U.S. targets Robert Mugabe's attorney general for sanctions

The U.S. Treasury Department announced on Tuesday it was imposing sanctions against Zimbabwe's attorney general, Johannes Tomana a relative of the First Lady Grace Mugabe, saying his actions undermined the country's democratic institutions.

"(His) targeting of selected political opponents threatens the rule of law in Zimbabwe, harms the integrity of the government … and counters the will of Zimbabwean people who have expressed their desire to build a democratic society," said Adam Szubin, director of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Johannes Tomana is a Zimbabwean attorney and the current Attorney-General, appointed to the position by Robert Mugabe on December 18, 2008.

He previously served as deputy Attorney-General under Sobusa Gula-Ndebele from 2006 to May 2008 .

Gula-Ndebele was dismissed from his post following infighting within the ZANU-PF. Bharat Patel, who served as acting Attorney-General from May to December 2008. Toamana is a member of Zimbabwes Anit-Corruption Commission since 2005.

Tomana’s appointment in December 2008 was made (together with the appointment of the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, Gideon Gono) without consulting the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the other part of the Zimbabwean inclusion governmernt. It is heavily debated by the MDC