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Kenya: Veteran journalist hospitalised

Posted by African Press International on July 18, 2013

Kisumu City based veteran journalist Leo Odera Omollo has been hospitalised. Odera now aged 76 was hospitalised a fortnight ago at Milimani hospital Kisumu ailing from multiple ailments like mild stroke, hypertension, brain tumour, and diabetes. The mercurial scribe known for his prolific political analysis is a freelance and subscribes to both local and International media outlets.

He has locally worked for the Nation media Group,the then East African Standard,defunct Kenya Times and the Weekly Citizen. In the foreign outlets he is affiliated to the Guardian Newspaper of London, the New York Times (USA), among other online media. Odera has also written for this Online media outlet (API). During his hey days he was closely associated with the late Thomas Joseph Mboya, The doyen of Kenyas opposition politics the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, former President Daniel Arap Moi, Kanu mandarins the late Dr Taita Arap Towett and Ezekiel Barngatuny.

Odera hails from Uriri constituency Migori County. During a visit by the press early this week Odera was looking frail though stable and could recognise some of his colleagues. “Mzee has now made a bit of progress comparatively”, said his wife who was glued besides him in his hospital bed.

 

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Norwegian Woman (24) reported rape in Dubai and for that she gets Sentenced to 16 months in prison instead of the rapist.

Posted by African Press International on July 18, 2013

The Norwegian newspaper VG writes that Marte Deborah Dalelv aged 24 has been sentenced to prison in Dubai to serve 16 months in jail simply for being raped by a Dubaian. She was expected to be silent with the truth. Instead of taking her seriously, the authorities in Dubai accuse her of having voluntary sex and drinking alcohol.

Marthe‘s appeal “is scheduled for the 5th of September, and until then she is stuck in Dubai with the status “wanted”. This means she will be arrested if she gets in touch with the police again. VG reports

When she was arrested, she has told the media that the police took her passport and money. Now she is waiting for her appeal while being housed in the Norwegian seamen church in the country.

The Norwegian priest Gisle Meling, the minister to seamen at the Norwegain seamen’s church in Dubai characterizes the Norwegian woman’s situation as terrible, according to VG report.

– The legal system here has obviously taken the information she has given them and concluded she is guilty of something else, Meling says.

According to VG News “The minister of foreign affairs in Norway, Espen Barth Eide said Thursday that the conviction of the 24-year-old woman is against the Norwegian belief in justice: adding that – – The conviction in Dubai against a Norwegian woman who reported a rape is against our belief in justice.

VG reports that the minister is engaged in the issue – We are giving her support in the process towards the appeal, he writes on his Twitter account.

The minister says the ministry is happy that the ruling by the court on the conviction is not final, as one awaits to see what the appeal court will say.

Here below is VG’s full story:

http://www.vg.no/nyheter/utenriks/midtosten/artikkel.php?artid=10112042

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ICC Appeals Chamber rejects the Libyan authorities’ request to suspend the surrender of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi to the Court

Posted by African Press International on July 18, 2013

Today, 18 July 2013, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) rejected the Libyan authorities’ request to suspend the surrender of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and recalled that Libya is currently obliged to surrender Mr Gaddafi to the Court.

The Libyan authorities had filed, on 7 June 2013, a request for suspensive effect pending the outcome of its appeal against the Pre-Trial Chamber’s decision rejecting the Libyan admissibility challenge regarding the case against the suspect. The Appeals Chamber was not convinced by the reasons provided as to why the surrender of Mr Gaddafi to the Court would create, for the Libyan authorities, an irreversible situation or one that would be very difficult to correct.

The situation in Libya was referred to the ICC Prosecutor by the United Nations Security Council, through the unanimous adoption of Resolution 1970 on 26 February 2011. On 27 June 2011, Pre-Trial Chamber I issued warrants of arrest for Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah Al-Senussi for crimes against humanity (murder and persecution) allegedly committed across Libya from 15 February 2011 until at least 28 February 2011, through the State apparatus and Security Forces. On 22 November 2011, Pre-Trial Chamber I formally terminated the case against Muammar Gaddafi due to his death.

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