Mugabe sued for $400m over deaths in 'political violence'

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Relatives of three people killed and another allegedly assaulted in the run-up to Zimbabwe's elections have filed a $400m (£280m) lawsuit in the United States against President Robert Mugabe.

Relatives of three people killed and another allegedly assaulted in the run-up to Zimbabwe's elections have filed a $400m (£280m) lawsuit in the United States against President Robert Mugabe.

Lawyers for Maria Stevens, Elliot Pfebve, Adella Chiminya and Evelyn Masaiti hoped to broaden their suit into a class action on behalf of the families of at least 28 others, mainly supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, killed during a violent campaign, the human rights activist Topper Whitehead said yesterday. He told a news conference attended by the plaintiffs the lawsuit accused President Mugabe of human rights abuses.

Mr Mugabe was served with the lawsuit while at this week's United Nations millennium summit in New York, Mr Whitehead said. Zimbabwe's Information and Publicity minister, Jonathan Moyo, denied any such suit had been served.

David Stevens was the first white farmer killed by war veterans and ZANU-PF supporters in farm invasions that have had Mr Mugabe's support. Ms Chiminya's husband, a driver for MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai, was burnt to death.

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