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Moves to remove Mugabe 'knighthood'

By Nick Paton Walsh

Updated on 02 June 2008

Channel 4 News understands that the foreign office is taking steps to remove Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe's honorary knighthood.

A dictator and a tyrant who is accused of murdering his own people, Mugabe was made an honorary knight by John Major's government in 1994 for "significant contributions" to relations with Britain.

Five years ago Tony Blair promised to look into withdrawing the knighthood, but nothing happened.

Since Zimabwe's disputed elections earlier this year, pressure has been mounting. And the foreign office has now begun the process of taking the knighthood away.

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