The Honorable Minister
Edward Chindori-Chininga, one of more than 100 Mugabe regime figures banned from traveling to the EU was observed slipping out of Brussels. He received a visa simply by omitting his middle name on the application, according to the Telegraph.
Margaret Beckett, the Foreign Secretary, confirmed to the Commons yesterday that the former minister had arrived in Brussels after being helped by an "error" by the Belgian authorities.This "error" appeared to show how easy it is for determined officials linked to Mr Mugabe's regime to flout EU sanctions.
Belgian officials said yesterday that a man who "seems to be" Mr Chindori-Chininga applied for a visa at a Belgian consulate in South Africa under the shortened name of Edward Chininga.
"He received a visa in Johannesburg. His name was Chininga, so when we made checks, his name did not appear on the list," said a Belgian foreign ministry official.