Egypt’s Prosecutor To Investigate Missing African Cup Saga

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The sports ministry said Wednesday it has referred a probe into a missing African Cup of Nations trophy which Egypt has possessed since 2010 to the prosecutor general after a string of explosive allegations.

“The ministry of youth and sports has referred the file of the loss of some important silverware from the warehouses of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) to the prosecutor general,” it said in a brief statement on its Facebook page.

The investigation was launched last week when celebrated ex-national goalkeeper Ahmed Shobair said the EFA found that the gold trophy, along with other awards from previous tournaments, had gone missing.

Officials were preparing to inaugurate a museum showcasing Egypt’s football memorabilia in time for the EFA’s centenary when the loss was realised, Shobair said on his popular talkshow.

Another former football hero Magdy Abdelghani, along with the EFA, waded into the debate suggesting ex-national team players and coaches Ahmed Hassan and Shawky Gharib knew of the 2010 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy’s whereabouts.

But former football officials said it was looted during a fire in 2013 caused by protesters, known as the Ultras, at the EFA headquarters in Cairo.

The accusations prompted the sports ministry and EFA to kick off investigations that have been closely monitored by Egypt’s legions of fervent football fans.

Hassan and Gharib have both dismissed any link to the disappearance.

The continent’s football governing body, the Confederation of African Football, said Sunday it had “learnt with shock reports of missing AFCON trophies from the Egyptian Football Association secretariat”.

“Our doors are open and the @EFA can count on our support in the search for the priceless memorabilia,” it tweeted.

Egypt was allowed to keep the trophy on a permanent basis — with a new cup made — after the dominant run of the “Pharaohs”, as the national team is known, winning three titles in a row, in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

Egypt is the most successful country in Africa Cup of Nations history, having won the trophy a total of seven times since 1957.

But the Pharaohs were knocked out at the last-16 stage last year when Egypt hosted the biennial tournament.


Rwanda Issues Arrest Warrant For Genocide Suspect In France – Prosecutor

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Rwanda has issued an international arrest warrant for a top former Rwandan military official, Aloys Ntiwiragabo, who is under investigation in France over his role in the country’s 1994 genocide which claimed 800,000 lives.

“We have issued an international arrest warrant against Aloys Ntiwiragabo, the genocide suspect. We have investigated his case and we are working with the French unit in charge of combating war crimes and crimes against humanity,” prosecutor-general Aimable Havugiyaremye told a press conference on Tuesday.

France opened a probe into alleged crimes against humanity by Ntiwiragabo after he was found in the suburbs of the city of Orleans, about 100 kilometres south-west of Paris.

French investigative news site Mediapart tracked down the former Rwandan spy chief, who had been identified by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) as one of the architects of the genocide.

Neither the ICTR, Interpol, France nor Rwanda were actively seeking him now and had dropped arrest warrants years ago.

The revelation of his whereabouts came barely two months after another suspected genocide architect, Felicien Kabuga, was arrested on the fringes of Paris.

Kabuga, who evaded police in several countries for 25 years, is accused of financing the genocide.

Kabuga had asked for a trial in France, citing frail health and claiming the UN court in Africa would be biased against him, and possibly hand him over to Rwandan authorities.

A team of prosecutors and investigators from the international tribunal handling Rwanda genocide matters arrived in Kigali Tuesday for a two-week visit to investigate and gather evidence on Kabuga and other genocide suspects at large.

France has long been known as a hiding place for wanted genocide suspects and French investigators currently have dozens of cases underway.

A plane carrying President Juvenal Habyarimana, from Rwanda’s Hutu majority, was shot down in Kigali on April 6, 1994, unleashing the killing spree that would leave mainly Tutsis but also moderate Hutus dead.


Crime Bill Will Run Contrary To Corruption Fight, Says EFCC Prosecutor

EFCC Prosecutor, Rotimi Jacob


A prosecutor for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Rotimi Jacob, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to sign the Crime Bill recently passed by the National Assembly.

During an interview on Channels Television, Jacob said the crime will jeopardise the administration’s efforts in the fight against corruption.

“I passionately appeal to Mr President not to sign that legislation. It is not in our interest. It will run contrary to the fight against corruption,” he stated.

According to him, the proceeds of the Crime Bill 2019 as recently passed will cripple the anti-corruption war of the Federal Government.

He noted that the EFCC is mandated by law to tackle economic crimes through thorough investigation of accounts suspected to be gotten illegally.

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“The EFCC by the nature of their own mandate are to investigate economic crimes. And most of these economic crimes are crimes committed though financial institutions and other bodies.

“They need accounts in banks to be able to properly investigate. Section 34 is the backbone of that power to do economic crime, to really go to your account, trace your money and know how false came into your account,” he stated.

Egypt Hangs Nine For 2015 Murder Of Top Prosecutor


Egypt hanged nine men on Wednesday for the 2015 assassination of the prosecutor general, judicial sources said, bringing to 15 the number of executions it has carried out this month.

Hisham Barakat was killed in June 2015 when a car bomb struck his convoy in Cairo following jihadist calls for attacks on the judiciary to avenge a crackdown on Islamists.

The nine men hanged on Wednesday were among 28 people sentenced to death in 2017 for involvement in his murder.

Their death sentences were upheld in November by the Court of Cassation, which commuted the sentences of six others to life imprisonment.

The sentences of the other defendants were not considered because they had been sentenced in absentia.

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The hangings came despite an 11th-hour plea by human rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday for a stay of execution.

“There is no doubt that those involved in deadly attacks must be prosecuted and held accountable for their actions but executing prisoners or convicting people based on confessions extracted through torture is not justice,” said Amnesty’s North Africa campaigns director, Najia Bounaim.

“At least six men have already been executed earlier this month after unfair trials. Instead of stepping up executions the Egyptian authorities should take steps to abolish the death penalty once and for all.”

Last week, Egypt hanged three people convicted of the 2013 murder of senior police officer Nabil Farag.

The previous week, it hanged three young “political detainees” convicted of the September 2013 murder of the son of a judge, Human Rights Watch reported.

No one claimed the 2015 attack against Barakat but the authorities pointed the finger at members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

Since Morsi’s overthrow by then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in 2013, Egypt has struggled to quell a jihadist insurgency and cracked down on Islamists who backed him.

Hundreds of Morsi supporters have been sentenced to death, while the former president and top Brotherhood figures have also faced trial.

The Muslim Brotherhood was outlawed and branded a terrorist organisation in December 2013, just months after Morsi’s ouster.

Many of the death sentences have been handed down at mass trials involving hundreds of defendants and lasting just days.


Five Saudi Officials Face Death Penalty For Khashoggi Murder

This video grab made on October 10, 2018 from CCTV footage obtained from Turkish news agency DHA shows Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (R) arriving at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018 . Demiroren News Agency / AFP


Five Saudi officials face the death penalty for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was dismembered inside the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate, but Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was not involved, the prosecutor said on Thursday.

The announcement follows growing international outcry over the killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the Saudi rulers who was last seen entering the consulate on October 2 to obtain paperwork for his marriage.

Khashoggi died after being drugged and then dismembered, a spokesman for the public prosecutor’s office said in the first Saudi confirmation of how he was killed.

The journalist’s body parts were then handed over to an agent outside the consulate grounds, the spokesman said.

He denied Prince Mohammed had any knowledge of the murder.

The deputy chief of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence, General Ahmed al-Assiri, gave the order to repatriate Khashoggi — and “the head of the negotiating team” that flew to the Istanbul consulate had ordered his murder, the spokesman said.

After repeated denials, Saudi Arabia finally admitted in mid-October that Khashoggi had been murdered at the compound, but blamed it on a “rogue” operation.

The prosecutor has requested the death penalty for the five who “are charged with ordering and committing the crime and for the appropriate sentences for the other indicted individuals,” an official statement published by state news agency SPA said.

It said a total of 21 individuals were in custody in connection with the killing, 11 of whom have been indicted with investigations to continue into the others.

Turkey on Wednesday called for an international investigation into the murder.

Ankara has already shared voice recordings linked to the murder with a number of countries including Saudi Arabia, the United States and its Western allies.

‘Global fallout’

Khashoggi’s killing has plunged the world’s top oil exporter into its worst diplomatic crisis since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, in which most of the hijackers were identified as Saudi nationals.

After first insisting Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, Saudi authorities said he was killed in an argument that degenerated into a brawl before finally accepting what Turkey had said virtually from the start — that he was killed in a premeditated hit.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the order to murder Khashoggi came from “the highest levels” of the Saudi government.

The global fallout over the murder has tainted the image of 33-year-old Prince Mohammed — the de facto ruler and heir apparent — despite persistent Saudi denials that he was involved.

Khashoggi’s murder has also led to increased scrutiny of Saudi Arabia’s role in the Yemen war, which has pushed the impoverished country to the brink of famine.

The journalist went into self-imposed exile in the United States in 2017 after falling out with Prince Mohammed.


Man Docked For Alleged Assault In Osun State

Man Docked For Alleged Assault In Osun StateAn Osun Magistrate Court sitting in Ile-Ife has docked one Dayo Adebayo, 29, for alleged assault on a pregnant woman.

The prosecutor, Sunday Osanyintuyi, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Febraury 13, around 11:45 pm at Ehindi Street, Ile-Ife.

Osanyintuyi, said Adebayo assaulted the woman named Blessing Monday, by hitting her with his fist across her face, causing various injuries.

He added that the offence was contrary to and punishable under section 356 of the Criminal Code (Cap 34 Vol 11), Laws of Osun, 2002.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the offence leveled against him.

Defence counsel, Mrs Innocent Akhigbe, therefore pleaded for the bail of the accused in most Liberal terms, promising that her client would not jump bail and would provide reliable sureties.

Magistrate Risikat Olayemi granted the bail of the accused in the sum of 5,000 Naira with one surety each in like amount.

Olayemi added that the surety must swear to an affidavit of means, and must reside within the court jurisdiction and the address of the accused and surety to be verified by the prosecutor.

She further stated that both the accused and surety should present two recent passport photographs as well as provide tax clearance certificates for three years.

Subsequently, the case was adjourned to March 20, 2017 for hearing.

Again, Nigerian Government Seeks Secret Trial For Ex-NSA Dasuki

Again, Nigerian Government Seeks Secret Trial For Dasuki, ex-NSA Objects For the second time, the Nigerian government has applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja for secret trial and protection of witnesses that will testify against the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki in the case of unlawful possession of fire-arms and money laundering brought against him.

The fresh application which was filed by the prosecutor, Mr Oladipo Okpeseyi, urged the court to try the former National Security Adviser in secret and also protect the witnesses by not allowing their names and addresses to be made public in the course of the trial.

But in a strong opposition to the fresh request, the former National Security Adviser asked the court to dismiss the government motion on the ground that it lacks merit and constituted a gross abuse of court process.

Counsel to the former NSA, Mr Ahmed Raji, argued that there was no justification for the federal government to have brought the motion for secret trial for the second time having lost in the first motion filed before the same court.

He reminded the court that government had on its own volition placed the charges against him on the internet where the names, addresses and positions of the witnesses were conspicuously put at the disposal of the general public.

He reminded the court that in a ruling it dismissed the request on the ground that the witnesses were already known by the public having given their names and addresses to the public through the internet.

He further said that bringing the same motion to the same court constituted a gross abuse of court process and that what the prosecution ought to do if not satisfied with the decision of the court is to approach the Court of Appeal to ventilate its case.

The defense did not object to the request for the adjournment but clarified that the fresh motion for secret trial was served on the defendant last Thursday, hence their counter affidavit prepared over the weekend was served on Monday within the time allowed by law.

The federal government through the Department of State Services (DSS) had in 2015 slammed a 2-count charge of unlawful possession of fire-arms and money laundering against Colonel Dasuki.

Ondo Court Jails 56-Year-Old Man For Forging Land Documents

Ogun Govt. Distributes C Of O To 1,000 BeneficiariesA Chief Magistrate Court in Akure, the capital of Ondo State, has sentenced a 56-year-old man, Ige Oloruntoba, to prison for forging land documents.

The court also ordered that a surveyor, Gbenga Adeyeye, 39 be reminded at Olokuta prison along Oloruntoba who was handed a six-month jail term.

The prosecutor, Mr Martins Olowofeso, had informed the court that Oloruntoba allegedly sold three plots of land located at Kajola Road with fake documents to one, Idowu Fasola Ogundipe.

The three plots of land were sold at the rate of 800,000 Naira each to Fasola on December 5, 2012 at Gaga Street in Akure.

Mr Olowofeso, who is a police official, also alleged that Adeyeye had damaged the property of Fasola at Kajola, Oda Road Akure.

Mr Adeyeye was said to have brought some officers of the Nigerian Army around April, this year, threatened and beaten Fashola to coma while they allegedly damaged the completed buildings at his residence in the same location.

One out of the three plots of land was sold to Adeyeye by Fasola at sum of N1.5 million.

Trouble started between the duo after Mr Adeyeye allegedly cut a portion of land belonging to Fashola.

In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Justice Victoria Bob-Manuel, sentenced the two accused persons to six months jail term at Olokuta Medium Prison, Akure.

The court gave them an option of presentation of surety, who should be under the employ of Ondo State Civil Service, with property located within the state and four years tax clearance as well as amount of 200,000 Naira each.

Mr Adeyeye was able to meet up with an option of fine while Oloruntoba was marched to the Olokuta prison.

Justice Bob-Manuel therefore adjourned the case to February 20 2016 for further hearing.

15 Persons Remanded For Attempted Robbery in Osun

15 Persons Remanded for Attempted Robbery in OsunNo fewer than 15 persons were on Friday remanded in prison by an Osogbo Magistrate Court for alleged attempted robbery.

Handing down his verdict, Magistrate Olusola Aluko ordered the accused persons to be kept behind the bars due to the magnitude of the offense committed.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Joshua Oladosu, told the court that the accused committed the offense on December 6 at about 11:30PM at Ede road, Osun.

Oladosu said that the accused conspired together to rob innocent motorists plying Ede-Osogbo road at night.

He said that the accused persons armed themselves with dangerous weapons such as cutlasses, knives, four clubs with nails, axe, hammer, broken bottles, and charms with attempt to rob motorists.

He said the offense contravened sections 1(1) and 2(1)(a) (b)  of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision)  Act Cap. 11 vol. 14 laws of Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the two-count charges of conspiracy and attempted robbery.

Counsel to the accused persons, Mr Bola Ige and Mrs Bose Adeyinka, applied for the bail of the accused persons, saying they were still presumed innocent until proven contrary by a law court.

The Magistrate, however, refused the bail applications by the defense counsels and ordered the accused persons be remanded in custody at Ile-Ife prison.

He, thereafter, adjourned till January 27, 2017 for mention.

The accused persons include Taiwo Adebisi, 29, Ganiyu Taiwo, 29, Aliyu Shared 35, Ahmed Laws, 22, Gabiyu Sodiq, 18, Olorunkemi Samson, 16, Abdul Kareem Lekan, 16.

Others are Waheed Hammed, 18, Adebayo Abiola, 22, Ahmed Oladosu, 16, Sefiu Kamoru, 19, Adebayo Rilwan, 16 and Ayoola Yusuf, 17, Hassan Toibu, 18 and Adebayo 18.

Alleged Corruption: Farouk Lawan’s Trial Continues

Farouk LawanThe trial of the former Chairman of the House of Representatives adhoc committee on the monitoring of fuel subsidy regime, Mr Farouk Lawan continued in Abuja on Monday.

At the resumed trial, a principal witness testified how he collected 100,000 dollars ‎from Mr Michael Otedola and delivered same to Honourable Lawan.

The witness, who served as the secretary of the committee, informed the court that he was called 19 times by Mr Otedola to pick up the money for Honourable Lawan.

He also disclosed how two oil firms belonging to Mr Otedola allegedly used the same form to claim petroleum subsidy from the Federal Government.

With the request for an adjournment by the defence lawyer to enable him secure some documents with which to cross examine the witness, the trial Judge, Justice Angela Ataluka adjourned the case till April 12 for continuation of trial and cross examination.

The prosecutor and the defence lawyer expressed satisfaction with the trial process.


189 Shiite Members Remanded In Prison

kaduna-ShiiteSome 189 Shiite members, who thought they could be granted bail on Wednesday, had their hopes dashed, as a Kaduna Magistrate Court remanded them in prison.

The members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria were arrested during the December 12, 2015 clash with the army in Zaria.

The bloody clash reportedly claimed hundreds of lives.  Already a 13-man Judicial Commission of Inquiry had been set up by the Kaduna State Government to unravel the circumstances surrounding the cause of the clash.

After the clash, police arrested over 190 suspects whom the police said were arrested for various offences.

At the hearing on Wednesday, the Magistrate Court, however, granted bail to four Shiite minors with the sum of 100,000 Naira each and two reliable sureties who will deposit valid means of identification.

The prosecutor, Bayero Dari, told the court that the Shiite members should be remanded in prison pending the report of arms and ammunition recovered from them Dari further told the court that the weapons had been sent to Lagos for forensic analysis.

He said the test of the analysis was almost completed, explaining that the delay of experts’ report was due to large weapons recovered from the suspects which would be used as evidence when the trial begins.

The prosecutor said: “The large arms and ammunition recovered from the suspects caused the delay of expert report which will be used as evidence against them during trial.

“Our investigations almost completed. Police has already granted administrative bail to women and young offenders. Police handed them over to a credible sureties who will at any time provide them in court. We are for justice and we will not object granting bail to young offenders”.

On his part, lawyer to the Shiites, Useni Ibrahim, who applied for bail application of minors among the suspects, said they would meet the bail conditions and urged the court to begin trial of the suspects.

However, in his ruling, Chief Magistrate Auwal Musa-Aliyu, who granted the bail to the minors said all other suspects should be remanded in prison.

He said: “The young offenders are hereby granted bail with the sum of 100,000 Naira. He must provide two sureties and one must be his blood relations.

“Each surety must deposit two size passports and one of the following; staff identity card, driver’s license, international identity card or voters card.

He adjourned the case till March 29 for mentioning.

Alleged Corruption: Farouk Lawan’s Trial Stalled Again

Farouk-LawanThe trial of the former chairman, House of Representatives ad-hoc Committee for Monitoring of Fuel Subsidy Regime, Honourable Farouk Lawan, has again been stalled following the inability of the prosecution to pay the prescribed fees on a document he seeks to tender before the court.

At the resumed trial in Abuja, the prosecutor, Adegboyega Awomolo, informed the court of the refusal of the National Assembly officials to accept payment for the certified true copy of a document he obtained from them.

Attempts by Mr Awomolo to obtain the permission of the court to pay the prescribed fees to the registry of the court was opposed by the defence lawyer, Sekop Zumka, on the ground that the court was not in custody of the original copy of the said document.

Justice Angela Ataluka, in a short ruling, ordered the prosecution to explore the option of making payment to a recognised revenue collecting agency of the Federal Government.

She subsequently adjourned the case to March 7 and 8 for definite trial.

Honourable Lawan is standing trial for allegedly receiving $500,000 from an oil magnate, Mr Femi Otedola, after making an initial demand of three million dollars.