Mugabe Rival Accused of Treason

Dangerous new stakes in controversial election
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2008 7:49 AM CDT
Pedestrians pass beneath an election banner with a portrait of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe in Harare Tuesday April 15, 2008. Additional police and soldiers were deployed across Zimbabwe's capital...   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who is convinced he won last month's presidential election, has now been accused of treason by President Robert Mugabe's government. The accusation presents a dangerous new threat in the wake of the controversial elections, whose results have not yet been released. "There is no doubting the consequences for acting in a treasonous manner," warned Zimbabwe Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa.

Chinamasa accused Tsvangirai of treason today as he responded to remarks made by British PM Gordon Brown to the UN Security Council in which he condemned Mugabe's government for stealing the election. "It is clear that Tsvangirai along with Brown are seeking regime change in Zimbabwe, and on the part of Tsvangirai, this is treasonous," said Chinamasa.