In another blow to Zimbabwe's fledgling unity government, police moved to hold a prominent opposition politician in jail for second day, the BBC reports. Roy Bennett will most likely spend the night in jail after prosecutors failed to come to court today to present insurgency and terrorism charges against the nominee for deputy agriculture minister. Bennett is one of 30 members of Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change who have been detained in recent months.
A white farmer whose land was nationalized by Mugabe’s government, Bennett spent 8 months in jail in 2004 for pushing a minister in parliament. He recently returned to Zimbabwe, having fled to South Africa after he was accused of being involved in an alleged plot to kill Mugabe. The MDC’s finance minister said the party had not decided how to respond to Bennett’s detention.