Deported Libyan ‘spy’ expected back in Zim


Charlene Ambali

FORMER Libyan diplomat Yousef Murgham, who was feared dead after his deportation from Zimbabwe last year, is alive and well, his lawyer Jonathan Samkange said this week.<
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Last week the High Court confirmed a provisional order granted last year which ruled that Murgham’s deportation was illegal and that the government should repatriate him to Zimbabwe. The state did not challenge the provisional order and a confirmation ruling was made in default last Wednesday.


Samkange this week said Murgham was currently in Libya and would be heading back to Zimbabwe.


“Murgham is in Libya and would be coming back,” said Samkange.


He said the Department of Immigration was agreeable to Murgham’s return to Zimbabwe.


At the beginning of the year his family, which is still in Zimbabwe, said it had lost touch with him since his deportation and feared him to be dead.


The Department of Immigration in August is alleged to have breached the law by deporting him to Egypt instead of handing him over to officials in Libya.


Murgham was deported after the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) declared that he was a security threat to Zimbabwe. The CIO, reports said, accused Murgham of working with British intelligence and the Movement for Democratic Change and alleged that he was thwarting government efforts to procure fuel from Libya.


In his defence against the deportation, Murgham wrote a letter on April 16, 2002 to President Mugabe claiming that he had helped the ruling party to campaign in the 1990 presidential election. He said he had arranged for a meeting between Mugabe and Nathan Shamuyarira, Zanu PF’s secretary for information, and a Libyan official, Mussa Kosa. The meeting resulted in Libya contributing US$100 000 towards Zanu PF’s presidential election campaign in 1990.


Murgham came to work in Zimbabwe as a counsellor at the Libyan embassy. He resigned in 1993 but remained in the country.