Harare paper says UN investigator “tried to gatecrash into” Zimbabwe

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United Nations human rights expert Manfred Nowak was deported from Zimbabwe a day after being detained by security officials on arrival in Harare, reports AlJazeera. Early on Thursday, Mr. Nowak left the country on a flight back to Johannesburg, a UN spokesman said. Nowak said Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, whose power-sharing deal with President Mugabe is under severe strain, had invited him to Zimbabwe. “I had not anticipated this. This is a serious diplomatic incident,” he told Reuters. Zimbabwe state media, The Herald newspaper said Nowak had tried to “gatecrash into the country.” Nowak and his team were due to resume an eight-day fact finding mission to investigate alleged human rights abuses and arrests targeting supporters of Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change.

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