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Mr Djibrine is accused of torturing and killing hundreds of opposition activists in the 1980s. It is not clear whether he will be tried in Chad or in Senegal; where Mr Habre is due to go on trial after being held under house arrest there since 2005.
Civil society organizations in Nigeria have been holding talks on the need to strengthen democracy and reinforce the country’s justice system.
One of such meetings was a workshop for Civil Society on Legal Advocacy for Justice and Anti-Corruption held in Abuja, the Federal capital of Nigeria.
The trial of 33 people accused of carrying out an attack on the residence of Guinean President Alpha Conde over a year ago will begin on 10 December, according to the Public Prosecutor’s office.
One of the President’s bodyguards was killed in the attack which took place on 19 July, 2011.
Persistent in its rejection of the 17 November election results, the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) has taken its grievances to the Supreme Court demanding the results, which gave incumbent President Ernest Koroma a clear victory, be annulled.
SLPP had earlier called on its elected parliamentarians, mayors and local councilors to refrain from taking up their posts until further notice.
Amidst doubts over whether Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared his assets, the Code of Conduct Bureau on Tuesday said in Abuja, the Federal capital, the president has complied.
Mr. Sam Saba, Chairman of the Bureau, disclosed that President Jonathan and his Vice, Namadi Sambo, duly declared their assets in line with Constitutional provisions before they were sworn-in to assume their offices.
Amnesty International has called for the ‘immediate’ transfer of Mrs. Simone Gbagbo, wife of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo, by Côte d’Ivoire to The Hague for an investigation into her alleged role in crimes against humanity.
The rights advocacy group made the call after the International Criminal Court (ICC) revealed it had an outstanding warrant for her arrest.
Two Liberians have died in Senegalese jails in 2012 due to harsh prison conditions, and close to 40 others are lingering in jail awaiting trial, a Liberian embassy in Dakar has said.
The embassy is therefore urging Senegalese authorities to speed up the trial of Liberian citizens, complaining that many are being held in custody in parts of Senegal with no court dates announced.
The ECOWAS Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) is calling for more political commitment from member states to fight against terrorism financing and money laundering in the sub-region.
Political support will ensure appropriate legislation, firm judiciaries, law enforcement and trained personnel to fight the vices that GIABA was set up to tackle, says executive director Abdullahi Shehu.
In Dakar, the Senegalese capital, the streets are literally littered with children as young as seven years old carrying tin cans to beg for food and money from early morning to midnight reportedly for their Koranic tutors.
These children, locally called 'Talibes' (meaning disciples), are given by their parents to the tutors who send them out to beg for alms to supposedly sustain them while undergoing study of the Koran, the holy book of Islam.
The former ruling Parti Democratique Senegalaise (PDS) of Abdoulaye Wade has denounced the summoning of former officials on allegations of corruption, calling it a witch hunt by the current government.
Karim, the son of ex-President Wade, Thursday became the first of several officials of Wade’s administration to face probe at the Gendarmerie offices here in the capital, Dakar.