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Jun 26, 2008 at 12:37am IST

Britain strips Mugabe of his knighthood

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.

KNIGHT OUT: The withdrawal of knighthood was recommended by Foreign Secretary David Miliband and approved by the queen.

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

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