'The lion is back in his den'
Hosni Mubarak, the first leader to face trial after the Arab Spring uprisings that swept through North Africa is a free man after spending six years in detention. Legalbrief reports that the extraordinary development marks the end of a futile ...
Policemen decapitated in ambush
Forty-two police officers have been decapitated by a Congolese militia group after the officers' vehicles were ambushed. A report on the allAfrica site notes that the country's Kasai region has seen seven months of severe violence amid local power ...
Former warlord sentenced in ICC bribery case
Former DRC warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba has been sentenced by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to a year in jail and fined £260 000 for bribing witnesses during an earlier war crimes trial at the court. The Guardian reports that the ...
Businessman slams magistrate over summons
Controversial Kenyan businessman Paul Kobia was today (Monday) involved in a heated altercation with a magistrate in a packed Nairobi courtroom. Kobia was arraigned over allegations that he and his four bodyguards kidnapped Congolese businessman Blanchard Londole and assaulted him ...
Opposition leader acquitted in graft case
Referendum to address flag and Senate impasse
Court upholds opposition leader's conviction
Islamic television station addresses porn scandal
Concern over creaky Cabinet
Judiciary not under threat – Jeffery
Zuma stands by land expropriation position
CJ break-in lawyer has history of SSA cases
Struggle hero lawyer dies
Minister sacked over television station altercation
Truth commission planned
War vets threaten to back the opposition
Grace Mugabe blocked from seizing farm
Bond notes lose their shine
Tripoli court suspends migration deal
A Tripoli court has suspended a deal between Libya and Italy to limit irregular migration to Europe. Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and his Libyan counterpart Fayez al-Sarraj signed the deal in February to tackle people smuggling through the North ...
Pope acknowledges ‘failings’ during genocide
Pope Francis has asked for ‘God's forgiveness’ for the ‘sins and failings’ of the Roman Catholic Church during the Rwandan genocide. Numerous Catholic priests are believed to have been complicit in the killings of about 800 000 people by ...
Ghanaian national accused of torturing migrants
A Ghanaian man has been jailed after migrants told authorities he tortured them while they were in Libya awaiting smugglers to send them by boat to Italy. Police in Agrigento said several migrants claimed the 20-year-old raped several women and ...
CAR child rape cases fizzle out
Woman in the dock on treason charges
UN slams Cameroon over refugee crisis
The UN has criticised Cameroon for the forced return of hundreds of refugees to north-east Nigeria after they had fled from the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency. BBC News reports that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said forced returns ...
Jordan urged to block or detain al-Bashir
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Jordan to deny entry to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir or arrest him if he enters the country. Legalbrief reports that al-Bashir has been invited to attend the 28th summit of the Arab League on ...
First life sentences for human trafficking
A Swazi father was given two life sentences in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Friday in a case reminiscent of that of Josef Fritzl in Austria nine years ago, says a Sunday Tribune report. In the local case the ...
Concern over red tape Bill’s effect on big business
Parliament has heard that the Red Tape Impact Assessment Bill – aimed at easing doing business in South Africa – placed too much emphasis on small business, worrying a lot of large companies that are also still vulnerable to red tape. A ...
Bill to protect executive branch from lawsuits
The Namibian Cabinet has approved a resolution to draft an Executive Immunities Bill, which will ensure that the executive branch of government is protected from lawsuits. The Namibian reports that the legislation is an extension of the existing law which ...
Bill seeks to outlaw tribal markings
A Bill prohibiting ‘facial mutilation’ has passed its second reading in Nigeria’s Senate. A report on the Naij site notes that Senator Dino Melaye, who sponsored the Bill, conceded that many people used ‘tribal marks’ as a means of ...
Unpacking Africa’s fraught relationship with the ICC
On 1 February, the AU issued a resolution encouraging member states to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). In an analysis on the allAfrica site, Adam Branch notes that whatever comes of it, the reported plan is the culmination ...
Mixed signals for LGBTI community
The Ivory Coast does not explicitly criminalise homosexuality, but its public indecency law singles out homosexual acts and relations. At a gay bar in Ivory Coast's commercial capital Abidjan, a group of men embrace and laugh. ‘Some of the ...
Costs issue in constitutional cases
The question of when a court will award legal costs in a constitutional case is settled law in South Africa, but in a number of other African countries with new constitutions, the issue is still unresolved. Latest to decide the ...
Quotes of the Week
'Nowhere in the world is there
‘I’m neither sad nor disappointed. Politically, everything flew in this direction and paved the way for the normality of this moment.’
– Tarek el-Khatib on the release of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. His brother, Mustafa, was killed in the ...
Student Comrade Prisoner Spy
Student Comrade Prisoner Spy
When Bridget Hilton-Barber got on a train to Grahamstown in 1982 to study journalism at Rhodes University, she had no idea of the brutal drama that would unfold. A rebellious young woman ...
At a Glance
Women, youths urged to own land
* Tanzanian women and youths have been encouraged to own land that they may use as collateral when applying for business loans from financial institutions such as banks in the country. The call was made by a member of the Parliamentary ...
IT expert charged with hacking
* An IT expert has been charged with hacking into Kenya's Revenue Authority and stealing $39m. Alex Mutuku is accused of electronic fraud but he denies any wrongdoing. The prosecution says he is part of an international network stealing money ...