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Arrested BBC presenter injured


A BBC radio presenter arrested in Bulawayo and charged with working without a permit, will appear in court today.

Petroc Trelawny was detained on Thursday while attending an arts festival, his lawyer Munyaradzi Nzarayapenga said.

The presenter, who denies the charges, was sent to hospital after falling and fracturing his arm while in custody and is likely to appear in court today, the lawyer said.

He maintains it was purely an accident. He tripped and fell, Nzarayapenga said.

He is being charged with contravening the Immigration Act by working without a permit.
A BBC spokesman said: We are aware of the situation and hope it will be resolved soon.
The police were not immediately available for comment.

Zimbabwes media laws require journalists to be accredited by a State-appointed commission.
Police regularly arrest and deport foreign journalists for working in the country without clearance.

BBC reporters were banned from Zimbabwe in 2001, when President Robert Mugabes government accused the broadcaster of reporting lies.

But the ban was lifted in 2009 after Mugabes ZANU-PF lost its majority in parliament and he was forced into a power-sharing deal with Morgan Tsvangirai.

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