BBC presenter finally set free

Petroc Trelawny, a BBC radio presenter who was last week arrested for allegedly operating in Zimbabwe without a work permit was on Monday set free after the Attorney General’s office decided to drop charges against him.

Trelawney was arrested and detained last Thursday at an arts festival in Bulawayo where he was participating.

The police had charged him with violating the immigration law for practising as a presenter despite having no permit to work in Zimbabwe.

Trelawney had denied the charge levelled against him.

His lawyer, Munyaradzi Nzarayapenga, told The Zimbabwean that the AG dropped the charge but did not specify the reason for doing so.

‘‘The AG has decided not to prosecute him and he is now a free man,’’ Nzarayapenga said. ‘‘I have also been advised that Trelawney will not be deported.’’

The lawyer dismissed earlier reports that implied that his client sustained the fractured arm that saw him getting detained at a Bulawayo hospital at the hands of the police.

‘‘I received no complaints of ill treatment of my client by the police and the injury he sustained was an accident,’’ said Nzarayapenga.

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