A Collaboration with University of Pittsburgh   

Australia pressing UN to put Mugabe on trial

[JURIST] Australia is urging the UN Security Council to put Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe [official website] on trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] for crimes against his own people. Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer [official website] says that Mugabe has ruined Zimbabwe's economy and is a "terrible threat" to its citizens. As Zimbabwe is not a party to the ICC statute, it could only initiate legal process against him through a Security Council resolution. The New Zealand government has already called for Mugabe to be put on trial [JURIST report] in front of the ICC and for Zimbabwe to be expelled from the International Monetary Fund [official website] for failing to repay its debts. The victory of Mugabe's party during March parliamentary elections has, however, guaranteed Mugabe's power and home and given him the two-thirds legislative majority needed to make constitutional changes. Mugabe has vowed to stay in office until his "revolution" is complete and is planning on serving another six-year term, which will leave him in office until the age of 84. BBC News has more.

Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.