Zimbabwe reserves right to sue UK over heroes’ skulls

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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe accused a British museum of displaying the skulls of Zimbabwean war "heroes."
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe accused a British museum of displaying the skulls of Zimbabwean war "heroes."
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe accused a British museum of displaying the skulls of Zimbabwean war “heroes.”

Lawyers in Zimbabwe have reportedly said that the southern African country reserves the right to sue Britain over heroes’ skulls displayed at British museums.

This comes after President Robert Mugabe said early this week that his government was set to repatriate the skulls of the country’s fallen heroes which were taken to Britain during the colonial era.

Speaking during the country’s Heroes Day commemorations in Harare, Mugabe said Britain had invited Zimbabwe to collect the remains, adding that the repatriation of the skulls would afford the war heroes decent burials.

Mugabe castigated Britain for having kept the skulls as “war trophies” in the British History Museum.

Zimbabwe attained its independence from Britain in 1980.

According to a report by the state-owned Chronicle newspaper on Thursday, relatives of the slain heroes had expressed outrage over the barbaric act.

Legal experts in Harare said Zimbabwe reserved the right to sue for brutality in terms of international legal instrument.

The lawyers said Britain’s continued holding of the heroes’ remains was “despicable and unjustifiable” in a modern society.

 

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