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Zimbabwe lawmaker jailed over presidential insult

December 21, 2011
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HARARE, Zimbabwe—The party of Zimbabwe's prime minister says one of its lawmakers will be jailed over the holidays on charges that she insulted the president at a political rally.

The Movement for Democratic Change said Wednesday that Lynette Kerenyi is scheduled to reappear in court Dec. 28 after state prosecutors defied a court ruling freeing her on $200 bail.

She had criticized President Robert Mugabe over his stand against homosexuality.

It is an offense in Zimbabwe to "undermine the authority" of the president.

The prosecutors invoked a harsh law canceling bail until they appeal the ruling. Her party has called for all minority rights to be enshrined in the nation's new constitution.

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