U.S. citizen appears in court charged with anti-government plot in Zimbabwe

HARARE, ZIMBABWE (NOVEMBER 4, 2O17) (REUTERS) – A U.S. citizen charged with anti-government plot in Zimbabwe appeared at Harare Magistrates court on Saturday (November 4).

Martha O’Donovan was charged on Friday (November 3) with attempting to overthrow the Zimbabwean government, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in jail, after police earlier accused her of insulting 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

O’Donovan, who works for Magamba TV, which describes itself as Zimbabwe’s leading producer of political satire, was picked up in a dawn raid on her Harare home.

The police search warrant showed that central to its investigation was a post on O’Donovan’s Twitter feed referring to a “Goblin” whose wife and step-sons had imported a Rolls-Royce, an apparent reference to Mugabe, though he was not named. In a statement to police seen by Reuters, O’Donovan said: “I deny the allegations being levelled against me as baseless and malicious. That is all I wish to say.”