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Mugabe guard roughs up Riksdag member

TT/The Local · 15 Apr 2009, 06:59

Published: 15 Apr 2009 06:59 GMT+02:00

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Riksdag member Fredrik Schulte of the Moderate Party was visiting a bookstore in Singapore when Mugabe’s entourage entered the shop.

The 27-year-old Swedish politician managed to take two pictures from a distance of about five metres before a woman near Mugabe reacted.

Someone who Schulte believed to be one of Mugabe’s bodyguards threw the Swede up against a bookshelf and forced him to erase the pictures.

Upon returning to Sweden on Tuesday, Schulte turned over his camera’s memory card to Riksdag IT-support staff for examination.

As he didn’t take any more pictures following the incident, the images can most likely be recovered.

When reached by the TT news agency, Schulte was at a loss to explain why he decided to take a picture of a man considered to be one of Africa’s most brutal dictators.

“I really don’t know why [I photographed him]. It’s just one of those things that happens,” Schulte said.

“When you realize you’re standing next to the Hitler of our time, the camera comes out.”

Schulte added that he would “bet his life” that the man he photographed was Mugabe.

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The 85-year-old president of Zimbabwe leads a country suffering from a severe economic crisis. Nevertheless, last winter it became known that Mugabe had purchased a luxury home in Hong Kong for around 50 million kronor ($6 million).

He owns several expensive homes throughout Asia and his wife Grace has taken a number of shopping trips to the region in recent years, including visits to Hong Kong and Bangkok.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

07:29 April 15, 2009 by Marley420
To bad there was not an assassination team waiting inside the bookstore. There must be an operative in the shadows somewhere to put this dog out of its misery.
08:28 April 15, 2009 by senlac
..that may account for the violent reaction. The man must be forever looking over his shoulder - and one day there will be someone there.
09:05 April 15, 2009 by Mzungu
Readers of this forum know very well my feeling toward 'Bob' and his henchmen,they have been recorded many a time.

It's R.soles like him who should receive identical treatment meted out to pirates in the the news of late. Africa would certainly be a better place rid of such murdering psychopaths.

*have to have another word with Koos and Danie*
10:36 April 15, 2009 by nic_tester
Well, the sooner mad bob is gone the better.

That said, I cant really say this story upsets me. Taking a picture of some1 without asking first is just plain rude, he got what he deserved imho.
11:41 April 15, 2009 by VikingHumpingWitch
Why is this murdering barsteward welcome in Sweden anyway?
13:16 April 15, 2009 by Mzungu

Was 'Bob' in Sweden? I don't believe so.

*could have made my day if so*
13:23 April 15, 2009 by VikingHumpingWitch
Ah yes, Singapore not in Sweden. Must stop masturbating so furiously.
10:42 April 16, 2009 by thelionking
There is no stopping the thuggery of this senile deluded fool.What is going to take??

His Mrs; does her own assaulting of press with impunity whilst the world shrugs its shoulders.

Prayers go the Zimbabwean people suffering under this seemingly immovable obstacle to good governance.
13:35 April 16, 2009 by Dazzler
Im sure the UN will save the day!
17:28 April 16, 2009 by Snoopy!
Could we all start a petition to have Bob knocked off !? I´ll do it for a fair sum,....oh & just to clarify which Bob?

That´s not Editor Bob ..but Dictator Thuggery Bob
18:29 April 16, 2009 by Shark99 - The Great Catsby
That Mugabe is quite a character.
19:09 April 16, 2009 by Muttlestar Galactica
He's a very naughty boy, who I'd send to bed without dinner or oxygen.
20:23 April 16, 2009 by Mzungu
Follows in the footsteps of several dictatorial African despots of the past 4 decades..

*remember Idi and Bokassa?*
10:28 April 17, 2009 by thelionking
What an R shole. Runs a country to ruin then will retire soon to his luxury villa in Singapore/Malaysia or HongKong...job done.

One word though....Karma
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