Carpenter arrested over balloon comment
HARARE | A lawyers group said police arrested a carpenter who questioned whether Zimbabwe’s president still has the strength to blow up balloons at his 88th birthday celebrations.
The independent Lawyers for Human Rights said Wednesday the carpenter was arrested after watching Saturday’s celebrations on television in a bar.
The group says the man has been charged under laws making it an offense to insult President Robert Mugabe and is to reappear in court March 12 to face a fine.
Such arrests for remarks seen as undermining Mr. Mugabe’s authority are frequent.