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21 September 2021 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Deep divisions over extradition scraps

A former Mozambican Finance Minister and three high-profile European executives remain embroiled in major cases that could have severe consequences for several countries. Legalbrief reports that the Namibian Government has allegedly failed to set the process in motion to extradite ... Read More

Regional News

Prominent journalist arrested

An Algerian journalist from a local French-language newspaper has been remanded in custody, accused of belonging to a terrorist organisation and spreading false information. A judge in the Sidi M'hamed district of Algiers ordered Liberte journalist Mohamed Mouloudj to ... Read More

Civilian attacks continue – HRW

Attacks on civilians by armed groups have continued in two conflict-ridden provinces of eastern DRC since the government imposed martial law in May, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has noted. It said armed groups have killed at least 672 civilians, while ... Read More

Court to grapple with constitutional challenge

Kenya’s Supreme Court has been petitioned to determine whether a Bill to amend the Constitution should concern one or multiple issues, as a battle between the government and a group of private citizens intensifies. In the appeal filed by lawyer ... Read More

Africa International

Enron unit loses Nigerian yacht claim

A US court has dismissed an appeal by a former Enron unit that tried to stake a claim to the proceeds from the sale of a luxury yacht to settle a debt it’s owed by Nigeria’s Government. US prosecutors initiated ... Read More


SA drug mule convicted in Zimbabwe

A South African woman was last week sentenced to 12 years in jail after a Harare court found that she had tried to smuggle cocaine into the country from Brazil. A report on the EWN site notes that Harare Chief ... Read More

Rogue oil trader implicates former colleagues

When Anthony Stimler left Glencore in August 2019, he had spent 12 years paying millions in bribes to African officials and intermediaries. And he began to help a US Justice Department investigation into the company and numerous former colleagues. A ... Read More

UN peace-keepers in fresh abuse scandal

The UN has ordered the withdrawal of Gabon's 450-strong peacekeeping contingent from the CAR over sexual abuse allegations. It said it has received 32 allegations of sexual abuse or sexual exploitation against troops from the neighbouring country. A report ... Read More


ANC decides on minimal changes to Electoral Act

The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) has decided against major electoral reform and in favour of minimal changes to the Electoral Act to allow independent candidates to stand for provincial and national elections. A Business Day report notes the Act ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Scathing attack adds to Lesotho judiciary's woes

Ongoing shortages of judges and resources in Lesotho’s third arm of government have reached desperate levels, made worse by the recent death of yet another judge in office, Thamsanqa Nomncongo. Thousands of cases are said to be piled up, waiting ... Read More

Quotes of the Week


‘The Congolese Government may recognise the need for greater security in Ituri and North Kivu provinces, but imposing martial law hasn't accomplished that. Despite the government's efforts to spin its actions as military successes, many people across eastern ... Read More

Book Review

Krish: Struggle Lawyer

Krish: Struggle Lawyer   By Krish Naiddo (Foreword by President Cyril Ramaphosa) Shereno Printers. $19   The book is well written, accessible, educative, gripping and often entertaining while infused with a deep sense of humanity and humility. Naidoo truly defies ... Read More

At a Glance

Most influential African listed

* TIME magazine has listed seven Africans among its list of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2021, including figures from the world of academia, science, activism and economics. The Nigerian head of the World Trade Organisation, Ngozi ... Read More

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