimbabwe finance minister Ignatius Chombo, who was among those detained by the military when they seized power before Robert Mugabe resigned, was charged with three counts of corruption in offences that took place more than a decade ago. Pascale Davies reports
As Zimbabwe faces a new political era, the ousted former finance minister, Ignatiu Chombo, has been charged with three counts of corruption in offenses that took place more than a decade ago. Chombo was among those detained by the military when they seized power before Robert Mugabe resigned. Chombo was charged with attempting to defraud the Zimbabwean central bank, among other offenses committed in 2004, he was local government minister at the time. Chombo's lawyer says he was admitted to hospital with injuries sustained from beatings he received in military custody. But a Reuters reporter says Chombo had no visible injuries and appeared calm. The former finance minister was detained almost two weeks ago after the military launched "Operation Restore Legacy" which it said was meant to remove "criminals" around ousted president Mugabe. Several members of a group allied to Mugabe and his wife Grace were detained and expelled from the ruling party. Before his inauguration, the new president Emmerson Mnangagwa urged the country's citizens not to undertake any form of quote "vengeful retribution".