Judiciary

Justice Tanko Muhammad Steps Aside as CJN
Breaking News, Judiciary, News, Nigeria

Justice Tanko Muhammad Steps Aside as CJN

Justice Tanko Muhammad, the current Chief Justice of Nigeria has stepped aside from that office. This confirmation came a few hours after rumours of his resignation hit the airwaves. According to Punch Newspapers, confirmation of this news was given by his Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Ahuraka Yusu Isah. He's reported to have said "the latest information is that the CJN has resigned; I spoke with somebody very close to him and he said he has resigned." It will be recalled that the CJN is currently the subject of certain allegations of high-handedness and favoritism. While no other action has been taken on this allegation, the CJN had responded saying "the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammad would wish to confirm receipt of letter written and ...
Freedom of Religious Expression: Lawyer Appears at the Supreme Court Dressed as a Native Doctor
Human Rights, Judiciary, News, Nigeria, Religion

Freedom of Religious Expression: Lawyer Appears at the Supreme Court Dressed as a Native Doctor

Following the Supreme Court's ruling, granting freedom of religious expression to secondary schools students, Chief Malcolm Omirhobo decided to appear at the Supreme Court as a Native Doctor. It will be recalled that the Supreme Court had recently ruled that secondary school students could go to school dressed in their Hijabs, the religious dressing allowed for Muslim females. See Also: We Won’t Tolerate Hijab in Kwara Mission Schools – CAN Citing this, the human rights Lawyer, noted that the Supreme Court had, by that ruling, granted persons of all religions the right to dress in line with their relious beliefs. He was therefore exercising his rights by appearing as a traditional worshipper. Aside from causing a stir in court, the Justices, who were visibly shocked, immediate...
Egypt Court Sentences Man To Death For Killing Priest
Egypt, Judiciary, News, Religion, Violence

Egypt Court Sentences Man To Death For Killing Priest

An Egyptian court Saturday sentenced a man to die for the April stabbing death of a Coptic Christian priest in an attack that shocked the Arab world’s most populous nation. Nehru Tawfiq, 60, was convicted in Alexandria criminal court of murder for killing 56-year-old priest Arsanious Wadid and illegal possession of a knife. His lawyers had argued that the killing was not deliberate. Tawfiq can appeal the verdict. Wadid was killed at a popular seaside promenade in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria in April. Investigators found that Tawfiq was an Islamist with an extremist background. During last month’s court session he appeared in court in a caged-off section of the room shouting “God is great” in Arabic. He attempted to recite verses from the Quran, the Muslim holy book, ...
Tunisian President Cuts Judges’ Wages After They Strike Over Sackings
Judiciary, News, Tunisia

Tunisian President Cuts Judges’ Wages After They Strike Over Sackings

Tunisia's political crisis deepened on Monday as President Kais Saied ordered judges' salaries cut to take account of strike days after they began a week-long work stoppage in protest at his move to dismiss dozens of them. Saied, who has progressively sought to tighten his grip on power, last week dismissed 57 judges, accusing them of corruption and protecting terrorists. Courtrooms were closed across the country on Monday. The head of the Tunisian Judges Association, Anas Hamaidi, said 99% of judges observed the first day of the strike, and that the action would continue until Saied reinstated those sacked. Read Also: Tunisia Judges To Strike Over Presidential Sackings The president assumed executive powers last summer in a move his opponents called a coup, subsequentl...
South African Pastor Found Guilty Of Treason, Racist Plot
Crime, Judiciary, News, Religion, South Africa

South African Pastor Found Guilty Of Treason, Racist Plot

A South African court has convicted a pastor of plotting to overthrow the government and to kill thousands of Black people in the country. Harry Johannes Knoesen, 61, a leader of the National Christian Resistance Movement, was on Monday found guilty of high treason, incitement to carry out violent attacks, and recruiting people to commit attacks. Knoesen’s group explored the possibility of using a biological weapon to infect and kill Black people, including the poisoning of water reservoirs supplying Black communities, according to the prosecution. Knoesen was also found guilty of unlawful possession of firearms by the Middelburg High Court. Weapons and ammunition were found when he was arrested in Middelburg, a small town in the eastern Mpumalanga province. The plot by th...
Tunisia Judges To Strike Over Presidential Sackings
Judiciary, News, Tunisia

Tunisia Judges To Strike Over Presidential Sackings

Judges in Tunisia are to strike for a week and stage sit-in protests against the president’s firing of dozens of their colleagues. President Kais Saied this week dismissed 57 judges, accusing them of corruption and protecting terrorists in a crackdown on the judiciary - his latest step to tighten his grip on power in the North African country. Judge Hammadi Rahmani said a meeting of judges on Saturday voted unanimously to suspend work in all courts, and to start the sit-in. The strike will start on Monday in all judicial institutions and could be extended, Anas Hamaidi, president of the Association of Judges, said. Last summer, Saied seized executive power in a move his foes called a coup, before setting aside the 2014 constitution to rule by decree and dismissing the elec...
Tunisia President Sacks 57 Judges
Judiciary, News, Tunisia

Tunisia President Sacks 57 Judges

Tunisian President Kais Saied has sacked 57 judges, accusing them of corruption and protecting terrorists. In a television address, he said he had given the judiciary multiple opportunities and warnings to "purify" itself. Among the sackings announced in the government’s official gazette was Youssef Bouzaker, the former head of the Supreme Judicial Council. Read Also: Ronaldinho Visits Tunisia To Promote Tourism President Saied replaced the council earlier this year - part of his efforts to consolidate his position after he seized power last July. He has already dismissed Tunisia’s elected parliament and set aside the constitution. Mr Saied has promised a referendum on a new constitution next month. Opposition parties and the main trade union umbrella are boycotti...
Okorocha Gets Bail, Leaves EFCC Custody
Corruption, Finance, Judiciary, News, Nigeria

Okorocha Gets Bail, Leaves EFCC Custody

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday ordered a former governor of Imo State and presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, Rochas Okorocha, to remain in custody until he perfects the conditions attached to his bail. Justice Inyang Ekwo made the order after admitting the ex-governor to bail in the sum of N500m and one surety in the like sum. Admitted also to bail by Justice Inyang Ekwo is his co-accused, Anyim Nyerere, who was sighted in a 17-count that majored on money laundering. For Nyerere, the court ordered that he should continue on the administrative bail granted him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for exhibiting good conduct while on bail. The court ordered that Okorocha’s surety must have a property in Abuja not below N500m and the ...
Egypt Jails Ex-presidential Candidate For 15 Years
Egypt, Judiciary, News

Egypt Jails Ex-presidential Candidate For 15 Years

An Egyptian court sentenced former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh and several prominent figures from the banned Muslim Brotherhood to lengthy jail terms on Sunday on accusations including plotting to overthrow the state. Aboul Fotouh, who is in his early 70s and according to his family suffers from several medical conditions, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, subject to appeal, the court ruling said. Rights groups say thousands of politicians, activists and journalists are detained in Egypt after unfair trials or without legal basis. Aboul Fotouh quit the Muslim Brotherhood in 2011 after disagreements over the role of religion in politics and founded the more centrist Strong Egypt party, launching an independent bid for the presidency in 2012. The inte...
BREAKING: Federal High Court Soft-pedals On Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial
Judiciary, News, Nigeria

BREAKING: Federal High Court Soft-pedals On Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial

The authorities of the Federal High Court in Abuja have soft-pedaled on the stringent conditions imposed on the trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu. Against their last month's decision, the court authorities have stopped the movement of the trial to the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, at Jabi District of Abuja. Also, the authorities of the Court have permitted the media to witness the treasonable felony charges brought against the Biafra nation agitator by the Federal Government. At the time of this report, fully armed operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, have taken perfect control of the security situations within and outside the court premises. Journalists, lawyers, litigants, as well as workers are being allowed into ...