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Opposition Leader's Murder Plot Trial Ends

THE WORLD | IN BRIEF / ZIMBABWE

February 27, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

The trial of Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on charges of plotting to kill President Robert Mugabe ended with defense lawyers calling the state's key witness a liar.

Tsvangirai, head of the Movement for Democratic Change, denies planning to assassinate Mugabe and seize power ahead of presidential elections in 2002. He also faces separate treason charges linked to anti-government protests.

He could be sentenced to death if convicted. No verdict is expected for several months.

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