The British government has failed to present submissions to the European Union General Court to support an extension of EU sanctions on Zimbabwe, setting the stage for historic victory by the southern Africa in its decade-long fight with its colinial master.On June 10, the Luxembourg-based court opened to receive oral submissions in the case in which Zimbabwe is challenging the legality of sanctions imposed on 112 Zimbabweans and 11 local companies.
The hearing remained open for two weeks to allow all parties —including the EU Commission and Council as the respondents — to make submissions.
Quoting Prosecutor-General Johannes Tomana, the state-run Sunday Mail said the Zimbabwean government had submitted additional material to satisfy the court that the 112 individuals on the sanctions list, some of whom have since died, were against the embargo.
It said the British government had not presented any oral or documentary arguments by close of the window, meaning that the court “will deliver a ruling by October without input from Zimbabwe’s former colonial power, which got involved in the case after begging to be an intervener with personal interests.”
Zimbabwe is challenging the imposition of EU sanctions on the country since 2002, with lawyers for southern African country arguing that it was not an EU member and can therefore not be subjected to the “illegal” sanctions by Britain and her EU allies.
Zimbabwe first initiated the case in September 2011 through a letter of demand to the EU after which the EU Council and Commission gave a contemptuous response, leading to the filling of the case in April 2012.
Courtesy AGENCIES ………. Source ………. NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS