Sunday, October 12, 2008

Fugitive who helped Mugabe nabbed

The Zimbabwe situation Ari Ben-Menashe is a former spy and arms dealer who maintains what he calls
a "personal relationship" with Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe, a man he
much admires.
A resident of Montreal, Mr. Ben-Menashe has for years conducted business on
behalf of the brutal Mugabe regime, attempting to "improve" its image, or so
he claims.

There was a scheme in 2001, when he contrived to incriminate Mr. Mugabe's
chief political opponent, Morgan Tsvangirai, in a presidential assassination
plot. It was a nasty, ugly affair, conducted primarily from Mr.
Ben-Menashe's Montreal office.