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A court in Sudan sentenced 27 intelligence agents on Monday 30 December 2019  to death for torture and murder. They were found guilty of deadly abuse against detained activist and teacher Ahmed al-Kheir in February 2019. Al-Kheir was killed in detention following protests against former President Omar al-Bashir. He was killed at an intelligence services facility. He was detained on 31 January 2019 and was reported dead two days later. Security forces initially claimed…
By Lenin Tinashe Chisaira As we approach the end of the 2010s , Africa Legal News revisits 10 legal cases that defined Africa’s decade. On the international and domestic legal scene, there were significant developments where court cases played a critical role in shaping the political, social and legal history of Africa. Africa Legal News has researched on the ten cases that made a significant impact on Africa in the 2010s decade. We will serialise…
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu of Zambia on Friday 27 December 2019 announced that he was cutting his salary and those of senior officials such as  Cabinet Ministers by between 10%-20% amidst an energy crisis. The cut was with immediate effect. Lungu also directed Secretary to the Cabinet Dr Simon Miti to cascade the directive to all non-unionised public officers including parastatal executives. According to News24, the price of petrol in Zambia gained 10% to…
By AfricaLegalNews East Africa Desk Judge of the Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice (Prof) James Otieno Aggrey Odek’s mysterious death has made an impact on Kenyan society. The judge was found dead in his apartment in Kisumu, Kenya on the morning of Monday 16 December 2019. He was 56. Reports suggest he may have died over the weekend and only got discovered when his driver found the door locked. There have also been reports that…
By Tendai Chabvuta In politics there are hard and soft issues that at times become cause for heated debates for ruling and opposition parties alike as well as their supporters. The hard issues have a bearing on the immediate concerns of the party and in Zimbabwe for example these could concern whether a party like the MDC should accept an election result or not. The soft issues relate to matters that occasionally come up but…
Citizens of the State of Colorado in the United States would soon be permitted to have their bodies turned into composite after death if a 2020 bill passes according to a report on The Denver Post. The report suggested that Democrat lawmakers, Rep. Brianna Titone, and Sen. Robert Rodriguez, were introducing the option for “natural organic reduction” after death. There is a suggestion that the choice would be environmentally sustainable and cost around US$5000.…
Indigenous representatives from five different peoples and activists from 350.org held a protest on Sunday in front of the headquarters of REPSOL in Madrid, Spain. The protest was meant to draw attention to an oil leak that has been polluting the beaches and contaminating sea life across 11 states in Brazil since October REPSOL is a global company operating in all areas of the oil and gas industry. The business is one of Spain’s largest…
President Adama Barrow on the morning of 12 December 2019 presided over the swearing-in of two new judges to the High Court of The Gambia. The new Judges, Judge Alexander Osei Tutu and Judge Francis Apangabuno, were in the country as part of technical assistance from the Republic of Ghana. With histories in International Law and Oil and Gas respectively, both judges brought with them 15 years of experience to the Gambian Bar and to…
By Africa Legal News Political Desk Voters in two different parts of the world, Algeria in Africa and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Europe went to the polls on the same Thursday in December 2019 in watershed elections. These elections had significant potential impacts on constitutional law and global relations. In Algeria, the vote occurred against the backdrop of widespread protest. In the United Kingdom, the future of the kingdom…