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18 AFRICA Tuesday, April 24 2018 | NEW ERA Zimbabwe parliament summons Mugabe on May 9 A Zimbabwe parliament committee has summoned former president Robert Mugabe to give evidence on May 9 over diamond corruption costing billions of dollars, underlining his fall from power after 37 years of autocratic rule. Mugabe, now 94, ruled Zimbabwe from 1980 until he was ousted last year after the military took over party turned against him. “We have set May 9 as the date on which he will give evidence,” Temba Mliswa, the chairman of the mines and energy parliament com- Herald newspaper. “We met today (Thursday) as a committee and resolved that we invite the former president Mr Mugabe to our committee to explain the disappearance of billion worth of diamonds,” said Mliswa, The lawmakers plan to question Mugabe over his 2016 claim that the country had lost billion due to corruption and foreign exploitation in the diamond sector. It was unclear whether Mugabe, who is in frail health, would agree to appear before the committee or make moves to avoid a potential grilling. sight role,” Thabitha Khumalo, spokeswoman for the MDC op- that they release the results of their Mugabe — whose own regime was accused of siphoning off dia- ousting as a coup. He was replaced by his former deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, party who was backed by senior Mugabe, who has not been seen in public since his fall, exercised ruthless control over parliament, mineral resources for decades. The parliamentary committee has already summoned former ministers, ex-police chiefs and heads of several government department. Zimbabwe discovered alluvial diamonds in Chiadzwa, in the east of the country, over 10 years ago, and rights groups have accused security forces of using brutal methods to control the scattered deposits. Over 200 people were killed during operations to remove illegal panners from the area, rights groups Former president Robert Mugabe say. Amid allegations of massive looting, Zimbabwe allowed several diamond companies to mine the area — most of them as joint ventures between the government Zimbabwe is due to hold elec- since Mugabe was unseated, with retain power. Mnangagwa has vowed to hold a fair vote, and to tackle graft as he tries to revive the shattered economy by attracting foreign investment and re-building many international – Nampa/AFP Monday, 23 April 2018 Or a) The Bid Submission form Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Old Mutual Life 09:00-14:30 Swakopmund Town (Ferdinand Stich Str 4) 13:00-18:00 Tuesday, 24 April 2018 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Tsumeb Town (Private Hospital) 11:00-18:00 MTC Head Office 09:00-14:30 Walvis Bay Town (Behind Welwitschia Medi-park) 13:00-18:00 Wednesday, 25 April 2018 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 NIMT (Tsumeb) 09:00-16:00 Namwater 09:30-15:00 NIMT Arandis (Build & Trade) 09:00-16:00 Thursday, 26 April 2018 Centre Tal Street 07:00-18:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 NIMT (Tsumeb) 09:00-16:00 NIMT Arandis (Main Campus) 09:00-16:00 Friday, 27 April 2018 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Dundee Precious Metals (Tsumeb) 09:00-15:00 Agra (Lafrenz) 09:00-15:00 Pick ‘n Pay (Swakopmund) 10:00-15:00 Sponsored by:

Tuesday, April 24 2018| NEW ERA WORLD 19 Karadzic urges UN judges to throw out war crimes conviction THE HAGUE Once-feared Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, yesterday urged UN judges to overturn his conviction for war crimes during acquit him or order a new trial. Appearing at the start of his two-day appeal dressed in a dark suit and red tie, Karadzic, 72, smiled and greeted his defence team in the tribunal in The Hague. He was sentenced to 40 years behind bars in March 2016 for the bloodshed committed during the Balkan country’s three-year war from 1992-1995, which killed 100,000 people and left 2.2 million others homeless. Once the most powerful Bosnian Serb leader, he became the highest ranked person to be convicted and sentenced at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), after former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic died while on trial. But Karadzic has lodged 50 grounds of appeal, maintaining to the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) – which has taken over from the ICTY – that he was not given a fair trial. “We’re here today to ask you to overturn Radovan Karadzic’s conviction and to order a new trial,” defence lawyer Peter Robinson said, revealing that his client was to address the court later yesterday. The right to a fair trial was a “universal value” of international justice, Robinson said, denouncing what he termed Karadzic’s original “unwieldly, mega trial”. At the heart of the defence’s appeal is the fact that Karadzic had to choose between either representing himself or testifying in his own defence. The former psychiatrist’s “right to self-representation” was violated and he was “backed into a corner”, added another defence lawyer Kate Gibson. Karadzic “requests that the appeals chamber vacate each of his convictions and enter a judgement of acquittal, or alternatively order a new trial or a reduction of sentence”, said presiding judge Theodor Meron. At his verdict, the trial judges ruled that the former strongman was “at the apex of political and military structures” of the Bosnian Serb leadership. Bosnian Serb and Serb leaders developed an “organised and systematic pattern of crimes committed against Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats,” the judges ruled, which included deportations, attacks on non-Serb populations, detentions and rapes. The aim was “to spread terror among the civilian population,” guilty on 10 counts, including genocide for masterminding the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, deemed the worst bloodshed on European soil since World War II. Almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered and their bodies dumped in mass graves after Bosnian Serb soldiers overran a protected “safe area” guarded by lightly armed Dutch UN peacekeepers. Judges also found him guilty of being behind the bitter 44-month siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, in which 10,000 civilians died in a relentless campaign of sniping and shelling. But Karadzic was acquitted on one count of genocide, with judges saying there was not enough evidence to prove “beyond reasonable doubt” that genocide was also committed in seven Bosnian towns and villages. Prosecutors have also challenged Karadzic’s sentencing, saying the trial judges “erred in law and fact”. Chief prosecutor Serge Brammertz listed four grounds of appeal including that the judges applying an “overly narrow “improperly assessing aggravating and mitigating factors” when passing sentence. He has asked appeals judges to “correct the trial chamber’s errors and increase Karadzic’s sentence to life imprisonment.” Meron warned both teams at the opening that an appeals hearing could not simply rehash the original trial. After years on the run, Karadzic was caught in 2008 on a Belgrade bus masquerading as a spiritual healer and disguised with a beard and glasses. He was handed over to a tribunal in The Hague and his trial opened in October 2009. It ended in October 2014 after an exhausting 497 days in the courtroom dur- Karadzic’s military alter-ego and former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic was jailed for life in prison in November on similar charges. - Nampa/ AFP Radovan Karadzic (centre) VACANCIES VACANCIES Caption (Pic: Rodovan.jpg): Go-getters and passionate individuals are invited to join the National Oil Company. 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