Zimbabwe: Government delays landmark farm case in Namibia, again

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tererai Karimakwenda
May 29, 2008

The landmark application brought before the SADC Tribunal in Windhoek by Zimbabwean commercial farmers was due to be heard at the Supreme Court in Windhoek, Namibia, on Wednesday. But, once again, the government of Zimbabwe delayed the hearing by asking for more time to prepare their documents. Advocate Adrian De Bourbon, who is representing a group of 77 white farmers challenging eviction laws in Zimbabwe, said the Zimbabwe authorities promised not to evict the farmers or prosecute them at home until the next hearing, now set for July 16.

De-Bourbon said he believed the Zimbabwe government had been given ample time to prepare. The other legal counsel on the case, Jeremy Gauntlett, reportedly told the Tribunal this was a “delaying tactic and the oldest forensic trick in the book”. Asked if he suspected any outside interference, De-Bourbon said he had no suspicion of political pressure on the Tribunal.

The original case was brought by Chegutu farmer Michael Campbell, on behalf of himself, his farm workers and their families who live and [continue reading]

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