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South Africa: Alleged parliament arsonist appears in court

– – A man suspected of setting ablaze South Africa’s parliament complex last Sunday has appeared in court. On Tuesday the Cape Town Magistrates Court charged the 49-year old, for arson and then adjourned hearing to January 11. National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila told journalists on Tuesday that the suspect named as Zandile Christmas Mafe was also found with an explosive. Other charges include, “House breaking” with intent to steal and theft, two counts of arson, possession of an explosive device and destruction of essential infrastructure. The suspects lawyer,…

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Ghana: Court dismisses case against 21 LGBTQ+ rights activists

– – A Court in Ghana has dismissed a case brought against 21 LGBTQ+ rights activists arrested for attending a meeting in the country’s Volta regional town of Ho. The 16 women and 5 men were attending a paralegal training at a hotel when they were arrested on May 20, 2021 for “unlawful assembly”. That paralegal training session was being put together by Rightify Ghana, a human rights organization. The participants were meeting on how to document and report human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.…

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South Africa: Ex-president Jacob Zuma jailed for 15 months

The inquiry headed by Justice Raymond Zondo then asked the Constitutional Court to intervene. The court said Zuma is not an ordinary litigant and since he is a former president, he wields a lot of political power. [embedded content] – – There are fears he can influence others to disregard courts, if his conduct is met with impunity, leading to significant damage to the rule of law. The former president is now expected to submit himself at Nkandla or Johannesburg Central within 5 calendar days for the station commander to…

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Ghana: Actress jailed for posting her nudes released on bail

– – A Ghanaian High Court has granted bail to convicted actress Rosemond Brown popularly known as Akuapem Poloo. She was sentenced to a 90 day imprisonment last week for circulating a nude photograph she took with her 7-year-old son last year. There has been massive social media campaigns for the actress to be pardoned. Ahead of her transfer to the designated prison, her lawyer filed two applications for an appeal of the sentence and another for the court to grant her bail. On Wednesday the court granted her bail…

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Ghana: Academics upset as judges question lecturer for not wearing suit

– – Some academics in Ghana are upset over a development that took place in the country’s Supreme Court hearing a petition against the conduct of the December 7, 2020 presidential election. After the cross examination of the second witness for the petitioner, the ex-president John Mahama, some of the judges at the apex court questioned Dr. Kpesa Whyte who is a lecturer at the University of Ghana, why he did not wear suit to the court. They suggested to him to wear suit in his next appearance in court since…

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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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