Zimbabwe Ex-Finance Minister Faces Corruption, Fraud Charges

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Ignatius Chombo, Zimbabwe’s finance minister until the military seized control of the country, was charged with three offenses including corruption, abuse of office and fraud.

Chombo appeared in a Harare court on Saturday to face the charges, which were listed in a document handed to reporters at the court by his lawyer, Lovemore Madhuku. The court ruled that Chombo must remain in custody until Monday when his team can apply for bail.

Ignatius Chombo, second right, leaves Harare Magistrate Court Nov. 25.

Photographer: Zinyange Auntony/AFP via Getty Images

Madhuku told Bloomberg News that his client returned to a hospital under police guard.

”We’re not happy with the outcome,”  Madhuku said. “We will return on Monday for bail. This was a pre-deternined situation.”

Chombo was a member of the so-called Generation-40 faction of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front loyal to Grace Mugabe, the 52-year-old wife of former President Robert Mugabe, who was deposed in a near-bloodless coup last week.

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