Mudenda To Face Prosecution In Serbia At A Time When The War Crimes Court Vows To Intensify Prosecutions
17 October 2019
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Paul Nyathi|Zimbabwean speaker of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda has been set up for prosecution at the Serbian War Crimes Court for his involvement in the August 1 killings.

The prosecution for Mudenda may be coming at an absolutely wrong time for him at a time when the court in Serbia has declared the need to accelerate prosecutions.

A report released by the Humanitarian Law Centre NGO in July this year, Serbia was blasted for continuing to make slow progress in implementing its strategy for processing war crimes, with no increase in indictments and the continued glorification of war criminals.

Visnja Sijacic (left) and Ivana Zanic (right) presenting findings from the report in Belgrade.

The report by the Belgrade-based Humanitarian Law Centre, said there has been no progress this year so far in the implementation of Serbia’s national strategy for the prosecution of war crimes.

The report, which covers the period from the start of December 2018 to the beginning of July this year, said there has not been an increased number of indictments compared to the number of investigations, that court cases continue to drag on for too long and that fewer missing persons have been found.

It also highlighted the lack of progress in Serbia to improve attitudes towards the issue of war crimes trials.

The Serbian government adopted its first National Strategy for the Prosecution of War Crimes in 2016, and it remains in force until 2020.

With Mudenda’s case coming in as the immediate next war crimes case and the first for a high profile Zimbabwean since Gukurahundi, the Zimbabwean speaker of parliament may find himself going through a difficult time.