US politician convicted, faces deportation in Zimbabwe

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A court in Zimbabwe has sentenced former US Democratic Congressman Melvin Reynolds to $100 fine of five days in prison, coupled with immediate deportation after he pleaded guilty to flouting the country’s immigration laws.

According to CNN, a magistrates’ court cleared Reynolds of a second charge of being found in possession of pornographic material after the prosecution failed to produce authority from the prosecutor-general to proceed with the case.

It is reported that Reynolds entered the country in November on a 14-day visa, which was only renewed once and has expired.

CNN said that Reynolds was first elected to represent Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District in 1992. He resigned three years later, shortly after his conviction on charges of criminal sexual assault, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography in a case stemming from his relationship with a 16-year-old campaign worker.

 

Do you think an American politician can be convicted in Nigeria? Has it ever happened?

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