ZIMBABWE: Ironic Justice

Saved by Ian Smith's law

"The trial was conducted according to the best traditions of our inherited judicial system," said Prime Minister Robert Mugabe. A white patron of a Salisbury pub had another view. "Happy New Year, everybody," he roared, pint in hand. "It's the last one you'll ever have in this place."

The case each referred to involved Zimbabwe's Minister of Manpower, Planning and Development Edgar Tekere, 43, and seven youthful bodyguards, charged with murdering a white farm manager four months ago. Flanked by his lawyer in a Salisbury courtroom last week,...

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