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Africa Must Set Up Own ICC to Try Europeans, Says Mugabe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe inspects an honor guard of police officers Thursday in Harare, the country's capital. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi / Associated Press / June 13, 2013)
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe inspects an honor guard of police officers Thursday in Harare, the country’s capital. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi / Associated Press / June 13, 2013)

(Africland Post) – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who is also the African Union (AU) chair, says Africa must establish its own International Criminal Court (ICC) which would be mandated to prosecute Western leaders who have committed crimes on the continent.

According to the state-owned Chronicle newspaper, Mugabe said it was high time Africa set up a criminal court which would seek justice for “serious” war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the West, particularity during the colonial era.

“They committed crimes, colonial crimes galore – the slaughter of our people and all that imprisonment… I have a case, why was I imprisoned for 11 years? We forgave them, but perhaps we’ve not done ourselves justice… You set up the ICC, we set our ICC to try Europeans, to try Mr [George] Bush and Mr [Tony] Blair,” Mugabe was quoted as saying.

Mugabe said the International Criminal Court was a court for Western countries, dispensing Western injustice on Africans.

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