|EU in bid to delay Zim sanctions case|
|Saturday, 16 June 2012 22:46|
Sunday Mail Reporter
Mr Coulon has reportedly asked the applicants to furnish him with further particulars on their identity and current status.
As a result, the applicants, led by Mr Tomana, have declined to provide further personal particulars but instead provided supporting affidavits from the Registrar of Companies showing that the companies that were placed under sanctions were indeed registered and operational.
While in Zimbabwe lawyers are responsible for filing court applications, at the EU it is the registrar who carries such duties.
The international lawyers representing Zimbabwe include David Vaughan (Queen’s Counsel), who is leading the team, working with Maya Lester and Robin Loof (barristers) and Michael O’Kane (solicitor.)
The team is being assisted by Zimbabwean lawyers Mr Farai Mutamangira and Mr Gerald Mlotshwa, all instructed by Mr Tomana.
“Date the application was lodged: 25/04/2012; Registration number: 523957 and Case number T-190/12.
He went on to give a list of the companies on the applicants’ list that needed to provide more information about their existence and even included some individuals that he said should provide their particulars. Some of the companies that were supposed to prove their existence included Comoil (Private) Limited, Divine Homes (Private) Limited, Famba Safaris (Private) Limited, Jongwe Printing and Publishing Company (Private) Limited, M & S Syndicate (Private) Limited, Osleg (Private) Limited, Swift Investments (Private) Limited, Zidco Holdings (Private) Limited and Zimbabwe Defence Industries (Private) Limited.
On the same day that the registrar wrote the letter, the solicitors represented by Ms Jessica Moore wrote to Mr Mutamangira asking for documents to regularise the case.
On May 28, 2012, Mutamangira and Associates wrote to the AG giving assurance that the matter was been attended to. The team managed to meet the registrar’s deadline of June 11, 2012.
It is understood that the registrar played these delaying tactics to enable the EU to take a decision on either the suspension or the lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe in July when the regional bloc will be reviewing the embargo. This move is meant to pre-empt this historic litigation by rendering it academic. Recently, the EU tried to pre-empt the Senator Guy Georgias case by removing him from the sanctions list and pre-empted the case by six local journalists when it removed them from the list after they had filed papers to fight their case in Zimbabwean courts.