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Zambian opposition leader to be tried for espionage

[JURIST] A Lusaka magistrate court has held that the Zambian Director of Public Prosecutions has sufficient evidence to proceed with a trial against Patriotic Front President Michael Sata [party profile] on espionage charges. Sata's trial will be held before the Zambian High Court, and will focus on his alleged incitement of explosions caused by workers at the Konkola Copper Mines in the recent employment strikes occurring there. Sata has been a high ranking political figure in Zambia for decades, starting off in the one-party government and then breaking away in the early 1990s with the reform movement. He created the Patriotic Front [party website] in October 2001, and has been one of the main opposition leaders challenging current Zambian President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa [Wikipedia profile]. The Times of Zambia has local coverage.

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