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Tsvangirai denies plotting assassination

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai told a court hearing Tuesday that a Canada-based political consultant had tried to convince him of the need to assassinate Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, but denied he had in any way agreed to such a plot. Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, is charged with plotting to assassinate Mugabe in a case that carries the death penalty if he is convicted. The charges hinge on a grainy and barely audible 4 1/2-hour video, secretly recorded in 2001 at consultant Ari Ben Menashe’s Montreal offices, in which Tsvangirai is accused of calling for Mugabe’s “elimination.” Full Story

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