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Meet JUDGE OLGA HERRERA-CARBUCCIA who dissented on Gbagbo’s case-See her reasons

Courtroom Mail has obtained the dissenting Judgement in the case of ICC against the Former president of Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo .(the full Judgement is not ready)
Three Judges sat on the case and by a majority,Gbagbo was acquitted.
Judge Olga Herrera-Carbuccia who put down her own dissenting judgement in writing in the oral decision taken today gave reasons why she dissented.

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Just in- Why Gbagbo will not be released until TOMORROW-Fatou Bensouda

The Chief Prosecutor of the international Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda has released a statement following the acquittal of the Former President of Ivory Coast,Laurent Gbagbo by the International Criminal Court and pointed out that theProsecutor has a right of appeal.

She stated also that the former President will not be released until the prosecutors make a submission beforw the court tomorrow.

Her statement obtained by Courtroom Mail states as follows:

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ICC v. Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé-Questions and Answers about the trial

15 January 2019
WHAT DID TRIAL DECIDE?
Today, 15 January 2019, Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) by majority, Judge Herrera Carbuccia
dissenting, decided that there is no need for the defence to submit further evidence and acquitted Mr Laurent Gbagbo and Mr Charles
Blé Goudé from all charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Côte d’Ivoire in 2010 and 2011.

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Nwankwo Kanu raises alarm over alleged illegal takeover of hotel

Former Super Eagles’ captain, Nwankwo Kanu is currently a sad man. Yesterday in Victoria Island, Lagos, the former Arsenal of England striker almost broke down in tears following the realisation that some people are bent on taking over his hotel.
The hotel, Hardley Apartment, is subject of a court case over an alleged unrepaid bank loan.A disillusioned Kanu told journalists that the case between him and Assets Management Company (AMCON) has been on since 2015 at the Federal High Court Ikoyi, Lagos, adding he did not understand why AMCON would start renovating his property when the court has not decided the case.
He disclosed that most of his valued property, including his medals and Olympic torch, has been looted, lamenting, “it is quit unfortunate that a legendary star, who gave his best to the country would be treated like this.
“This hotel serves many purposes. I have been using the money I get here to fund my heart foundation and also create jobs for people. Over 500 children are on the line for surgery and 200 are on the waiting list.
“Since the hotel has not been functioning, I find it difficult to get funds to assist these children. I have to go the extra mile to beg for funds. This is not fair. The government always tells former footballers not to invest overseas after retirement. They tell us to come back home and invest. I came back to invest and see what I am facing.“Is this a good experience for other upcoming footballers? Everybody knows I made my money from football. I deserve to be treated well in my country.
“I am Kanu Nwankwo not a foreigner. Right now I need my medals because they are what I will show my children that I served the country with all my heart when they grow up.” Kanu said the case was last heard in 2018 and then adjourned to January 31, 2019, adding that he was surprised to see that some people have taken possession of the hotel.
“They broke into my hotel without permission from the court. This is injustice to me for a country I gave my best,” he lamented.The Atlanta 1996 gold medallist called on the appropriate authority to wade into the matter, saying he thought the best thing to do was to wait for the court’s verdict based on the law of the land. All efforts to get AMCON’s view on the matter proved abortive as officials seen at the hotel premises said they were not permitted to talk to the media.

Source: The Guardian.

Justice Onnoghen In The Eye Of Buhari’s War On Democracy

We have people like Prof. Wole Soyinka to thank for a ‘born again’ democrat like Buhari as democratically elected president of Nigeria. Wole was the man who said people familiar with the man’s conversion told him that Buhari the Despot had repented and was now a born again democrat. You can re-read Soyinka’s Challenge of Change, Burden of Choice, it’s everywhere on the internet.

Now we have the measure of Buhari’s conversion. But more to the point, we should know to trust an avowed animist agnostic when he employs the tropes of Christianity to describe the conversion of a Muslim fundamentalist. Maybe the joke was on us. We can leave Wole to rue his fallibility every time he looks in the mirror and sees wrinkled change.

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BETWEEN TRUTH AND DUE PROCESS: Nigerian Lawyers Must Rise To Stare Down This Gorgon Of Odoriferous Abuse of Power

(By Godson Ugochukwu)

Let me most respectfully submit that I find all arguments (and their kindred expressions) on whether or not the CJN is above the law or immune from criminal indictments and prosecution totally non sequitur. Since the latest installment of this cancerous administration’s rampaging assault on the judiciary and all that’s sacred, I have read a bit of the effulgent commentaries on the issue. They are, to be sure and justifiably so, very high on emotions. They have also been quite high on law, if not necessarily in equal parts. But I must say that of the myriad of commentaries against, I have not yet happened upon even one suggesting (by a mile and a half) that the CJN is (is or to be treated as) above the law or prosecution. Not one. And I’m not saying that if one were to make it one’s singular obsession and devote all of one’s time and energy, sans any other interests and abdicating all other callings, one might not find at least one such opinion. I’m just saying I haven’t. I have also not met anybody who has. And I can wager why. It’s because it’s never going to be in issue. That the CJN has no prosecutorial immunity is a no brainer. It therefore beggars belief the intellectual energy exerted by some to advance lengthy arguments in emphasis of a point so mute.

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