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Senior Zimbabwe Official Arrested in Spy Probe

Authorities in Zimbabwe have arrested a sixth man in a widening investigation into an alleged spy ring.

The state-run Herald newspaper reports Tuesday police arrested a senior official at the Ministry of State of National Security after he allegedly found out about the spy ring - but failed to report it.

If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

Five other officials are facing charges of selling state secrets to foreign agents.

One of those is Philip Chiyangwa, a lawmaker from Mashonaland West and a top official in the ruling ZANU-PF party. Other suspects include the country's ambassador-designate to Mozambique, Godfrey Dzvairo, two ruling party officials, Itai Marchi and Kenny Karidza and a bank executive, Tendai Matambanadzo.

The Herald reports three of the suspects are trying to switch their original plea from guilty to not guilty.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.