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Cablegate: Media Report -- Dr. Michael Swango Case

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TAGS: PREL PHUM ZI
SUBJECT: MEDIA REPORT -- DR. MICHAEL SWANGO CASE

1. THE GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED DAILY 'THE CHRONICLE'
DEDICATED ITS AUGUST 15 EDITORIAL TO A CALL FOR THE
EXTRADITION OF AMCIT DR. MICHAEL SWANGO, NOW SERVING LIFE
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SENTENCE IN COLORADO FOR KILLING PATIENTS IN THE UNITED
STATES. SWANGO IS WANTED ON SIMILAR CHARGES IN ZIMBABWE.
UNDER HEADLINE "SWANGO SHOULD FACE MUSIC IN ZIMBABWE," THE
PAPER COMMENTS:

2. "THE MBERENGWA COMMUNITY DESERVES RESPECT,
ENCOURAGEMENT AND SUPPORT FOR THE VALIANT EFFORT IT IS
MAKING IN TRYING TO PICK UP THE PIECES AND COME TO
TERMS WITH THE UNSPEAKABLE HORRORS PERPETRATED BY
AMERICAN SERIAL KILLER, DR. MICHAEL SWANGO, DURING A
THREE-MONTH SOJOURN. THE FULL EXTENT OF THE PERVERSE
ACTIVITIES OF DR. SWANGO, WHO LEFT A TRAIL OF DEATHS AT
MNENE HOSPITAL, UNITED BULAWAYO HOSPITALS AND MPILO
HOSPITAL, MAY NOT BE KNOWN FULLY. HOWEVER, MBERENGWA,
WHERE THE DOCTOR WAS BASED FOR MORE THAN THREE YEARS,
BORE THE BRUNT OF HIS CALLOUS DISREGARD FOR THE
SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE. THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN WHO
HAVE BECOME ORPHANS AFTER LOSING PARENTS AT THE HANDS
OF THE CRUEL DOCTOR COULD PROVE TO BE THE MOST ACCURATE
BAROMETER OF THE MAGNITUDE OF THE DESTRUCTION AND
ANGUISH HE CAUSED. . .WHAT THE BEREAVED FAMILIES, THE
COMMUNITY AND THE NATION NEEDS, TO BRING CLOSURE TO
THIS SHOCKING AND TRAUMATIC EPISODE IS TO HAVE DR.
SWANGO FACE THE FULL WRATH OF THE LAW ON ZIMBABWE SOIL.
. .THE U. S. ITSELF HAS MADE A POINT OF ENSURING THAT
SUSPECTS ACCUSED OF COMMITTING CRIMES AFFECTING ITS
CITIZENS OR ASSETS ARE TRIED ON AMERICAN SOIL. THE
TRIAL OF THOSE ACCUSED OF BOMBING THE U. S. EMBASSIES
IN KENYA AND TANZANIA IS A CASE IN POINT. WE THEREFORE
CALL ON THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES NOT TO ABANDON
ATTEMPTS TO BRING THE SERIAL KILLER BACK TO FACE
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ZIMBABWEAN JUSTICE BUT TO INCREASE PRESSURE ON THE U.
S. TO HAND HIM OVER."

ROTH

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