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Zimbabwe Attorney General Refuses To Prosecute BBC Classical Music Presenter

The attorney general’s office has declined to prosecute a British Broadcasting Corporation radio presenter who was arrested on allegations of spying. He will be released Tuesday pending the finalization of police paper work.

Petroc Trelawney, a classic music presenter who was arrested in Bulawayo for allegedly working without a permit on Saturday, is under police guard in hospital after he accidentally dislocated his shoulder in police cells.

The decision not to prosecute was made by a makeshift court in his hospital ward late Monday.

A BBC spokesman earlier told a British newspaper, the Telegraph : "we are aware of the situation and hope it will be resolved soon.”

Trelawny was appearing at a festival run by the Bulawayo music academy when was acting as a compère when he was led offstage by immigration officials to police cells.

His lawyer, Munyaradzi Nzarayapenga told Studio 7 Trelawney was in the country not on BBC business but was just a tourist.

“There was no way that he could have been prosecuted because he came into the country as a tourist,” he said.