In written responses to questions from The Zimbabwean, Van Damme said the ruling by the General Court of the European Union would have no negative effect on the ongoing re-engagement process between Zimbabwe and the EU.
The EU imposed targeted measures against Mugabe and his lieutenants in 2002 at the height of human rights violations in the country. Prosecutor General Johannes Tomana, 11 companies and 109 individuals linked to Zanu (PF) had appealed to the General Court of the European Union to have the measures removed.
In dismissing the appeal, the Court said all the people on the list were close confidantes of Mugabe who were involved in human rights violations.
“The EU has taken note of the judgment of the General Court regarding persons and entities within the framework of EU restrictive measures against Zimbabwe, dismissing their action. The judgment is a legal ruling of an independent Court; it is not a political decision taken by the EU governments and the EU has not to comment.
“It should however be noted that the measures against all the applicants, with the exception of one (Zimbabwe Defence Industries), have been withdrawn or suspended since 2013 or 2014 … and have no practical effect.”
The targeted measures against the Zanu (PF) leader and his wife Grace remain in place. Of late, a number of European countries have sent delegations to explore business opportunities in Zimbabwe.Post published in: News