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Zimbabwe sues EU over 'sanctions losses'

24 October 2013, 19:58

Cape Town – Zimbabwe is suing the European Union for losses to its economy as a result of sanctions against President Robert Mugabe, 89, and his cronies, a report says.

According to a Zimbabwe Mail report the lawsuit was already before the General Court of the European Court of Justice in Brussels.

Attorney-general Johannes Tomana, who is spearheading the legal challenge said the case would roll in motion soon after the announcement of a date by the European court.

The United States and the European Union imposed sanctions on Zimbabwean state firms and travel restrictions on Mugabe and dozens of his associates after a violent 2000 election.

Prior to the July elections, the West made promises that the sanctions would be removed on condition the polls were held under a free and fair environment.

The West, however, chose to back opposition claims that the election was not credible. This was despite the fact that observers from the African Union and SADC endorsed the vote.

- News24


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