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Mugabe may face torture charge at Paris summit

The human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will file a complaint this morning with the general prosecutor of Paris requesting that Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean President, be arrested on torture charges when he arrives for a two-day summit of African leaders. The legal action, using the UN Convention Against Torture, which France has signed, is likely to be symbolic because there is no precedent of a foreign leader being prosecuted in France while in office. The move is almost certain to ensure Zimbabwe dominates the news during the Franco-African summit, which begins today. Mr Tatchell said: “The fact that the French government is prepared to wine and dine Mugabe despite European sanctions against him flies in the face of noble French ideals of justice and liberty. If Slobodan Milosevic can be put on trial for human rights abuses, why can’t Robert Mugabe?” Full Story

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