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Zimbabwe to Appeal Tsvangirai's Acquittal


Zimbabwe's government says it plans to challenge the acquittal of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on treason charges.

Acting Attorney-General Bharat Patel told the state-run Sunday Mail newspaper that his office expects to file an appeal by mid-November.

Earlier this month, Zimbabwe's High Court ruled there was no evidence to prove accusations that Mr. Tsvangirai had conspired to kill President Robert Mugabe in 2002.

Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa had reacted angrily to the verdict, saying the court "wrongly acquitted" Mr. Tsvangirai. But Mr. Chinamasa later said the government would accept the decision.

Mr. Tsvangirai has rejected the allegations, saying the trial was an attempt by the government to stifle its political opponents.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.