Zimbabwe police charge U.S. citizen with anti-government plot




U.S. citizen Martha O'Donovan arrives at court in Harare, Zimbabwe November 4, 2017. O'Donovan was charged on Friday with attempting to overthrow the Zimbabwean government, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in jail, after police earlier accused her of insulting 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

HARARE (Reuters) – A U.S. citizen was charged on Friday with attempting to overthrow the Zimbabwean government, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in jail, after police earlier accused her of insulting 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

Martha O‘Donovan, who works for Magamba TV, which describes itself as Zimbabwe’s leading producer of political satire, was picked up in a dawn raid on her Harare home, her lawyer said.

O‘Donovan, who denies both charges, was expected in court on Saturday, lawyer Obey Shava said.