Zambia ex-president arrested
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 7:08AM
VOA News in Nigeria, Rupiah Banda, Zambia

Rupiah Bwezani Banda, 76, says his opponents are on a political witch hunt (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)Former Zambian leader Rupiah Banda has been arrested and charged with abuse of power over a controversial oil deal.

He was arrested Monday and quickly released on bail.

Banda, who ruled Zambia between 2008 and 2011, is accused of corruption in the procurement of oil from a Nigerian firm.

He has denied the charges.

Zambia's parliament earlier lifted Banda's immunity from prosecution, saying the move would allow officials to investigate cases of corruption during his rule.

Banda's lawyers say the accusations are part of an effort to weaken opposition parties by harassing and intimidating their leaders.

-- Reporting by voanews.com

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