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Searching for the justice: The ICC and war-crime indictment

It is hardly a secret that in many African countries today, the name, ICC (International Criminal Court) is received with some degree of scepticism. One of the reasons for the negative perception amongst Africans is not unconnected with the fact that Africans top the list of individuals indicted by the ICC. The list is endless….Omar al-Bashir, Uhuru Kenyatta, Charles Taylor, Jean-Pierre Bemba, William Ruto, Charles Blé Goudé, Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, Laurent Gbagbo, Simone Gbagbo, Joseph Kony, Dominic Ongwen,…

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ICC President visits Rwanda

The President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, on Friday 20 September 2019 concluded a two-day working visit to Kigali, Rwanda, where he participated in a capacity-building programme for the Rwandan judiciary on international criminal law as well as held bilateral meetings with officials to promote dialogue and closer relations between the ICC and Rwanda. The ICC President encouraged Rwanda to become a party to the Court’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute, in order to enlarge…

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ICC: Opening of the confirmation of charges hearing in Yekatom and Ngaïssona case

Alfred Yekatom and Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona during the opening of the confirmation of charges hearing at the seat of the Court in The Hague (The Netherlands) on 19 September 2019 ©ICC-CPI Today, 19 September 2019, the confirmation of charges hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Alfred Yekatom and Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona opened before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC), composed of Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua (Presiding Judge), Judge Tomoko Akane and Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala. The hearing is scheduled until…

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Liberia: Many children die in a school fire outbreak near Monrovia

A fire outbreak at a boarding school in a suburb of Monrovia the capital of Liberia has claimed the lives of at least 27 people, many of them children. The tragedy took place in an Islamic school in the early hours of the morning when many students were sleeping. The affected building is near the mosque of the students. Although at least 27 bodies have been recovered so far, the Police are still searching for more bodies. According to…

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Afghanistan: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II authorises Prosecutor to Appeal Decision Refusing Investigation

Today, 17 September 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) granted in part the request of the Prosecutor for Leave to Appeal the “Decision Pursuant to Article 15 of the Rome Statute on the Authorisation of an Investigation into the Situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan”.  Once the Prosecutor will submit her appeal, it will then be up to the Appeals Chamber to decide whether or not to confirm the Pre-Trial chamber’s decision. On 12 April…

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Zambia’s 2021 polls and government’s crackdown on rival parties

A lot of activities are going on in Zambia ahead of 2021 polls among the aspirants eyeing various political seats. The incumbent President Edgar Lungu will automatically seek his third term in the office after Zambia’s Constitutional court last year December ruled that he is eligible to vie again. President Lungu came to power in 2015 following the demise of former President Michael Sata. He was the defence minister under Sata. He contested again in 2016 and was declared…

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Yekatom and Ngaïssona case: Confirmation of charges hearing to open on 19 September 2019

On 19 September 2019 at 09:30 (The Hague local time), the confirmation of charges hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Alfred Yekatom and Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona will open before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC), composed of Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua (Presiding Judge), Judge Tomoko Akane and Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala. The hearing is scheduled until 27 September 2019. The purpose of the confirmation of charges hearing is for the judges to determine whether there is sufficient…

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Basketball: We vowed not to miss the Olympics

Nigeria basketball star Al-Farouq Aminu has revealed that a pledge made in 2012 helped ignite D’Tigers to their third straight Olympics ticket. Extrasportsnigeria.com reports that Nigeria on Sunday recorded a decisive 86-73 victory over hosts China, which saw them finish the FIBA Basketball World Cup with a 3-2 record and seal direct entry into the Olympics as the best African team. Al-Farouq Aminu told FIBA.com: “It was a character builder for our team (beating China and picking a ticket)….

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The xenophobic attacks and South Africa -African relationship

It is not the first time many African migrants in South Africa faced the brute anger of their fellow South Africans, who have accused them of stealing their jobs. Anger alone would be a mere understatement. For sure, many a time, South Africans have audaciously committed a heinous crime against African migrants living in South Africa in the name of the xenophobic attack. Not just xenophobic attacks that come to mind. The monstrous brutish butchery of African foreigners in…

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Football: Somalia, Djibouti register landmark wins in decades

Somalia and Djibouti national soccer teams marked a big milestone in the world of football after registering first crucial wins in the first round of Africa’s World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers that took place on Thursday and Wednesday respectively. The first leg of the preliminary rounds involving 28-lowest ranked countries were played between 3rd and 5th with the second leg scheduled for next week. Lowly-ranked Somalia humiliated Zimbabwe 1-0 yesterday recording their first win in qualifiers after 35 years….

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