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Zimbabwean officials added to banned list

Switzerland has frozen the accounts of 11 more Zimbabwean officials and banned those persons from entering or travelling through the country.

A majority of the officials are linked to President Robert Mugabe and are believed to be responsible for campaigns of violence surrounding the 2008 presidential elections, the economics ministry said on Monday.

The decision comes into effect on Tuesday, December 23, and falls in line with recent action by the European Union, the ministry added.

The EU added the 11 names to its existing list of Zimbabwean officials banned from travelling within its territory on December 8. A total of 178 Zimbabweans are already banned from entering or transiting through the country.

To date the frozen Zimbabwean accounts hold a total of SFr547,000 ($497,635).