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Malawi’s top court suspends wearing of wigs and gowns

Soaring temperature levels in Malawi has forced the country’s constitutional court to suspend the wearing of traditional white wigs and black robes in the courtroom. Malawi is among several African countries that continue to hold on to a practice of lawyers and judges wearing white wigs and black robes in the courtroom. But heatwave has been sweeping through Malawi, according to reporting by Thomson Reuters Foundation. Temperatures have hit 45 degrees Celsius, according to Malawi’s Department of Meteorological Services. The suspension of the wearing of these traditional attires should help bring…

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The Moroccan journalist jailed for ‘having abortion’

A Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni has been jailed for a year by a court for allegedly having an “illegal” abortion. Raissouni, 28 was also accused of having sexual relations outside of her marriage, Al Jazeera reported. Her Sudanese fiance and gynaecologist have also been jailed one and two-years, respectively over the issue. But an anaesthetist and medical assistance who were allegedly involved in carrying out the abortion were given suspended sentences of a year and eight months, respectively. The journalist was arrested on August 31 this year while leaving a…

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South Africa: Top court rules against spanking children

South Africa’s Constitutional Court has ruled that smacking children amounts to abusing their rights. It said the use of corporal punishment at home violates children’s rights. The court has ruled that it is unconstitutional to resort to “reasonable and moderate chastisement” of children as a form of physical discipline. The ruling was arrived at after an earlier High Court ruled in a similar way. The high court gave its ruling during a trial that involved a father who was found guilty of assaulting his 13-year-old son. The father claimed he…

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Brother and sister to marry after 10 years of court battle

A New Jersey brother and sister have won the right to marry after a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States. In a 5-to-4 ruling, five judges unanimously granted the appeal by James Banes, 41, and Victoria Banes, 38, today after a ten-year-long battle. The overjoyed pair said they did it for the ‘millions of Americans who have consensual incestuous relationships and who are living in fear’ and blasted the Government for wasting taxpayers’ money fighting their challenge. “Incest has been practiced by humans since the dawn…

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Nigeria: Court grants Shia leader medical leave in India

A court in Nigeria’s Kaduna State on Monday granted the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife Zeenatu Zakzaky bail for medical leave in india. He and his wife are to seek the medical treatment at the Mandeta Hospital, located in New Delhi, India. Ibrahim Zakzaky was arrested and detained in 2015 during a security operation that resulted in the death of at least 347 of his supporters called the Shiites. His detention was declared illegal with the court on several occasions ordering his release.…

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Nigeria declares Shiite Muslim group a terrorist organisation

Nigeria has now declared the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also referred to as “Shiites” a terrorist organisation. A court in Nigeria on Friday gave the government the approval to label the group as a terrorist organization after series of deadly protest by its members. The protests last week also resulted in the death of a senior police officer in Nigeria, Usman Umar as well as a journalist called Precious Owolabi. The court in it’s ruling restrained people from engaging in any form of activities related to the IMN under any…

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South Africa: Top anti-graft official accused of lying

South Africa’s top court on Monday ruled that the country’s top anti-corruption official lied under oath and acted in bad faith. The court has ruled that the public protector, Busisiwe Mkwebane did not tell the truth in relation to an investigation into an apartheid-era bank bailout. The constitutional court said “This court upholds the High Court’s finding that the public protector acted in bad faith.” Mkhwebane has been ordered to pay costs awarded against her by the High Court last year for using flawed methods in a 2017 investigation. The…

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Revolution sneaks up on you one small step at a time

By Jennifer Fierberg Rwandan gospel singer sentenced to ten years in prison Injustice inside Rwanda is not a new topic for journalists who cover the region. It is a subject matter that is written about so frequently that it becomes part of the narrative when broaching the subject of the legal system in Rwanda. Sadly, today is not different. The popular Rwandan gospel singer, Mihigo Kizito, was sentenced to 10 years in prison today. His co-defendant, journalist Cassian Ntamuhanga was sentenced to 25 years and former military personnel Dukuzumuremyi John…

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RWANDA: POLITICAL PRISONER INGABIRE SUPREME COURT APPEAL SUBMISSION

APRIL 18, 2013  Kigali  April 17 2013 Mrs Ingabire appeals to the Supreme Court to quash the sentence passed by the High Court because it was based on matters that were not brought before the court by the Prosecution.  On Wednesday 17th April 2013 Mrs Ingabire Umuhoza, made submission to the Supreme Court, asking the Supreme Court to quash the sentence passed on her by the High court because the latter had cleared her of the charges brought before it but strangely based its sentence on matters that did not…

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