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Zimbabwe Magistrate Defers Ruling On Farm Evictions

A magistrate in Karoi, Mashonaland West, has reserved judgment until Friday in the case of two farmers summoned for failing to obey a government eviction order.

A lawyer for the farmers, David Drury, said Don Nell and Jerry Terblanche were the first white commercial farmers to face such charges since the eviction orders were issued earlier this year by Security and Land Reform Minister Didymus Mutasa.

Drury said Nell, a South African, bought his farm under the 1992 Zimbabwe Investment Center Act passed by Harare to attract foreign investors.

Drury told reporter Carole Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the eviction orders also run counter to legislation now pending in parliament. Farmer Jerry Terblanche gave Carole further details on his own situation.

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