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Zimbabwe Supreme Court Upholds Land Reform Law


Zimbabwe's supreme court has upheld a controversial law used by the government to seize thousands of white-owned farms.

The court threw out a challenge Tuesday, brought by a white farmer who had been evicted from his land.

In a four to one vote, the court ruled the challenge by farmer George Quinnell was based on technical issues that do not affect the validity of the law.

Mr. Quinnell had argued that the law was not valid because parliament followed incorrect procedures when passing it in 2002.

The government of President Robert Mugabe has used the law to force thousands of white farmers off their land so it could be turned over to landless blacks.

He says the land seizures are necessary to correct the imbalances of British colonial rule.

Some information for this story provided by AFP and AP.

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