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Zimbabwe Judge Dismisses Charge Against Ex-Illinois U.S. Rep.

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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean magistrate dismissed pornography charges against former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds.

The Chicago Democrat appeared in court today. He was also ordered to pay a fine or face jail time after pleading guilty to f violating the country’s immigration laws.

Authorities claimed Reynolds had images of naked men and women on his iPhone. But the court dismissed the charge, saying an order required by the country’s prosecutor-general wasn’t properly obtained.

Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe says Reynolds will have to pay $100 or spend five days in prison for failing to renew his visa after it expired in December.  Then he’ll be deported.

His lawyer says he didn’t renew the document because he had a mild stroke in early January and “wasn’t in the best of health.”

The 62-year-old lost his congressional seat in 1995 after being convicted of statutory rape. He was arrested in the Zimbabwean capital on Monday.

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