Chinamasa sues The Zimbabwean (07-12-06)

LONDON - Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa is suing The Zimbabwean and it's editor, Wilf Mbanga, for defamation and demanding immediate payment of damages to the value of the eye-watering sum of Z$3,500,000,000 (3,5 trillion).
This sum is back-dated to October 7, 2005, and interest calcul

ated at 30% per annum plus the costs of the suit. This is believed to be a record figure for a defamation case.
Papers were sent by post to the newspaper at its UK office this week, accompanied by a letter from Simplicius Chihambakwe of the legal practice Chihambakwe, Mutizwa and partners dated November 10, 2006. Attached to the letter is a plaintiff’s declaration bearing the High Court of Zimbabwe date stamp of December 20, 2005. The reason for the 11-month delay in filing the papers is not clear.
The issue at stake is a story, published in The Zimbabwean of October 7, 2005, about Zimbabwe’s descent into lawlessness and the violence sweeping some parts of the country prior to the senate elections.

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