Tsvangirai: Crash Was Probably an Accident

Only 'one in a thousand' chance foul play involved
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2009 11:54 AM CDT
The wrecked vehicle lays alongside the road near Harare Saturday, March 7, 2009, after being involved in an accident Friday in which Morgan Tsvangirai was injured and his wife Susan was killed.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Morgan Tsvangirai today said that the car accident that killed his wife was likely just that: an accident. Tsvangrai’s MDC has raised suspicions that the crash could have been an assassination attempt, but the prime minister dismissed that theory. “When something happens, there is always speculation,” he said. “In this case, if there was any foul play, it was one in a thousand.”

The British foreign ministry has seconded that assessment, saying the truck was part of a US/UK aid project, and the crash looked like “a genuine accident.” The driver has been charged with culpable homicide, a charge his lawyer says he intends to fight. He was granted bail today, and wasn’t asked to enter a plea.