Legalbrief Africa

Syndicate content
Building an information network for jurists in Africa and raising worldwide awareness of African legal issues
Updated: 1 year 50 weeks ago

Bloodbath in Cairo on anniversary of uprising

Tue, 2015-01-27 15:23
At least 17 people were killed yesterday (Sunday) in Egypt's bloodiest protests since Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was elected President, as security forces fired at protesters marking the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Muba...
Categories: Africa Legal News

Deputy Minister kidnapped

Tue, 2015-01-27 15:23
Gunmen have kidnapped the deputy Foreign Minister of Libya's internationally recognised government, the Interior Minister said yesterday (Sunday). The New York Times reports that the kidnapping of the deputy ...
Categories: Africa Legal News

Fresh Boko Haram attack reported

Tue, 2015-01-27 15:22
Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked Nigeria's north-eastern city of Maiduguri yesterday (Sunday). A report on the allAfrica.com site notes that the attack came as a surprise to some as the group had relea...
Categories: Africa Legal News

Priests assaulted by villagers

Tue, 2015-01-27 15:22
Three priests from a Baptist church in Guinea have been assaulted and held hostage because local people mistook them for Ebola awareness campaigners. BBC News reports that the priests had gone to the village ...
Categories: Africa Legal News

Former President's son aborts hunger strike

Tue, 2015-01-27 15:21
Karim Wade, son of Senegal's former President Abdoulaye Wade who is on trial, has ended his hunger strike, notes a report on the World Bulletin site. Wade who was the head of four Ministries during his father...
Categories: Africa Legal News

Government under fire over mounting graft cases

Tue, 2015-01-27 15:19
The Kenyan Government is fighting off the claim that it has been slow to prosecute individuals linked to mega-corruption scandals, some going back nearly 30 years. The Standard notes that while the current adm...
Categories: Africa Legal News

MPs approve new electoral law

Tue, 2015-01-27 11:08
DRC lawmakers have approved a new version of the country's electoral law after scrapping a provision that opposition leaders said was intended to prolong the President's time in power. Legalbrief reports that...
Categories: Africa Legal News

Online gambling will not be legalised - DTI

Tue, 2015-01-27 11:05
Government will not legalise online gambling - it 'must remain a banned activity' - according to a DTI media statement issued last week. In government's view, reports Legalbrief Policy Watch, 'no amount of co...
Categories: Africa Legal News

Why most citizens live in abject poverty

Tue, 2015-01-27 10:34
Equatorial Guinea, the continent's third-largest producer of oil after Nigeria and Angola, is Africa's richest country, per head of population. In a column on the Rand Daily Mail site, former Democratic Allia...
Categories: Africa Legal News

Court orders retrial in Mubarak graft case

Tue, 2015-01-20 14:38
Egypt's top Appeals Court has ordered the retrial of deposed President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons in a corruption case, a move that could pave the way for the former autocrat's release during the new proceedings. A report on ...
Categories: Africa Legal News

Signs of hope after UN talks

Tue, 2015-01-20 14:38
The EU's top diplomat on Saturday welcomed the 'initial progress' made in UN-brokered talks to end Libya's civil war that were held last week in Geneva. 'Some steps in the right direction have been taken,' said EU foreign policy chief Fe...
Categories: Africa Legal News

Court acquits accused in 'debauchery' case

Tue, 2015-01-20 14:21
An Egyptian court has acquitted 26 men accused of 'debauchery' after they were arrested in a raid on a Cairo bathhouse. A report on the ABC News site notes that the men were arrested on 7 December, amid fears...
Categories: Africa Legal News

Government slammed over Facebook conviction

Tue, 2015-01-20 14:21
Watchdog groups are asking the predominantly Sunni Muslim nation to reconsider its stance toward atheists after Egyptian authorities arrested a student and sentenced him to three years in prison for Facebook posts that insulted Islam. ...
Categories: Africa Legal News

MPs agree to salary cut

Tue, 2015-01-20 14:20
Members of parliament in Burkina Faso have decided to cut their salaries by half. The move followed heated exchanges on social media after it was revealed that MPs were paid more than $3 000 a month. BBC News...
Categories: Africa Legal News

Former President's son begins hunger strike in custody

Tue, 2015-01-20 14:19
The son of former Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has gone on hunger strike after being 'beaten and injured' while in custody, his lawyers claim. A report on The News Nigeria site notes that Karim Wade we...
Categories: Africa Legal News

Expropriation Bill gets priority treatment

Tue, 2015-01-20 11:31
The long-stalled land reform programme is to accelerate when Parliament reconvenes, with the controversial Expropriation Bill set to come before the House early in the new term, notes a report on the IoL site....
Categories: Africa Legal News

270 000 new jobs following Act - Treasury

Tue, 2015-01-20 11:30
Treasury claims the Employment Tax Incentive Act had led to 270 000 people being employed, with 29 000 employers claiming from the scheme in the 12 months it had been in effect, says a Business Day report. Th...
Categories: Africa Legal News

Africa's passivity in the spotlight

Tue, 2015-01-20 11:28
So are African lives less important to the international community than Western lives? Following the worldwide attention given to the Paris killings by Islamic militants, it's a question being widely asked and generally answered in the ...
Categories: Africa Legal News

Mixed reaction to Shell's oil-spill settlement

Tue, 2015-01-13 11:43
Royal Dutch Shell last week agreed to pay about $80m to compensate a Nigerian fishing community for two oil-pipeline spills in 2008 and 2009, in one of the largest environmental payouts in Africa. Legalbrief ...
Categories: Africa Legal News

Feuding factions to address conflict

Tue, 2015-01-13 11:39
A report on the DNA site notes that Libya's feuding factions have agreed to a new round of UN-backed negotiations to attempt to end the conflict destabilising the country three years after Muammar Gaddafi was ...
Categories: Africa Legal News