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Court sets verdict date in Morsi trial

Legalbrief Africa - 13 January 2015 - 11:39am
An Egyptian court is to deliver a verdict on 21 April in the trial of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and 14 others charged with inciting the killing of protesters. A report on the News24 site notes that the r...
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UN urged to probe Facebook assault

Legalbrief Africa - 13 January 2015 - 11:37am
A human rights group has sent an urgent appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur against Torture regarding the case of a young woman arrested and tortured by Tunisia's security services under the pretext of fighting against terrorism. The Ge...
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Female bombers linked to fresh terror attacks

Legalbrief Africa - 13 January 2015 - 11:36am
Four people were killed in suicide attacks by two female bombers yesterday (Sunday) in the latest deadly violence in north-east Nigeria after the military appealed for support to help fight Boko Haram. A report on the ...
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Protestors detained for violating Act

Legalbrief Africa - 13 January 2015 - 11:35am
Police in Ghana have detained about 150 residents of Abura Asebu who marched to the local police station to protest following reports that several murder suspects were going to be granted bail. A report on the myjoy...
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Defendants in baby trafficking case re-arrested

Legalbrief Africa - 13 January 2015 - 11:35am
Two of the defendants in a baby trafficking case in Niger have been accused of trying to leave the capital Niamey during their trial. A report on the Daily Mail site notes that Hadiza Amadou, wife of former p...
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Bills stacking up on Zuma's desk

Legalbrief Africa - 13 January 2015 - 11:01am
A report in Rapport looks at five pieces of legislation on the desk of President Jacob Zuma - either awaiting a signature or proclamation of the effective date. Two pieces of legislation dating from 2011 will...
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Controversial Act threatens refugees

Legalbrief Africa - 13 January 2015 - 10:59am
Human rights groups are warning that Kenya's controversial Security Amendment Act still poses a threat to refugees' rights despite a High Court decision on Friday that suspends parts of the Bill for 30 days pending a full court hearing. ...
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SA editors and the Charlie Hebdo attack...

Legalbrief Africa - 13 January 2015 - 10:58am
Whether last week's deadly attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo will affect the way South African editors deal with sensitive content is explored by Rebecca Davis in an article on the Daily Maveric ...
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Lawyers slam 'faulty investigation' in bathhouse trial

Legalbrief Africa - 8 January 2015 - 2:17pm
Defence lawyers for 26 men on trial in Egypt after being arrested in a televised raid by police officers looking for gays at a public bathhouse say the prosecution's case is based on a faulty investigation. A report on the ...
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Blogger charged with defamation

Legalbrief Africa - 8 January 2015 - 2:15pm
Tunisian authorities have arrested a blogger who has been critical of the party of newly elected President Beji Caid Essebsi. A report on the News24 site notes that Yassine Ayar was detained at Tunis-Carthage...
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10 jailed in cases linked to 'terrorism'

Legalbrief Africa - 8 January 2015 - 2:15pm
A Moroccan court specialising in cases related to terrorism has sentenced 10 people to jail terms, including some accused of recruiting fighters for Syria and Iraq. A report on the ahramonline site notes that...
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New President calls for national reconciliation

Legalbrief Africa - 8 January 2015 - 2:14pm
Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi has pledged to work towards national reconciliation after winning the country's first free election. After taking his oath of office, he told parliament he would be 'the president of all Tunisians'....
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UN official warns of war crime prosecutions

Legalbrief Africa - 8 January 2015 - 2:14pm
The UN's top human rights official says fighting between armed groups in Libya has killed hundreds of civilians and could lead to prosecution for war crimes. A report on the deseretnews site notes that UN hig...
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President slams 'savage terrorists'

Legalbrief Africa - 8 January 2015 - 2:13pm
BBC News reports that Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has vowed to defeat militant group Boko Haram, after a series of attacks blamed on the group in recent weeks. In the latest incident, at least 10 peop...
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Abortion law approved

Legalbrief Africa - 8 January 2015 - 1:31pm
Mozambique has legalised abortion, making it one of the few countries in Africa to allow women to terminate unwanted pregnancies, notes a City Press report. President Armando Guebuza signed into law a revised...
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Public Administration Management Act gazetted

Legalbrief Africa - 8 January 2015 - 1:30pm
The Public Administration Management Act was gazetted towards the end of December, heralding what former Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu believes will be a new era in which the 'permissive' working environment g...
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A glimmer of hope as Mugabe sets of sights on 2017

Legalbrief Africa - 8 January 2015 - 1:22pm
Zimbabwe has been stumbling about in the darkest phase of its 34 years of independence since Robert Mugabe returned to unchallenged power with another rigged election in 2013. However, veteran analyst Allister Sparks believes that the c...
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