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Zimbabwe: UN torture investigator stopped

Zimbabwe: UN torture investigator stopped

The U.N. torture investigator says immigration officials at Zimbabwe's main airport are blocking him from entering the country.
Manfred Nowak told The Associated Press in a telephone interview late Wednesday that the officials were refusing to allow him in even though he showed them his invitation letter from Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
Nowak said earlier Wednesday that after receiving the invitation other Zimbabwean officials told him not to come. He had flown from Vienna to Johannesburg en route to neighboring Zimbabwe.
Nowak says he believes the last-minute refusal comes from a branch of the government not under Tsvangirai's control. He says he may be forced to return to Johannesburg Thursday.


Updated : 2021-06-16 04:31 GMT+08:00