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Former congressman Mel Reynolds arrested in Zimbabwe (possession of pornography)
Yahoo! News ^ | 2/18/14 | Reuters

Posted on 02/18/2014 8:48:27 AM PST by NormsRevenge

HARARE (Reuters) - Former congressman Mel Reynolds has been arrested in Zimbabwe, an immigration official said on Tuesday, after state media reported the convicted sex offender had been found with pornography at a local hotel.

Police and immigration officials were investigating Reynolds for living in the southern African country without a valid visa, Francis Mabika, an assistant regional immigration officer, told Reuters.

Mabika said Reynolds has been in Zimbabwe since November, but declined to give further details.

Reuters was unable to reach Reynolds for comment. A spokeswoman for the U.S. embassy in Harare declined to comment.

The state-owned Herald newspaper said the former Illinois congressman had been arrested at a hotel in the capital Harare on Monday, where he had been found in possession of pornographic videos and pictures.

Possession of pornography is a crime in Zimbabwe.

He had also run up $24,500 in unpaid hotel bills, the newspaper said.

"I have been in this country 17 times where I have done a lot of work for the people including the fight against

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 3rdpost; arrested; democrat; melreynolds; pornography; zimbabwe
uhhh.. developing ?

I can see a Bill Richardson Bill Clinton rescue mission on the horizon..

1 posted on 02/18/2014 8:48:27 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

We’ll find out how expendable Mel really is.


2 posted on 02/18/2014 8:49:25 AM PST by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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a former Rhodes.. uhh rodent scholar.


3 posted on 02/18/2014 8:50:03 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

” $24,500 in unpaid hotel bills”

how do you do that in Zimbabwe?


4 posted on 02/18/2014 8:52:29 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I wonder if turn out be child porno he got busted over

Just a theory I have


5 posted on 02/18/2014 8:52:55 AM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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earlier thread

Former Democratic congressman arrested in Zimbabwe after making porno films
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3124338/posts


6 posted on 02/18/2014 8:53:41 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge
No mention of his political affiliation. If he were a republican it would be listed in the headline.
7 posted on 02/18/2014 8:55:32 AM PST by oldbrowser (Obamacare is Obama's Great Leap Forward)
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To: NormsRevenge
It doesn't surprise me that Mel "Child Rapist" Reynolds has buddied up with Mugabbe! Not one bit!

I am surprised that Mugabbe didn't swoop in to protect him. Maybe he did something that pissed the dictator off.

Mark

8 posted on 02/18/2014 8:55:52 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: SevenofNine

hmmm.. Reuters makes no mention of making videos, only possession,, Daily Mail titled thread uses the word ‘making’.. hmmmm

Oh man, if kids are involved, he deserves a wildebeast send-off in a river full of hungry gators.


9 posted on 02/18/2014 8:56:06 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

They should just keep him, and I know a few more they can have as a bonus.


10 posted on 02/18/2014 8:56:29 AM PST by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Had to Google him since teh article unexpectedly forgot to mention party affiliation

Melvin "Mel" Reynolds (born January 8, 1952) is a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Illinois. He resigned from Congress after a conviction for statutory rape.


11 posted on 02/18/2014 8:56:33 AM PST by NY.SS-Bar9 (Those that vote for a living outnumber those that work for one.)
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To: driftdiver

The only 5 star hotel in that city listed on Expedia goes for $175 a night.

I’m guessing he contracted for a bunch of ‘actors’ through the hotel.


12 posted on 02/18/2014 8:56:45 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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He had also run up $24,500 in unpaid hotel bills, the newspaper said.

US dollars, or Zimbabwe dollars? If in Zimbabwe dollars, that could be paid off with one shiny US dime, and expect change back!

Mark

13 posted on 02/18/2014 8:57:33 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Wow, you have to read almost the whole thing before you get his party affiliation.


14 posted on 02/18/2014 8:59:05 AM PST by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: NormsRevenge

I know making video on UK Daily mail something very fishy LOL!


15 posted on 02/18/2014 8:59:29 AM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: NormsRevenge

Guess he’ll be back in a few years to run for office again, now that he’s got the proper democrat party credentials.


16 posted on 02/18/2014 9:00:12 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: driftdiver

Since he was working to stop sanctions, can we assume he felt the government should be paying him for his efforts.


17 posted on 02/18/2014 9:00:20 AM PST by edcoil ( "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." - Blaise Pascal)
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To: NormsRevenge

“In January 2001, Reynolds was hired by Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/Push Coalition to decrease the number of young blacks going to prison.” Wikipedia

Wonder how that worked out?


18 posted on 02/18/2014 9:00:39 AM PST by BilLies (330,000 WHITE Union military went to their deaths to free the slaves .... REALLY???!!!)
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To: MarkL
I am surprised that Mugabbe didn't swoop in to protect him. Maybe he did something that pissed the dictator off.

Maybe helping Mugabe is not the primary reason for being there. Perhaps the former congressman is a sex tourist.
19 posted on 02/18/2014 9:01:21 AM PST by Chad_the_Impaler
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To: NormsRevenge

Racism!


20 posted on 02/18/2014 9:02:51 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Funny the story doesn’t say whether he is a democrat or Republican. My guess is democrat.


21 posted on 02/18/2014 9:07:34 AM PST by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: NormsRevenge
More than Possession:

Former Illinois Democratic Rep. Mel Reynolds was arrested Monday in Zimbabwe after police learned that he was making pornographic films in hotels where he had accumulated $24,500 in unpaid bills, and that he had overstayed his visa by two months.

22 posted on 02/18/2014 9:12:21 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: NormsRevenge

Well.... Reynolds is really screwed. He can’t possibly claim RACISM in Zimbabwe can he?


23 posted on 02/18/2014 9:13:39 AM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Reminds me of the time was as sitting in customs in an airport in Singapore.

A young kid had returned from who knows where and his personal items were being searched. The customs officials found lots of porn mags and a necklace that was made from a riffle casing, I think even a large large knife. Pretty benign by US standards but probably not a good day for the kid.


24 posted on 02/18/2014 9:14:33 AM PST by dhs12345
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To: NormsRevenge

Where are the claims of “racism”?....ohhhh ummmmmmm....


25 posted on 02/18/2014 9:15:41 AM PST by yoe
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To: NormsRevenge
"Da Biatch Set Me Up!"

'They denied me my passport so that I can contact the United States Embassy which is a violation of international laws,' he said.

'It's the way it is,' Reynolds added, defending himself and suggesting that he was the victim of a scheme to embarrass him.

Former Democratic congressman arrested in Zimbabwe after making porno films, skipping on his hotel bills, and overstaying his visa

...more details from the UK, naturally.

26 posted on 02/18/2014 9:17:56 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: NormsRevenge
I thought Mel Reynolds was in Obama's admin....Housing maybe??

ALso, I believe he got into trouble as a Congressman for having sex with UNDERAGE GIRLS!!

$24,500 in UNPAID HOTEL BILLS?? OMG!!

27 posted on 02/18/2014 9:20:39 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: MarkL
Maybe he did something that pissed the dictator off.

Not enough payola?

28 posted on 02/18/2014 9:21:28 AM PST by wbill
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To: b4its2late
Had to wait until the next to last paragraph:

Reynolds, a former Rhodes scholar, was a fast-rising star in the U.S. Democratic party when he was forced to resign in 1995 after being convicted of sexual assault, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography.

Another interesting tidbit that would have been in the first paragraph had he been Republican.

29 posted on 02/18/2014 9:22:17 AM PST by NonLinear (Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.)
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To: oldbrowser

Par for the msm unfortunately.


30 posted on 02/18/2014 9:23:52 AM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: NonLinear
tidbit that would have been in the first paragraph had he been Republican.

Disagree. Would have been in the headline

As in: "Conservative Republican Senator, who is also an avowed Tea Partier, dragged in chains to jail for performing acts so depraved and unspeakable that decorum prevents them from being mentioned in this newspaper."

31 posted on 02/18/2014 9:27:29 AM PST by wbill
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To: NormsRevenge

Paraphrasing Marion Barry:

“The witchdoctor set me up!”


32 posted on 02/18/2014 9:30:49 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: NormsRevenge
Except for Victoria Falls and,perhaps,seeing a game park or two (if there are any animals left) I can't think of a single reason to set foot in Zimbabwe for a millisecond.But I guess those who are into kiddie porn will travel anywhere for a thrill.
33 posted on 02/18/2014 9:54:41 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama: "I can do whatever I want")
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To: NormsRevenge

Reynolds, a former Rhodes scholar, was a fast-rising star in the U.S. Democratic party when he was forced to resign in 1995 after being convicted of sexual assault, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography.


This should be top news that a pedophile was a congressman.

But our media won’t report anything negative about a black democrat.


34 posted on 02/18/2014 9:59:46 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: NormsRevenge

Well, his ass is grass and they will take all his money before letting him escape to Switzerland


35 posted on 02/18/2014 10:01:53 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Gay State Conservative; NormsRevenge
Lessee, I want to do some sex tourism, where should I go? Thailand? Dominican? Colombia? Nah, I think I'll go to one of the most repressive dictatorships in the world and then stiff the hotel that is probably owned by one of the dictator's cronies. Yeah, that's the ticket.

I guess it's no surprise one of this guy's fellow caucusers thought Guam could "tip over" if it had too many people on it.

36 posted on 02/18/2014 10:02:13 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: NonLinear

Correct.


37 posted on 02/18/2014 10:11:38 AM PST by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: NormsRevenge

What jumped out at me was his declaration that he’d done so much good for the country that he should be allowed to break the law...

typical elitist liberal or what?


38 posted on 02/18/2014 10:12:52 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: driftdiver
...how do you do that in Zimbabwe?

In Zimbabwe currency that's about seven cents.

39 posted on 02/18/2014 10:25:32 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: colorado tanker
Yeah, that's the ticket.

You forgot two things...1) he blends in better in Zimbabwe (I'm serious,that's not meant as a flip remark)..and 2) he could very well have struck up a friendship with some government thug there.

Just thinkin' out loud....

40 posted on 02/18/2014 10:40:57 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama: "I can do whatever I want")
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To: NormsRevenge

41 posted on 02/18/2014 11:01:56 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: NormsRevenge
"Police and immigration officials were investigating Reynolds for living in the southern African country without a valid visa, Francis Mabika, an assistant regional immigration officer, told Reuters.:

Even in the African kleptocracy of "Zimbabwe" immigration laws are enforced. But not here in USA. What the hell is wrong with the US Government? Must be Democrats and their GOPe enablers. Yeah, I think so.

42 posted on 02/18/2014 11:08:14 AM PST by StormEye
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To: Chad_the_Impaler
Maybe helping Mugabe is not the primary reason for being there. Perhaps the former congressman is a sex tourist.

Another thread reports that the scumbag wasn't "in possession" of porn, but FILMING it! My guess, filming kiddie porn in the afore-mentioned hotel!

Mark

43 posted on 02/18/2014 11:13:10 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: NormsRevenge

I guess Zimbabwe didn’t get the memo that diversity is stregth.


44 posted on 02/18/2014 11:21:28 AM PST by Organic Panic
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To: MarkL

And according to Mel Reynolds himself, he has been to Zimbabwe a total of *17* times now.


45 posted on 02/18/2014 11:29:34 AM PST by Chad_the_Impaler
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To: NormsRevenge

That Illinois Congressional seat is so dirty that they should leave it empty —


46 posted on 02/18/2014 12:30:01 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip
That Illinois Congressional seat is so dirty that they should leave it empty —

Just imagine the morals and character of the people who vote to fill it! They should put a 12 foot high barbed wire wall around the entire District and sow the perimeter with land mines.

47 posted on 02/18/2014 1:05:53 PM PST by Gritty (Inside every liberal is a totalitarian screaming to get out! - David Horowitz)
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To: NormsRevenge
feh... typical RAT POS
48 posted on 02/18/2014 3:25:02 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Yaelle
Reynolds was a Rhodes scholar.

Clinton was a Rhodes scholar.

I think R Maddow was a Rhodes scholar.

Anyone else think that the Rhodes scholar selection committee might be a bit loopy?

49 posted on 02/18/2014 6:40:01 PM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: driftdiver
” $24,500 in unpaid hotel bills”

how do you do that in Zimbabwe?

Now that I think of it, I recall reading somewhere that nobody uses Zimbabwe currency anymore, and the government doesn't object to the use of US dollars and EUs (as opposed to some countries where accepting foreign currency is frowned upon, or even illegal.)

Mark

50 posted on 02/19/2014 7:09:37 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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