Zimbabwe to sue EU over travel ban

2011-10-28 15:41

Harare - Zimbabwe's attorney general plans to file a lawsuit against the European Union over sanctions imposed on President Robert Mugabe and his top associates, state media reported on Friday.

"What I can tell you is that we are done with the paper work and what is left is to get the necessary travel documents to enable us to travel to Europe," Johannes Tomana told The Herald newspaper.

"We do not know how long this will take, but within a week we expect to have received our invitations and visas to enable us to travel to Europe."

"After arriving in Europe, we will brief the EU Council after which we will file our court papers," he said.

Tomana would not give the exact details contained in the lawsuit, saying that it is not yet a public document, The Herald said.

Mugabe and his close associates were slapped with travel bans to European Union member countries after 2002 disputed presidential poll, which western observers said were rigged to hand Mugabe victory.

Last week Switzerland denied Mugabe's wife, Grace and five government officials visas to travel with the veteran leader to the European country to attend a United Nations telecommunications conference.

Five other top Zimbabwe officials who were denied visas include the foreign minister, the communications minister, the director general in the presidency, Mugabe's personal bodyguard, and Mugabe's spokesperson.

Although Switzerland is not an EU member, it recognises the ban. Normally the ban is waived for UN events.

State media reported that government has lodged a complaint with the United Nations and Swiss authorities over the issue.

The Swiss embassy in Harare refused to comment on the matter.

  • Hedda-Louise - 2011-10-28 15:54

    Bravo Switzerland.Stick to the ban for these morones.They think the world owe them something.Mugabe should get a wake-up call and see that his time is over

      Dave - 2011-10-28 16:18

      His time is over but his supporters in the AU won't let him leave he makes them look good as nobody cab worse than mad Bob.How many of his own people would like to see him end up like Gaddaffi. The AU seem to think that they can keep quite about his human rights abuses and the rest of the world will not notice, the rest of the world does not want " Mad Bob Disease".

      Delusion - 2011-10-28 17:40

      Prosecutor Tomana, Yes, there is indeed a need for a lawsuit: There is a certain Zim citizen, a free man, who is a mass murderer (some 13 000 on his proud record), a champion human rights abuser (of which the vast majority of victims are black), election thief and a billionaire with looted money. Juju's idea of a true African hero though... If this is his idea of an African hero, then f@ck all african heros! I prefer the Mandela type.

      Helen - 2011-10-29 10:22

      Three cheers to Switzerland,why should anyone care that this savage is frail,he thought nothing of torturing frail & old sick etc,the boot polish has lost it's shine a very very long time ago,let him go to any hospital in Africa(except) South Africa and let him experience what misery his own people suffer daily due to his pathetic attempt to hold on to power,let Grace experiance some of the hardships of those she has cheated, she does not need anymore shoes,watches,clothes it,s time she returned to her roots,animal skins & dusty feet,she should feel right at home,as for MAD BOB I hope he realises he has now lost the war.

  • Loodpil - 2011-10-28 16:05

    Remember to sue God because he gave ol' Robert dementia.

      Wittes - 2011-10-28 18:02

      He didn't give ol' robert dementia. Zanu-pf stole it from heaven.

  • Polotic - 2011-10-28 16:14

    They can't be serious!!

      Francois - 2011-10-28 16:25

      How are they going to travel to Europe if they are banned from travelling there or are they going to send a tape recording?

  • colin.dovey - 2011-10-28 16:50

    The last kick of a dying horse......

      Johnny - 2011-10-28 17:05

      Not horse, donkey rather.

      gerald.vanstaden - 2011-10-28 17:06

      Don't you mean pig...?

      Francois - 2011-10-28 19:49

      No he means "ass"?

  • antoniopedromateus - 2011-10-28 16:57

    Zimbabwe's attorney general is living in another Planet ! What about the "santions" Mugabe imposed on foreign media, when his regime did not grant them entry visas during the last so called elections? Wake up!

  • Frikkie - 2011-10-28 16:57

    En nog n klomp bobbejane wat nie die einde van hulle onnoselheid ken nie, eish!

      wdvilliers - 2011-10-28 17:26

      Ja boet, Bob en sy Janne...

  • Billy - 2011-10-28 17:04

    Errr....I see a logical problem here, Bob! You are going to TRAVEL to the EU to file court papers for them not letting you TRAVEL to the EU?? How do you propose to get IN to the EU to file the papers?

  • Wittes - 2011-10-28 17:59

    Ja, right. Tomana the tomato. The same guy who used a trench digger to say he was an IT tech engineer in Roy Bennet's court case. If there is one good thing about zanu-pf, they are good for a laugh.

  • LeeRoy - 2011-10-29 00:54

    this is why mugabe hate you white pple -you talk thrash -leave Zimbabwe for zimbabweans-go to Europe and live there-You are aganist true Africans, Julius, Zuma and Mugabe-this is not Europe please,get lost Mugabe will rule Zimbabwe kusvika paanoda

  • William - 2011-10-30 03:31

    This is Hilarious!!! They are awaiting invitation visas from the organization that they are going to sue!!! Wow, how moronic can you be!!!

  • Warwick - 2011-10-30 08:35

    Why would this senile old fool and his merry band of thieves want to travel to the evil west? What is there that he cannot get in "his" Zimbabwe.

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