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--about 75 “hardcore criminals” arrested
Some 75 “hardcore criminals” have been arrested in the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown, the country’s police spokesman has said.
Lawyers defending Togo’s former defense Minister Kpatcha Gnassingbe, who is brother of President Faur Gnassingbe, are requesting his release along with others held in connection with plotting against the state.
--Liberia to extradite 40 suspected dissidents
The United Nations Special Representative in Ivory Coast Bert Koenders has criticized Ivorian political actors for engaging in a war of words through the media, which is undermining national reconciliation.
At the same time, Liberia is poised to extradition some 40 suspected Ivorian dissidents to be tried in their home country.
In Togo, hundreds of prisoners have been released on parole.
This move has been made because of renovation works launched by prison authorities in all of the country’s detention centers.
The Liberian government has rejected the latest US State Department 2011 report on the dismal human rights situation in Liberia, describing it as imbalance and a misrepresentation of the state of affairs in the country.
The head of an agricultural research institute in Senegal has said the country has no need to be facing food insecurity and relying on rice from abroad to feed its population.
--stop the West from using court to “recolonize Africa”
A Pan-African delegation will on Monday, June 18, 2012 deliver a petition in The Hague, Netherlands, demanding that the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutes some Western powers and NATO for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Africa and Haiti.
On the 22nd anniversary of the Day of the African Child, the huge barrier children with disabilities face has been highlighted, with the child relief agency Plan International calling for “change in the condition” of children.
--Gambian Fatou Bensouda takes oath
“As I begin my tenure, moving forward in consolidating current practices, the office will continue to forge ahead with its investigations and prosecutions,” said Gambia's Fatou Bensouda, the new chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as she took the solemn oath of office on Friday in The Hague.
--a Liberian ex-rebel commander also on list
The former leader of the disbanded Young Patriots in Ivory Coast, a group loyal to ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, Charles Ble Goude and nine others have been declared wanted by Liberian authorities.