Supreme Court upholds Bennett acquittal

THE Supreme Court on Thursday threw out an appeal against the acquittal of Roy Bennett in an alleged plot to overthrow President Robert Mugabe, his lawyer said on Thursday.\r\n

"The judgment was delivered by the Supreme Court today and the ruling said the application against the acquittal of Roy Bennett had no chances of success," attorney Beatrice Mtetwa told AFP.

Bennett, a top aide to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, was acquitted in May last year after a high court judge ruled the state had failed to connect him to a plot against Mugabe.

Prosecutors filed an appeal in the Supreme Court challenging the acquittal.

Bennett’s case is one of the major stumbling blocks facing the unity government between Mugabe and Tsvangirai, who had tapped him as deputy agriculture minister in the unity government.

Mugabe has vowed he will never swear in Bennett.

The white 53-year-old former farmer was arrested in February 2009, shortly before he was to be sworn in, over accusations that he had funded a plot to topple Mugabe five years ago.