Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Zim scoffs at the threat to indict Mugabe


....Mr. Charamba was reacting to the call by Mark Ellis, the executive director of the London-based International Bar Association, in an article for The International Herald Tribune newspaper. In his article, Mr. Ellis said the U.N. Security Council should exercise, what he called, its wide discretionary powers to brand Mr. Mugabe an ongoing threat to the peace and security of the region and authorize the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate the president and his regime.

The International Criminal Court was created by the United Nations to promote the rule of law around the world....

But Mr. Charamba said Zimbabwe is not a signatory to the statute that created the ICC and is therefore not legally bound by its dictates.

Mr. Charamba described the International Bar Association as part of a raft of bodies that are trying to place pressure on the Zimbabwe government in the hope that the opposition Movement for Democratic Change will soon witness a revival in the southern Africa country.

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