Former U.S. congressman Mel Reynolds (C) arrives at the Harare Magistrates court, February 20, 2014. …
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 yet has denied additional charges of possessing pornographic images & videos. That case was due to continue after 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.
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(Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Stella Mapenzauswa)
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