The Zimbabwe Republic Police has confirmed that MDC Alliance principal Tendai Biti is now in its custody after the Zambian government handed him over despite a high court order to the contrary. The police also said that he is facing charges of public violence and Unofficial or false declaration of results. In a statement, the police said,
The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm that, Tendai Biti is now in police custody. He is being charged for contravening Section 36 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act (Chapter 9:23), “Public Violence” and also contravening Section 66 (A)(1) of the Electoral Act (Chapter 2:13), “Unofficial or false declaration of results”. We want to assure the nation that he is very safe and like any other person facing criminal charges. The police are conducting the necessary legal procedures so that Biti appears in court. He had skipped the country knowing very well that he was wanted by the police, although he was misleading members of the public through the media.