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20 October 2020 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

ICC net closes on al-Bashir

Five years have passed since former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir came dangerously close to blowing the lid off the International Criminal Court (ICC) by defying his arrest warrant and attending an AU meeting in Johannesburg. This weekend, an ICC delegation ... Read More

Regional News

Businesswoman, daughters jailed

A businesswoman who many believed was the secret daughter of former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was last week sentenced to 12 years in prison for money laundering, influence peddling, squandering public funds and illegally transferring money abroad. BBC News reports ... Read More

UN calls for release of lawmaker

Fourteen UN human rights experts have called on the Cameroon Government to release detained opposition leader Maurice Kamto and hundreds of his supporters who were arrested following nationwide protests on 22 September. Kamto has been held under house arrest for ... Read More

Bitter dispute over late tycoon’s estate

A Kenyan woman who has launched an application to secure a share of the late tycoon Eliakim Olweny's estate, insists they were married. Norah Atieno claims she was Olweny’s second wife and has produced three witnesses to who say ... Read More

Africa International

Rwanda aims to tap into global cannabis market

Rwanda has approved the cultivation and export of cannabis despite the fact that the use of the narcotic for medical or recreational purposes remains illegal in the country. A Cabinet meeting, chaired by President Paul Kagame, approved regulatory guidelines on ... Read More

Diplomatic row over Somalian rapist

A Somalian rapist is embroiled in a diplomatic row after passengers prevented him from departing from the UK two years ago. Thirteen years of criminal trials, prison costs and immigration cases by Yaqub Ahmed has already saddled taxpayers with a ... Read More

ANC hit by 'kickbacks' for diplomatic posts claim

Allegations that the ANC has been soliciting kickbacks from those appointed to diplomatic positions overseas are contained in a letter addressed to the Zondo Commission by senior bureaucrats at the Department of International Relations & Co-operation and published on the ... Read More


Harare seeks extradition of exiled lawmakers

President Emmerson Mnangagwa's administration has approached SA to facilitate the extradition of former Cabinet Minister Saviour Kasukuwere to answer to four counts of criminal abuse of duty. State media has noted that the first three counts relate to his ... Read More

Somalia snares terror suspects

Somalia's spy agency says it has seized 79 tons of sulphuric acid smuggled into the country for use by al-Shabab militants to make explosives. ‘We have arrested a number of people who smuggled it into the country and were ... Read More


Nairobi targets petty offenders

Anyone caught spitting or blowing their noses without a tissue in Nairobi will face six-month jail term, a Sh10 000 (about $91) fine, or both, if ward representatives pass a Bill tabled in the House. The Nation reports that the ... Read More

Chiefs back abortion Bill

A group of Malawian chiefs are urging MPs to pass the Termination of Pregnancy Bill when it is tabled for debate during the current sitting of the National Assembly. In terms of the draft legislation, expectant mothers would be granted ... Read More

UN official condemns rape law

The UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has condemned a recently-signed law in Nigeria's Kaduna state that introduced tough penalties for convicted rapists. BBC News reports that the law states that males convicted of raping a ... Read More

Africa Analyses

SA has promising future as international arbitration centre

SA is making up for lost time as a competitive international arbitration centre. In the past, international disputes were rarely referred to the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (Afsa) – the most prominent and widely recognised of SA’s arbitral institutions ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Quotes of the Week


‘The past two years alone have been dramatic and very difficult for women human rights defenders and activists.’  – Sitabile Dewa, director of the Women’s Academy For Leadership and Political Excellence, who has been harassed by Zimbabweam state security ... Read More

Book Review

For The Record

For The Record By Anton Harber Jonathan Ball. $18     Veteran journalist Anton Harber brings all his investigative skills to bear on his very own profession, the media. For two years he conducted dozens of interviews with politicians, journalists ... Read More