Worldwide

Grace Mugabe's immunity in assault case challenged

On Thursday, the High Court in Pretoria was presented with a legal dilemma as it considered the diplomatic immunity granted to former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe.

Engels told News24 that she was not feeling nervous about the court case. We need to get this diplomatic immunity lifted and insist that she be charged.

Pictures on social media appeared to show Engels bleeding from her head after the alleged assault at the hotel in the upmarket business district of Sandton. In a statement yesterday, AfriForum said the Pretoria High Court would hear the case tomorrow.

Bringing Grace to justice has been at the heart of the case and has always been the goal of rights groups that tended to frown at her husband Robert Mugabe's repressive regime, which was toppled last November in a de facto coup.

Mrs Mugabe has denied attacking the model and said she was defending herself from a knife wielding and intoxicated young woman.

Mugabe allegedly assaulted model Gabrielle Engels with an electric cord in August previous year because she was unhappy with the escapades of her two sons in a luxury hotel in Sandton. "It is common knowledge that Mugabe and her offspring maintained extravagant lifestyles and spent enormous amounts of money on accommodation, shopping and parties in, among others, Sandton and Johannesburg, when she was still the First Lady of Zimbabwe", the group said.The granting of diplomatic immunity allowed Grace to leave South Africa along with her husband, who was in that country for a Sadc meeting, without being made to answer to any charges.

He said all the applications around this case will be heard simultaneously.

"Should AfriForum be successful in having this diplomatic immunity to Mugabe set aside, it will pave the way for the [National Prosecuting Authority] to take steps to ultimately prosecute Mugabe", it said.

Mugabe was accused by 20-year-old Engels of assaulting her and two friends at a luxury Johannesburg hotel.

They are also saying, given the seriousness of this particular crime, it was irrational and against the law considering the crime that she had allegedly committed.

Eyewitness News reporter Barry Bateman has more on the story.

They [ the state] are referring to worldwide law, saying that as the spouse of a head of state she was entitled to this, thus they obliged and granted her immunity from prosecution.

"And for that very reason it is so important that the courts should look at it and no one else", Spies added.

Engels said she suffered deep cuts to her forehead and the back of her head.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


10 May 2018
Fallen Kingdom' Featurette Tries to Convince Us This Is a Franchise
A new Jurassic World featurette takes you inside Fallen Kingdom , while hinting that this may be the strangest Jurassic film yet. From the prequel film, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are set to join the cast of the Fallen Kingdom as protagonists again.

10 May 2018
Robert Downey Jr. set to reprise role in 'Sherlock Holmes 3'
But for whatever reason, Sherlock Holmes 3 has been a slow starter, while the Marvel movies, well...we all know what happened there.

10 May 2018
Singapore PM congratulates Tun M on Twitter minutes after his swearing in
The biggest victor in this election was the People's Justice Party which won 104 seats out of 222. I look forward to working with Tun Mahathir and the new government to enhance our cooperation.

10 May 2018
Carrie Underwood discusses her fall: 'It just wasn't pretty'
Carrie spoke candidly about how her injury "wasn't pretty". "I just fell. I just tripped taking my dogs out to do their business", she described.

10 May 2018
Frontera Energy Corporation (FEC) Analysts See $-0.77 EPS on May, 14
Blackrock reported 3.82M shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. 73,308 were accumulated by United Services Automobile Association. Since May 10, 2017 FEC has 0.00% and is. $606,082 worth of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) was sold by Milton Bryan W.

10 May 2018
Clash of the champions: Sundowns welcomes Barcelona
Government was represented by Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe at the announcement, while there was also someone from La Liga present at the event.

10 May 2018
1Q Earnings Snapshot — AMC Networks
Therefore 0 are positive. 6 are the (NASDAQ:AMCX)'s ratings reports on May 9, 2018 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. ValuEngine cut shares of AMC Networks from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Wednesday , May 2nd.

08 May 2018
What are the Most Attractive Gambling Destinations Across The Globe?
New research carried out by CasinoBiggestBonus.com have discovered what are the most popular destination between online gamblers. The team have quizzed 2,432 Britons that gamble online asking what is their preferred gambling destinations.

11 April 2018
England All-rounder David Willey Replaces Kedar Jadhav
He has two centuries and seven half centuries to his name, which have come while playing in various T20 leagues across the world. With an experience of more than 140 T20 matches, David will prove out to be the Trump Card of Chennai Super Kings this season.

06 March 2018
Not Eligible for NEET? Apply for AIIMS MBBS 2018 before March 05
The good news, however, is that these clauses are not amongst the eligibility requirements for AIIMS MBBS 2018 Registration. All the appearing candidates will be divided into four groups evenly, to appear in the exam according to these four shifts.