Zimbabwean police detained a former finance minister and now an opposition figure, Tendai Biti, after Zambian authorities rejected his bid for asylum and deported him.
“An hour ago Biti was handed over to Zimbabwean law enforcement officers and as we speak he is on Zimbabwean soil,” his Zambian lawyer Gilbert Phiri told the Reuters news agency by phone.
Authorities in Zambia on Thursday defied a court order stopping them from deporting Biti, handing him over to police across the border, he said.
The opposition Movement for Democratic Change figure fled to Zambia on Wednesday but was denied asylum.
Police in Zimbabwe were looking for Biti and eight other opposition leaders for allegedly fomenting violence following a disputed national election in which President Emmerson Mnangagwa was declared the winner.
Biti was named along with the opposition presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa in a search warrant issued last week.
They and several others were accused of “possession of dangerous weapons” and “subversive material”, as well as “public violence,” according to a copy of the warrant.
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