Zimbabwean opposition leader Tsvangirai released after brief detention

June 5th, 2008 - 5:32 am ICT by IANS  

Johannesburg/Harare, June 5 (DPA) Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was released from police detention Wednesday evening after being taken in for questioning while campaigning in the second round of the country’s presidential elections. Tsvangirai, 56, was detained at a roadblock near the village of Lupane in western Zimbabwe, together with several other party members.

He was released around 2015 GMT Wednesday after being held for around nine hours and questioning him about his earlier campaign walkabout in Lupane, his spokesman George Sibotshiwe confirmed.

Police also confiscated a security vehicle belonging to the team, Sibotshiwe said.

Tsvangirai returned around 10 days ago to Zimbabwe from more than a month of self-imposed exile in South Africa and Botswana to contest a run-off election against longtime President Robert Mugabe, 84, on June 27.

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