Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Zambia: of elephants, baboons and deportation

The Zambian High Court on Monday blocked the deportation order for Roy Clarke, the British writer who earned the ire of senior members of the government when he wrote a column comparing the president and his ministers to various animals in a game park.

An interview with Clarke, along with an excerpt from the offending column, can be found here.

The government had revoked Clarke's residence permit and given him 24 hours to leave the country in which he has lived for the past 40 years. Since Clarke chose to ignore the deadline and go into hiding, the government this morning issued a warrant for his arrest.

A hearing into the deportation order will continue tomorrow.