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Zambia’s former president arrested

A supporter of Zambia’s former president, Rupiah Banda, was arrested for misconduct on Monday.

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A supporter of Zambia’s former president, Rupiah Banda, was arrested for misconduct on Monday.

LUSAKA, Zambia — Zambia’s former president, Rupiah Banda, was arrested Monday on charges of abuse of authority and corruption.

Banda, 76, who ruled Zambia from 2008 to 2011, was released on bail of $100,000 and ordered to turn in his passport.

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Namukolo Kasumpa, a spokesman for the government investigating team, told journalists that Banda will appear in court Tuesday. Banda is also scheduled to be questioned by the investigating panel April 4.

He is accused of stealing $11 million, part of which he had used on his reelection campaign. Banda has denied all the charges.

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In a separate court case in the neighboring country of Zimbabwe, human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa was released by a court Monday after eight days in jail on charges of obstructing justice.

Mtetwa said her arrest was a ploy to intimidate human rights activists and prodemocracy groups ahead of upcoming elections expected in July.

‘‘It is a personal attack on all human rights lawyers but I was just made the first example.’’ Mtetwa said.

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“There will be many more arrests to follow as we near elections.’’ she said.

Mtetwa was arrested on March 17 along with four officials from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party.

Associated Press

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