Zimbabwe

Ruling on Zim prosecutions expected

2012-05-08 09:04

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Zimbabwe police holding cells filthy
Zimbabwe police holding cells filthy

Zimbabwean lawyers have decried reported assaults and the death of suspects in police custody, as well as conditions in holding cells they called unfit for human habitation.

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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