ROBERT MUGABE, and
Pope Francis BOWING to
him at the Vatican.
The Pope also disregarded the U.N.
travel ban on Mugabe.
“The restrictive measures should be renewed until Feb. 20, 2016,” the notice read. “The application of the travel ban and asset freeze should be maintained for two persons.”
Since imposing sanctions in 2002 over electoral fraud and human rights abuses, the EU has eased measures to encourage political reform in Zimbabwe, although it has kept its ban on Mugabe and his wife Grace, as well as an arms embargo.
Mugabe arrived amid controversy in Zimbabwe where police on Sunday arrested four of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's aides and a prominent human rights lawyer following a referendum that would curtail Mugabe's powers.
A PRACTISING CATHOLIC, the 89-year-old Mugabe VISITED THE VATICAN previously in 2011 for the beatification of late pope John Paul II.
In 2005 he attended John Paul II's funeral on a visit that drew controversy after Britain's Prince Charles shook hands with him.
Pope Francis's inauguration mass in St Peter's Square will take place on Tuesday, with hundreds of thousands of faithful and world leaders expected.
Mugabe has been widely condemned for human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.
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