Zimbabwe: Swiss tourist fined for insulting Mugabe

September 13, 2012 - 6:34 AM

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean court officials say a Swiss tourist has been fined $200 for insulting President Robert Mugabe.

Thomas Fischer from Altnau, Switzerland was convicted by a court in northwestern Zimbabwe for criticizing Mugabe in an argument with border officials at the lake resort town of Kariba.

Prosecutors alleged that during a delay in border formalities, Fischer said Mugabe "knew how to screw people, especially foreigners."

Insulting Mugabe is an offence under sweeping security laws and prosecutions are common. Earlier this year, a Zimbabwean salesman spent two months in jail after being found with satirical cartoons depicting a naked, skeletal Mugabe on his mobile phone. A Zimbabwean carpenter was arrested in February after he questioned whether Mugabe still had the strength to blow up balloons at his 88th birthday.