Zimbabwe

Ruling on Zim prosecutions expected

2012-05-08 09:04

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Zimbabwe refugees jailed
Zimbabwe refugees jailed

A court in Zimbabwe has sentenced four villagers who were displaced by floods last year to five years in jail each for taking part in demonstrations that rocked the camp they and thousands of others were sheltering in.

Johannesburg - Judgment on whether South Africa is required to prosecute high-level Zimbabwean officials accused of crimes against humanity is expected in the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

High-ranking Zimbabwean officials reportedly raided the headquarters of the Movement for Democratic Change in South Africa in 2007 and allegedly tortured its officials.

The Southern African Litigation Centre and Zimbabwean Exiles Forum have asked the court to review and set aside the National Directorate of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) and SA Police Service's decision not to investigate the Zimbabwean officials linked to the alleged tortures.

They want an order compelling the NDPP to investigate and prosecute the Zimbabwean officials. NDPP crimes litigation unit head Anton Ackerman, who is a respondent in the case, previously said he had encouraged an investigation into the torture allegations.

He claimed he had disagreed with the police's reasons for not pursuing the case, and that he had been "manipulated and misled" by his colleagues in the NDPP.

- SAPA

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