Zimbabwe lawmaker jailed over presidential insult

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Posted: Dec 21, 2011 6:34 AM
Zimbabwe lawmaker jailed over presidential insult

The party of Zimbabwe's prime minister says one of its lawmakers will be jailed over the holidays on charges that she insulted the president at a political rally.

The Movement for Democratic Change said Wednesday that Lynette Kerenyi is scheduled to reappear in court Dec. 28 after state prosecutors defied a court ruling freeing her on $200 bail.

She had criticized President Robert Mugabe over his stand against homosexuality.

It is an offense in Zimbabwe to "undermine the authority" of the president.

The prosecutors invoked a harsh law canceling bail until they appeal the ruling. Her party has called for all minority rights to be enshrined in the nation's new constitution.