Prominent Zimbabwe Investor in Court Over Tough Citizenship Laws
2006-09-02
One of Zimbabwe's richest and most controversial businessmen, John Bredenkamp, was in court Friday defending himself against allegations he violated tough citizenship laws. Bredenkamp, who invested heavily in Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, now faces up to two years in jail on the charges. When he was first arrested in July, the state press claimed Bredenkamp, who has business interests in several countries, was wanted for allegations of massive fraud. When the case got to court, the only charge was under the Immigration Act, which does not allow Zimbabwe citizens to hold any other passport. The court heard Bredenkamp has been stripped of his Zimbabwe citizenship, because the government found out he had a South African passport. Bredenkamp told the court he has never used the South African passport in Zimbabwe.
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