Let Robert Mugabe go quietly – punishing him will not help Zimbabwe | Jonathan Freedland

The idea of cushy exile may appal. But history shows that societies in transition may be wise to sacrifice the urge to see their former dictators brought to justice

Of all the questions hanging over the dramatic, uncertain events in Zimbabwe there is one that looms especially large. It is the same question that arises every time, and in every place, a long-established dictatorship is toppled. What to do with the once supreme leader himself?

Whenever a longstanding dictatorship is toppled, the question arises: what to do with the once supreme leader himself?

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