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We can’t change death penalty - Tanzanian high court

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Perhaps the most interesting sentence in the whole judgment is a quotation that comes from a 1995 Court of Appeal decision. The court wrote, ‘We may observe here that we are aware of the drive to abolish the death penalty worldwide. But that has to be done, as the learned Trial Judge has aptly put it, by deliberate moves ‘to influence public opinion in a more enlightened direction’.’

Thai judge shoots himself in court: protest at ‘political interference’

The case before Judge Khanakorn Pianchana involved five people charged with offences including murder, illegal association and certain gun-related offences. They were arrested two months after the shooting of five people in the remote Bannang Sata district. Three of the accused were charged with the murders and the remaining two with being accomplices.

Statute vs Statue: when judges become art critics

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The sharp-eyed petitioners in this case were former MP and now legislator in the East African Assembly, Simon Mbugua, with the director of Kenyans for Justice and Development, Okiya Okoiti. They challenged the constitutionality of the new bank notes for their depiction of the man regarded as the founder of modern Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta.

Lesotho's Acting Chief Justice names fellow judges likely biased against her

Fighting for her professional life, the Acting Chief Justice of Lesotho, Maseforo Mahase, has urged that foreign judges should be appointed to hear the pending application for a probe into her fitness to hold office. In a strongly-worded affidavit filed with the constitutional panel of the high court this week, she says that the three local judges already appointed to deal with the matter should stand down.

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