BITI DEPORTED


Tendai Biti has been handed over to the police in Zimbabwe by the Zambian authorities. defying a court order stopping them from deporting him.

"They have defied the court order to allow him to seek asylum and as I am speaking to you right now he has been handed over to the Zimbabwean police," lawyer Gilbert Phiri told AFP.

Biti fled to Zambia on Wednesday claiming asylum, reportedly facing charges at home of inciting post-election violence.

Zambian authorities swiftly refused him asylum, but Phiri said Biti's legal team had managed to challenge the decision, keeping Biti in Zambia. But authorities have ignored the ruling and deported him, Phiri said.

He is on the Zimbabwe side," he confirmed. "This is really embarrassing." A hearing at Zambia's High Court, where Biti was supposed to appear, will go ahead Thursday in his absence, Phiri added.

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