Tuesday, March 20, 2007

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.

6 Comments:

Blogger wretchard said...

The Wall Street Journal follows a UN investigation that despite a cold trail, through communications intercepts, forensics and interrogations, finds that the murder conspiracy against Lebanon's Rafik Hariri was probably hatched in Damascus.

3/20/2007 07:22:00 PM  
Blogger wretchard said...

A high-level mission to Darfur--led by Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize winner and anti-landmine campaigner--has told the Human Rights Council that the abuses in Darfur continue. (UN Dispatch)

3/20/2007 07:27:00 PM  
Blogger Teresita said...

...told the Human Rights Council that the abuses in Darfur continue.

And the members of the council gasped at the bold use of the aggressive term abuses. "We would have much preferred that she said 'human rights discrepancies,'" said Tarik "Bastinado" Baba, wiping the blood off his whip.

3/20/2007 08:56:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Carl "Bobo" Olsen,
"The Hawaiian Swede"
Woulda straightened out
Tarik "Bastinado" Baba.

3/21/2007 06:30:00 AM  
Blogger Annoy Mouse said...

One wonders what Chininga’s business was in Belgium. Could it be to cut fresh blood diamond deals in Antwerp? The self proclaimed moral anchor of world-government, Belgium, owes us infidels an answer.

3/21/2007 10:03:00 AM  
Blogger 3Case said...

Europe/EU must defend itself or die. We (US) should withdraw from it and let the jihadis take their shot.

3/21/2007 10:36:00 AM  

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