Officials in Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF have dismissed a South African court ruling ordering authorities in the neighbouring country to investigate them for rights abuses as irrelevant.
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South African High Court Judge Hans Fabricius on Tuesday ruled that police and prosecutors had acted "unconstitutionally and unlawfully" by refusing to investigate the Zimbabwean officials.
"I hereby hand down a mandatory order, with costs, which obliges the respondents (National Directorate of Public Prosecutions and South Africa Police Service) to investigate the docket before them," Fabricius ruled.
He said there was reasonable suspicion that the rule of law did not exist in Zimbabwe and that state agents were perpetrators of human rights violations. "There was reasonable suspicion that crimes were committed," he ruled.