NLNG Corporate Caring banner FirstGem 3rd anniversay lecture Fidelity bank card banner Emerald Energy Institute Camano banner

U.S. citizen arrested in Zimbabwe over negative Mugabe tweet

By News Express on 03/11/2017

Gmail icon

Views: 964

•Veteran Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
•Veteran Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwean police detained a U.S. citizen and seized her laptop on Friday on suspicion of calling President Robert Mugabe a “Goblin” on Twitter, the first arrest since the creation of a Ministry of Cyber Security last month, her lawyers said.

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said in a statement that Martha O‘Donovan, who works for Magamba TV, which describes itself as Zimbabwe’s leading producer of political satire, was picked up during a dawn raid on her Harare home.

The lawyers said the police were armed with a search warrant linked to an investigation of a case of “undermining authority of or insulting the President”.

Central to their investigation, it said, was a post on O‘Donovan’s Twitter feed referring to a “Goblin” whose wife and step-sons had imported a Rolls Royce, an apparent reference to 93-year-old Mugabe even though he was not named.

Recent online reports have claimed Mugabe’s two adult sons, Robert Jr and Chatunga, have imported at least one luxury vehicle from neighboring South Africa.

O’Donovan’s Twitter account was locked on Friday but a photograph on her home page referred to #ShutdownZimbabwe2016, a series of protests in 2016 that rattled Mugabe’s government and elicited a fierce crackdown on the streets and online.

Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said she had no immediate information about the case.

The U.S. embassy in Harare confirmed that an American citizen had been arrested and said it was monitoring the situation closely.

If convicted, O‘Donovan faces a maximum of one year in jail, her lawyer said. (Reuters/NAN)

Source News Express

Posted 03/11/2017 6:00:17 PM

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Civil Society advises Aregbesola to resign as Osun...

Army torturing our detained members to death, IPOB...

Jonathan selects Abacha as one of Nigeria’s greatest...

Zamfara donates N8.5m to families of slain Nigerien...

Union warns Ondo govt against diversion of bailout...

Fuel queues return to major cities

Kane’s late double saves Spurs from opening day...

Imo 2019: It’s Madumere or never for APC,...

Special feature: Wizkid vs Davido

Ortom directs immediate disbursement of Paris Club refund...

Travellers stranded as Nigeria suddenly shuts down Seme...

25,700 candidates jostle for 6,500 slots in UniJos...

 

Latest News How we help kidnappers, armed robbers evade Police arrest — Software engineers Imo topping list of ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ in South-East — EFCC Jumia’s woes increase as it suspends e-commerce operations in Cameroon Bayelsa Guber: Jonathan happy with Lyon’s victory — APC Ex-bank manager, account officer jailed for fraud Task force relocates lion used as ‘maiguard’ in private Lagos residence •Vows to deal with owner Bandits attack Zamfara community, kill 14, injure 10 Anambra: Police, robbery suspects in gun battle Falana seeks death penalty for corrupt politicians Akpabio, Ekpenyong’s DGs in war of words over rerun poll Imo Government overrules ultimatum to herdsmen Businessman forges dead man’s affidavit to get CAC Certificate

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (563,732 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (452,743 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (401,986 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (336,433 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (304,041 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (282,194 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (259,107 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (257,321 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (238,854 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (225,248 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (201,696 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (198,317 views)

 

CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (110) Business & Economy (4,576) Business Verdict (86) Columnists (1,144) Complaints & Requests (97) Enterprise & Opportunities (219) Entertainment (704) Features (845) Global Business Monitor (493) ICT Monitor (67) International (4,219) Interview (211) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (176) Maggie's Blog (486) News (54,113) Opinion (1,420) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,768) Religion (1,121) Sports (2,227) Stock Watch (40) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera