Spy trio jailed


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Three ZANU-PF officials were found of spying on the party for South African intelligence and were jailed for five to six years.

Zimbabwe’s ambassador-designate to Mozambique Godfrey Dzvairo was sentenced to six years. Banker Tendai Matambanadzo and ZANU-PF external affairs director Itai March got five years each.

The trial of ZANU-PF deputy security chief Kenny Karidza was ongoing.

Chinhoyi MP Phillip Chiyangwa was awaiting trial on similar charges.

 

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Viewing cable 05HARARE207, SPY TRIO GETS JAIL TERMS

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Reference ID

Created

Released

Classification

Origin

05HARARE207

2005-02-10 11:05

2011-08-30 01:44

UNCLASSIFIED

Embassy Harare

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS HARARE 000207

 

SIPDIS

 

AF/S FOR BNEULING

NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR C. COURVILLE, D. TEITELBAUM

PARIS FOR C. NEARY

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: PGOV PREL PHUM PINR ZI ZANU PF

SUBJECT: SPY TRIO GETS JAIL TERMS

 

REF: HARARE 83 AND PREVIOUS

 

(U) On February 8, three of the ZANU-PF officials found

guilty of spying on ZANU-PF for South African intelligence

were given jail sentences. The three, Zimbabwe,s

ambassador-designate to Mozambique, Godfrey Dzvairo, banker

Tendai Matambanadzo, and ZANU-PF external affairs director

Itai March, pled guilty on December 24 but later changed

their plea to not guilty on the basis that they were without

legal representation when they made their plea. The

magistrate threw out their change of plea and upheld the

guilty plea. Dzvairo received a sentence of six years, and

the other two received five years each, according to the

Herald and the Daily Mirror newspapers. The trial of ZANU-PF

deputy security chief Kenny Karidza is ongoing. Chinhoyi

M.P. Phillip Chiyangwa is awaiting trial on similar charges.

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