December 14, 2007

Regional tribunal rules against farm seizure

A southern African regional court has ordered Zimbabwe not to proceed with the seizure of a white farmer's land, in a move that has dealt a blow to Robert Mugabe. The Namibia-based Southern African Development Community (SADC) tribunal ruled in favour of Mike Campbell, who argued that the seizure was racist. The ruling should allow Campbell to remain on his farm until the tribunal hears a group challenge. Analysts say the ruling will be a vital test of Mugabe's respect for SADC statutes. It will also highlight the importance of the regional grouping which is trying to mediate an end to the political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe. (SW Radio Africa, London)

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