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Britain strips Mugabe of his knighthood

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First published: June 26, 2008, 12:37 AM IST | Updated: June 26, 2008
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Britain strips Mugabe of his knighthood
The action was taken as a "mark of revulsion" against Mugabe's regime.

London: Britain has stripped Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe of a knighthood awarded by Queen Elizabeth II in 1994, the Foreign Office said on Wednesday.

A spokesman said the action was taken as a "mark of revulsion" against the "abuse of human rights and abject disregard for democracy" in Zimbabwe under Mugabe's regime.

The withdrawal of the knighthood, a rare event, was recommended by Foreign Secretary David Miliband and approved by the queen.

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