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Prosecutors in the Gambia have reportedly charged two exiled journalists for allegedly attempting to overthrow the government of President Yahya Jammeh.
It seems all eyes are now turning to the Hague based International Criminal Court (ICC) for justice in the Ivory Coast, in the aftermath of the post elections fighting.
Sunday 17 July will be commemorated as International Criminal Justice Day. One of the groups leading the observance of the day is the International Criminal Court, ICC based in The Hague, the Netherlands.
A civil society group in Nigeria has filed the first access to information application to five state agencies and the federal government, under the new Freedom of Information (FOI) law, approved by President Goodluck Jonathan shortly after taking office recently.
Belgium has reiterated its call on the Senegalese government to send Hissene Habré to Brussels for trial over the former Chadian leader’s alleged victimization of Chadians including three of its citizens.
Amidst controversy over the fate of former Chadian President Hissen Habre, a top African law professor Dr. Ibrahima Kane says Senegal can try the former Chadian leader in the country’s regular courts.
The interim head of Laurent Gbagbo's party says he is breaking with the political party for refusing to accept change, announcing that he's forming a new party.
At the same time, civil society groups criticize the Ivory Coast judicial system over the treatment of the former Ivorian president, his relatives and allies, who have been held in custody since his capture in April.
Amidst the controversy over Senegal’s aborted attempt to extradite former Chadian President Hissen Habre, Belgium is calling for him to be handed over to it.In an interview with West Africa Democracy Radio, the Deputy Spokesman for the Belgium Foreign Ministry, Patrick Deboeck said, Habre was wanted by Brussels because some of its nationals were allegedly victimized by his regime.
Senegal has now announced that it’s suspending its decision to extradite former Chadian President Hisssen Habre to his home country on Monday 11 July. Senegalese Foreign Minister Madicke Niang made the announcement in an address on state television, RTS Sunday evening.
On Monday 11 July, former Chadian President Hissen Habre will be extradited to Chad from Senegal, a decision announced by the government in Dakar at the weekend, but human rights groups say he may not be given a fair trial there.