Ethiopia: Oromo leader Merera Gudina’s terrorism case adjourned

Ethiopia: Oromo leader Merera Gudina’s terrorism case adjourned

Ethiopian courts have adjourned until June 2 the case of leading opposition leader Merera Gudina, chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), who has denied charges of terrorism lodged against him. A hearing scheduled for Thursday followed last week’s 11-page response, presented by Merera and his legal team, arguing that…

Egypt: High-profile Hijazi detention, NGO case end in acquittal

Egypt: High-profile Hijazi detention, NGO case end in acquittal

An Egyptian-American held in detention for her humanitarian aid work with street children was acquitted in a Cairo court on Sunday. Aya Hijazi and her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, were among eight people found not guilty on charges of human trafficking, kidnapping, sexual exploitation and torture, according to Egyptian media reports….

Cameroon: Trial again adjourned in Anglophone activist case

In troubled Cameroon, the trial of prominent lawyer and human rights activist Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla has again been adjourned after a Thursday appearance before a military tribunal in Yaounde. Agbor-Balla, leader of the Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, was arrested in January when the government under President Paul Biya outlawed the…

Cameroon: Lawyers call for justice in Anglophone activist trial

More than 120 lawyers in Cameroon crowded into a Yaounde courtroom in support of a colleague who faces the death penalty on charges connected with his human rights activities, following his January arrest as leader of the Anglophone Civil Society Consortium. Despite the political tensions between them, both Anglophone and…

Parents of Reeva Steenkamp criticise Pistorius verdict

Reeva Steenkamp, the woman killed in the notorious shooting committed by Oscar Pistorius, have made their strongest statement to date criticising the verdict of the murder trial. Her father Barry Steenkamp told Australia’s Channel Seven TV “what actually came out in court is not the truth.” Last year Pistorius was…