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Zimbabwe orders former US congressman deported

HARARE--A Zimbabwean court on Friday ordered that former U.S. congressman Melvin Reynolds be deported, after he pleaded guilty to flouting immigration laws for staying in the country on an expired visa.

The Harare magistrate's court ruled that Reynolds, a 62-year-old former congressman from Illinois, be expelled immediately after he pays a fine of US$100 or serves five days in prison.

Reynolds also faces a further charge of breaching Zimbabwe's tough pornography laws, a case that was set to be heard later Friday.

The charge sheet against him said he “had in his possession an iPhone 4S cell phone which contained videos and pictures of naked women and men having sexual intercourse.”

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