Progress of Law in Africa

Discussion in 'Africa' started by waltky, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. waltky

    waltky Well-Known Member

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    Fits & starts for law in Africa...

    Despite a rare African success, international law still struggling
    Sat, Jun 02, 2012 - International criminal justice grinds slowly, but it can grind exceedingly small. Former Liberian president and warlord Charles Taylor was first indicted in 2003 for crimes against humanity, in a UN court over which I presided. Then, he strutted the world stage as a head of state. Ghana refused our request to arrest him when he visited and Nigeria gave him refuge for several years. There was a general expectation that he would escape trial, but the whirligig of time brings its changes and revenges: on Wednesday Taylor was sentenced to 50 years imprisonment, for aiding and abetting 11 kinds of war crimes and crimes against humanity — ranging from terrorism, rape and murder of civilians, to recruiting child soldiers and child sex slaves.

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