EU dismisses Zimbabwe sanctions challenge

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Posted: Sep 13, 2011 11:45 AM
EU dismisses Zimbabwe sanctions challenge

The European Union says it imposed economic restrictions on Zimbabwe's president and his party leaders in agreement with member states based on European laws.

Nick Westcott, the EU's visiting chief delegate for Africa, told reporters Tuesday that Zimbabwe has the right to challenge the sanctions in the European courts. He said that the "legal process" would be allowed to run its course to challenge Europe's unanimity on the measures protesting years of violations of human and democratic rights in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe's chief law officer, Attorney General Johannes Tomana, has said he is asking the European Court of Justice to strike down the measures he says were imposed illegally in Europe.

Mugabe and some 200 loyalist individuals and businesses face travel and banking bans in Europe and the United States.