Zimbabwe

Torture claims: Zim dismisses SA court ruling

2012-05-09 12:04

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Cape Town - Zimbabwe has castigated the decision by a South African high court to investigate and prosecute Zanu-PF loyalists and military generals suspected of having committed crimes against humanity, reports said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the North Gauteng High Court ruled that South Africa was obliged under international law to probe alleged atrocities by officials in Zimbabwe.

Judge Hans Fabricius ordered the National Prosecuting Authority to prosecute Zimbabweans concerned if they ever set foot in South Africa.

The officials are accused of masterminding "crimes against humanity" by instituting a state-sanctioned reign of terror in their country.

But, according to state owned Herald online, President Robert Mugabe's minister of Justice and legal affairs, Patrick Chinamasa described the ruling as irrelevant, saying it was a general judgement without specifics.

“The ruling brings the South African justice system into disrepute,” he said.

“No specifics have been identified because they should have laid a blow to blow account of what crime has been committed.

“That the court made a ruling based on a generalised opinion is a sad moment for the justice system in South Africa.”

Chinamasa said the ruling was a generalised order as it did not identify the people to be arrested and prosecuted for the alleged crimes.

He also said the International Criminal Court (ICC) had no jurisdiction over Zimbabwe as the country was not a State party to the Rome Statute that constituted it.

Read more on:    international criminal court  |  zanu-pf  |  robert mugabe  |  patrick chinamasa  |  zimbabwe  |  sa  |  southern africa
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