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Malawi’s president Chakwera fires head of Covid task force

The president of Malawi  Lazarus Chakwera has sacked the co-chair of a task force responsible for his country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, for allegedly misappropriating $7.7m. The President fired John Phuka, the co-chair of the task force, and James Chiusiwa, the head of disaster management “for showing a lack of toughness in demanding accountability,” according to the report. None of the affected persons has responded to the dismissal. President Chakwera also suspended 12 other members of the team…

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Lest we Forget Mr Aids

What a year of turbulence, 2020 had been. A year synonymous with the COVID-19. From forcing both the rich and the poor indoors in the name of lockdown to social distancing, not to talk of the millions of deaths and devastation of the global economies, the Coronavirus has audaciously established itself as a serious health challenge. But the bold and fearless presence of the COVID-19 virus should never make one ignore or underrate the danger posed by other deadly…

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Leon Spinks, Former Heavyweight Champion who Defeated Muhammad Ali dies at 67

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Leon Spinks, who knocked down the boxing legend Muhammad Ali has died at 67. He died of prostate cancer, which was diagnosed in 2019. The former US marine, who had suffered health issues of recent died on Friday in Nevada, surrounded by his family members. “Leon fought his battle with numerous illnesses resiliently, never losing his trademark smile. Showing true Spinks determination, he never threw in the towel. His final fight was fought with…

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Last Hurdle Cleared for Dr Okonjo-Iweala to Become WTO Boss

Former Nigerian Finance Minister Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is most likely to become the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), following the withdrawal of South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee from the race.  As the only existing candidate for the prestigious post, it is expected that the WTO members will formally approve Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment. According to the statement from South Korea’s trade ministry on Friday, Yoo’s decision was made after consultations with the U.S. and other major member countries. …

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Dominic Ongwen Declared Guilty of war Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity Committed in Uganda

Today, 4 February 2021, Trial Chamber IX of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) found Dominic Ongwen guilty for a total of 61 comprising crimes against humanity and war crimes, committed in Northern Uganda between 1 July 2002 and 31 December 2005. The verdict may be appealed by either party to the proceedings within 30 days after the notification of the Judgment. ICC Trial Chamber IX, composed of Judge Bertram Schmitt, Presiding Judge, Judge Péter Kovács and Judge…

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Opening of the Yekatom and Ngaïssona trial: Practical information

On 9 February 2021 at 9:30 (The Hague local time), the trial in the case The Prosecutor v. Alfred Yekatom and Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona will open before Trial Chamber V of the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the Central African Republic (CAR). Trial Chamber V is composed of Judge Bertram Schmitt (Presiding judge), Judge Péter Kovács, and Judge Chang-ho Chung. The hearings are scheduled from 9 to 11 February 2021. During…

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ICC Pre-Trial Chamber A grants interim release to Paul Gicheru

ICC-CPI-20210129-PR1562 Version française ci-dessous Press Release : 29 January 2021   ICC Pre-Trial Chamber A grants interim release to Paul Gicheru Today, 29 January 2021, Judge Reine Adélaïde Sophie Alapini-Gansou of Pre-Trial Chamber A (article 70) of the International Criminal Court (ICC), grantedPaul Gicheru’s request for interim release with specific conditions restricting liberty. Pre-Trial Chamber A’s decision will be implemented as soon as the ICC Registry finalises all the necessary arrangements.  In the view of the Chamber, Mr Gicheru’s voluntary…

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Verdict in the Ongwen case: Practical information.

Verdict in the Ongwen case: Practical information    On 4 February 2021 at 10:00 (The Hague local time), Trial Chamber IX of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will deliver the judgment on conviction or acquittal pursuant to article 74 of the Rome Statute in the case The Prosecutor v. Dominic Ongwen. Dominic Ongwen is accused of 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in northern Uganda. The verdict will be read out in public and will either…

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The Central African Republic: Mahamat Said Abdel Kani surrenders to the ICC

On 24 January 2021, Mr Mahamat Said Abdel Kani, also known as “Mahamat Said Abdel Kain” and “Mahamat Saïd Abdelkani” (“Mr Said”),  was surrendered to the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”) by the authorities of the Central African Republic (“CAR”) on account of an ICC  warrant of arrest issued under seal on 7 January 2019. Mr Said is suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Bangui (CAR) in 2013.  When issuing the warrant…

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