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Sankara judgment a new beacon in Africa

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Burkina Faso’s ‘Sankara case’ is finally over, after 25 years in court and 35 years after the crimes were committed. The judgment is being described as a landmark for African jurisprudence and a wake-up call for the continent’s errant political leaders. A military court in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, has ordered the country’s former president Blaise […]

The evolving threat of cybercrime in Africa

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African countries are facing increasing challenges in combating cybercrime in a threat landscape that has changed dramatically. Africa has over 500 million internet users among a total population of nearly 1.4 billion, leaving huge potential for growth but at the same time making it increasingly vulnerable to cybercrime. The continent is reputed to have the […]

Tanzanian High Court Declares Money Laundering Bailable

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In what will go as a landmark decision and one of the most significant constitutional and human rights law decisions, the High Court of Tanzania has declared, today 18 May 2020, that section 148(5) of the Criminal Procedure Act Cap 20 (CPA), the key provision that denies bail to accused persons, as unconstitutional. Led by […]

Grabbing cartels by the horns – Mauritius

As the chase for corporate supremacy continues, the number of corporate gaffes continue to grow. On the 1st of March 2017, the Competition Commission of Mauritius (“CCM”) announced a temporary amnesty for initiators of cartels to come forward and take advantage of its Leniency Programme. The Guidelines on Collusive Agreements (“CCM3”) have been amended to […]

High Court finds SA’s decision to withdraw from the ICC invalid and unconstitutional

President and Ministers of International Relations and Justice have been ordered to revoke the notice of withdrawal. The Pretoria High Court’s decision to rule the South African government’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court as procedurally invalid and unconstitutional has been lauded by the opposing party. Deputy Judge President Phineas Mojapelo, in handing down judgment, […]

Mass support for kidnapping law passed in Lagos

Lawmakers have passed the bill with the aim of deterring abductors, but, with at least 83 victims still being held hostage, several have called on government to implement the law on a national basis. The Lagos State House of Assembly has passed a law in which those accused of kidnapping, could face the death penalty […]

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