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Human Rights Lawyers Question Prosecutor General's Independence

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) has filed an urgent application seeking to intervene in proceedings before the constitutional court instituted by prosecutor-general Johannes Tomana on his constitutional independence.

The prosecutor-general last week filed an application before the constitutional court in which he wants the court to declare that when he refuses to issue a certificate for private prosecution, the matter is within prosecutorial discretion and therefore not subject to review by any court of law.

The prosecutor-general is also seeking to bar the courts from interfering with his powers to decline prosecution.

The ZLHR says Tomana’s application has a major impact on the protection of human rights and freedoms guaranteed in the constitution.