Zimbabwe PM aide cleared in plot to overthrow Mugabe

The case against Roy Bennett had stemmed from allegations of a plot to topple long-time President Robert Mugabe.

Updated: May 10, 2010, 15:49 PM IST

Harare: A Zimbabwean judge has acquitted a top aide of Prime Minister of all charges in a terrorism case that had strained the country`s coalition government.

The judge ruled on Monday that prosecutors had failed to prove that e-mails allegedly linking Roy Bennett to an arms dealer were genuine.

The case against Bennett had stemmed from allegations of a plot to topple long-time President Robert Mugabe.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said the charges were baseless and part of efforts by Mugabe loyalists to undermine Zimbabwe`s coalition government.

Leaders of Mugabe`s party had said it was up to a judge to determine the merits of the case.

Bureau Report