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Zimbabwe challenges Supreme Court ruling

Zimbabwe has hired a team of South African lawyers to appeal a recent Supreme Court ruling.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

HARARE - Zimbabwe has hired a team of lawyers in South Africa to appeal a recent Supreme Court ruling in favour of dispossessed white farmers from that country.

The ruling allows the farmers to seize Zimbabwe government assets because they have lost their farms, but Zimbabwe's attorney general says it violates the Geneva Convention.

President Robert Mugabe's attorney general Johannes Tomana says the Supreme Court ruling in South Africa is not valid.

He told the Sunday Mail that the judgment defied the concept of diplomatic immunity which can only be revoked in extreme cases.

At the centre of this dispute, is the property that the Zimbabwe government owns in Cape Town, and that the white farmers are trying to seize.

The property is currently being leased out but the authorities say that it does not mean that it is not still to be protected by the Geneva Convention on diplomatic privileges.

Zimbabwe has tasked the team of lawyers to mount the appeal.