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US Court shock for Mugabe

Staff Reporter
NEW YORK 3 July 2002

A US Court has ruled that Zimbabwe’s ruling party owes millions to political opponents.

NEW YORK: A US magistrate has recommended Zimbabwe's ruling party pay at least US$73 million to compensate victims of political violence in that country.

Magistrate Judge James Francis said the ruling ZANU-PF party of President Robert Mugabe should pay damages for violence against political opponents in the run-up to the country's June 2000 parliamentary elections.

The plaintiffs, all citizens of Zimbabwe, filed suit in a federal court in New York City. They sought compensation under a US federal law allowing foreign nationals to sue in US courts for injuries that violate international law.

The victims charged Zimbabwe's ruling party of organising a campaign of terror designed to intimidate the political opposition. They said some of the tactics used against them included harassment, vandalism, and murder.

Under US law, a federal judge must now approve the ruling. However, if it is approved, it is unclear whether the ruling can be enforced.

No Zimbabwe government official contested the suit.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

(Voice of America News)

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