Category Archives: Legal Matters

Rwanda Genocide Suspect in France Denies Allegations, Lawyer Says

A lawyer for an alleged Rwandan ex-spy chief living in France says his client denies allegations that he was involved in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide.  Aloys Ntiwiragabo is now under investigation by French prosecutors. In an interview with VOA, lawyer Benjamin Chouai said his client Aloys Ntiwiragabo has been living in France for years. One of

Bashir Trial Raises Hope for Democracy in Sudan

The trial of former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir and 28 co-defendants, which began Tuesday in Khartoum, has been eagerly awaited by military officers who opposed the 1989 coup that brought Bashir to power. Ahmed al-Tayeb, a former army major who was ousted from the military and was periodically arrested by the Bashir regime, became a

Malawi Court Sentences Wildlife Criminals to 56 Years in Jail

Malawi wildlife officials have declared victory after a court sentenced nine members of a Chinese wildlife trafficking gang to a total of 56 years in prison.  Members of the Lin-Zhang group were found guilty of trafficking protected animal species and parts, including pangolins, rhino horn, and ivory.  The alleged kingpin of the syndicate is due

Malawi Lawyers Protest Government’s Role in Judiciary

Lawyers in major cities throughout Malawi took to the streets Wednesday, protesting what they call government interference in the judiciary for nullifying last May’s elections. The demonstrations were in reaction to the government’s decision to force the country’s chief justice, Andrew Nyirenda, to go on leave pending his retirement. John Suzi Banda, former president of

Nigerians Mass Online to Demand Justice for Abuses

The rallying cries #JusticeForUwa, #JusticeForTina and #JusticeForJennifer have reverberated among internet users in the country as celebrities have joined virtual campaigns drawing inspiration from Black Lives Matter protests in the United States.   The latest outpouring of anger has been unleashed by the cases of three women and girls who were killed or raped in

Rwandan Genocide Suspect Appears Before Paris Court

The United Nations has hailed the arrest of a wanted Rwandan genocide suspect, Felicien Kabuga, who appeared before a Paris court under heavy police protection on Tuesday. Kabuga’s court appearance came three days after French police arrested the 84-year-old at his apartment in the Paris suburb of Asnieres-sur-Seine, where officials say he had been living under a false identity.

ICC Rules Against Compensation for Congo’s Bemba

The International Criminal Court ruled Monday that ex-Congolese vice president and militia leader Jean-Pierre Bemba is not entitled to damages after his successful appeal of a war crimes conviction. Bemba’s lawyers failed to convince the court that their client must be compensated for the nearly $75 million they claimed he lost because of his imprisonment,

Soldiers Occupy Guinea-Bissau Supreme Court Grounds Judges Say

BISSAU GUINEA BISSAU – A dozen soldiers have occupied the grounds of Guinea-Bissau’s Supreme Court the court said Tuesday deepening a post-election crisis that has resulted in the appointment of rival presidents and the silencing of state media. The We…