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12 White Farmers, Retired Judge Arrested

September 14, 2002|From Times Wire Services

Police in Zimbabwe rounded up 12 white farmers for defying an eviction order and arrested a retired white judge who had previously clashed with President Robert Mugabe's government.

The farmers were the first to be arrested since Mugabe warned Sept. 4 that white opponents of his controversial land reforms faced jail if they did not cooperate.

Recently retired High Court Judge Fergus Blackie was also detained. He had tried to sentence the justice minister to prison. Officials accused him of irregularities in office and bias against the government.

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