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Ruling on Zim prosecutions expected

2012-05-08 09:04

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.

Comments
  • Kato - 2012-05-08 09:35

    Where was the crime committed? was that in SA? Why spare the bastards then?

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-08 09:39

    Another waste of taxpayer money, bottom line if you prosecute them and win.......then what? you cannot go across the border to pick them up, the judgement doesn't hold water outside our borders, and biggest of all our own prisons have been declared as places of torture and gross human rights violations by the UN...........maybe removing the tree from our own governments eye would be a better and more fruitful idea??

  • Zing - 2012-05-08 11:21

    Ugh . . what a waste of time. We should borrow a drone from the US and send a rocket up their @ss. It seems that's how things are done nowadays.

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