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Zambia satirist on fresh charge
Roy Clarke
Clarke's daughter was abducted by armed men
A British writer who is challenging deportation orders from Zambia has been released on bail after allegedly assaulting police officers.

Roy Clarke was arrested on Thursday after he allegedly shoved police officers when he went to report the abduction of his daughter.

Mr Clarke, is expected to appear in court on Monday.

Last month the satirist compared President Levy Mwanawasa to a "foolish elephant" in a newspaper column.

Court order

The news editor of the Post newspaper, Amos Malupenga told AFP news agency that Mr Clarke's daughter was allegedly abducted in her car by three men dressed in police uniform.

Mr Malupenga said the men drove around with her for several hours, before dumping her at the roadside and driving off with her car.

Mr Clarke has lived in Zambia for more than 40 years and is married to a Zambian women's rights activist.

His article in the Post last month incensed the government, who ordered him to leave the country within 24 hours.

He obtained a court order to block the deportation and is still awaiting a ruling by the Lusaka High Court.




SEE ALSO:
Writer lampoons Zambian leaders
08 Jan 04  |  Africa
Zambian court blocks deportation
06 Jan 04  |  Africa
Country profile: Zambia
29 Nov 02  |  Country profiles


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