Zimbabwean court orders former Illinois Rep. Mel Reynolds to be deported

By Reuters
Friday, February 21, 2014 10:23 EDT
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HARARE (Reuters) – A Zimbabwean court on Friday ordered the deportation of former U.S. congressman Mel Reynolds after he pleaded guilty to staying in the southern African country on an expired visa.

Reynolds, 62, was arrested at a local hotel on Monday but has denied additional charges of possessing pornographic images and videos. That case was due to continue later on Friday.

Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe fined Reynolds $100 or five days in prison for the visa misdemeanor. His lawyer Arthur Gurira told the court the former Illinois congressman had suffered a mild stroke earlier this year.

(The story adds dropped word in headline)

(Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Stella Mapenzauswa)

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