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Reporting for Holonet News on Coruscant – this just in:
Lan Zartrin, the senator representing Neimoidia in the Galactic Republic, and a crusader for equality in the galaxy, has been removed from office and arrested on charges of aiding and allowing slavery within the Republic.
Details are scarce, but reports are coming in that former-Senator Zartrin may have been involved with smugglers in the Coruscant Undercity, and that a search of his private residence in Galactic City has uncovered several personal slaves residing within. These reports are still being verified, but the swift and unanimous reaction from the Chancellor and Senate Leadership imply that evidence to these crimes does indeed exist.
Former-Senator Zartrin was a member of Equal-Republic : Equal-Galaxy (EREG), a coalition of Senators from systems where slavery and other rights-violations are commonplace. Senator Ardana Mashaelle of Ryloth, the head of EREG, was off-planet when the arrest occurred, and was not immediately available for comment. Since her return, Senator Mashaelle has issued the following statement:
“After meeting with the Chancellor, as well as the Senate Leadership Committee, it is clear to me that the charges brought against former-Senator Zartrin are indisputably valid. I am shocked and dismayed that someone so passionate about equal rights in the galaxy would not only allow such heinous crimes to be committed, but also benefit from them personally. While Lan Zartrin was a member of Equal-Republic : Equal Galaxy, I can assure everyone that our coalition is still strong, and that our important work will continue, even as we attempt to reconcile with those affected by this tragic incident.”
Holonet News will continue to update you on this scandal in the Senate as it develops.
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