Zimbabwe's Top Prosecutor Arrested in Case of Dairy-Bombing Plot

Zimbabwean Prosecutor-General Johannes Tomana will go on trial later this month for obstructing justice after dropping charges against soldiers accused of planning to bomb a dairy farm owned by President Robert Mugabe and his family.

A court in the capital, Harare, released Tomana on $1,000 bail and ordered him to surrender his passport after his arrest late on Monday. Tomana has denied any wrongdoing, said his lawyer, Thabani Mpofu.

“My client didn’t abuse his office,” Mpofu told reporters in Harare on Tuesday. “He acted independently, as the constitution dictates, and used his discretion without influence from anyone.”

Tomana released two army officers detained on Jan. 22 for allegedly attempting to bomb Gushungo Dairies Pvt Ltd. in Mazowe, about 20 miles north of Harare.

“We want to know whether there was outside influence on his decision to release men who are themselves facing serious charges,” said state prosecutor Timothy Makoni.

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