Harare — Ignatius Chombo, Zimbabwe’s former finance minister and a staunch ally of President Robert Mugabe, has become the first high-profile politician to appear in court on charges of fraud and corruption, a day after newly sworn-in President Emmerson Mnangagwa said corruption would not be tolerated by his administration. Chombo has been in military detention since the military’s seizure of power last week and has not been seen in public since then, prompting the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights to issue a statement this week appealing to the military to afford all persons it had detained during "Operation Restore Legacy" to be released and afforded a court appearance. Chombo’s lawyer, Lovemore Madhuku, said his client had been "beaten up, blindfolded throughout his week-long detention and had suffered injuries to his hands, legs and back." On Friday, Chombo was taken to Parirenyatwa hospital for treatment and medical attention to his injuries. In a charge sheet read at court, he...

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