ED hires Hague attorney for army killings probe team

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By Anna Chibamu

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has drafted International Criminal Court (ICC) attorney into his Commission of Inquiry set to probe the bloody August 1 post-electoral protests marred by army killings on six civilians in Harare.

Rodney Dixon is part of the seven member team announced by the Zimbabwean leader Wednesday.

The team, which comprises four foreigners and three locals, is led by former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe.

The other members are former Commonwealth secretary general Chief Emeka Anyaoku of Nigeria and Tanzania’s former military boss Davis Mwamunyange.

University of Zimbabwe professors Charity Manyeruke and Lovemore Madhuku as well as law expert Vimbai Nyemba form the Zimbabwean component.

Dixon has a track record which covers his contributions to some of the biggest world conflicts.

The internationally renowned British attorney has presided over the Sudan Situation concerning President Al Bashir of and on behalf of victims from Darfur in a case against rebel leaders.

He has prosecuted and defended before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) including as defence counsel on behalf of the former Prime Minister of Kosovo in protracted trial, appellate and retrial proceedings and represented the Government of Rwanda before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

He has acted and advised before other international and internationalised courts including the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), the Iraqi Special Tribunal (IST), the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), and the War Crimes Division of the High Court of Uganda.

MDC-T Deputy President Obert Gutu has praised his inclusion into the probe team.