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Equatorial Guinean human rights activist, lawyer, wife, detained for criticising President Mbasogo

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An human right activist and government critic in Equatorial Guinea, Anacleto Micha Nlang, has cried out after being detained without trial for 18 days after he was arrested for criticising President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

According to a press release by the rights group Nlang co-founded, ‘Guinea is also ours’, he was arrested on September 25 alongside his wife and lawyer after returning from the offices of the Citizens for Innovation (CI) party.

The group which was banned last year by the government, said its co-founder was accused of criticising the President as well as assisting opposition activists.

The group, however, denied that Nlang had rendered support to opposition figures but rather blamed his arrest on attempts by the government to clamp down on dissenting voices.

Part of the group statement said Nlang had “had only delivered food to families under siege at the offices, among whom were women and children, his wife Montserrat Mikue and lawyer Evaristo Nguema,” at the time security forces stormed the office and arrested them.

But state-run media in the Spanish-speaking African country has justified the crackdown on opposition figures as a bid by the government “to counter a foiled plot to carry out attacks on embassies, petrol stations and the homes of ministers,” it said in a nationwide broadcast.

Equitorial Guinea is one of the most authoritarian countries in the world with President Teodoro Mbasogo being in power for over four decades.

After ruling Equitorial Guinea with an iron fist for 43 years, the 80-year-old President Mbasogo, last week, announced he would be seeking a sixth term in office in the forthcoming presidential elections scheduled for November.

Obiang who is one of the longest ruling presidents in the world, has run a dictatorial regime where little or no opposition is allowed while his son, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, is the vice president.

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66-yr-old South African man sentenced to 18 years for forcefully marrying, raping 13-yr-old girl

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A 66-year-old South African man, Bheki Nxasana, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison by a Gqeberha High Court in the KwaZulu-Natal province, after he was found guilty of forcefully marrying and raping a 13-year-old disabled girl.

The court also sentenced Nxasana’s accomplices, Mxosheni Sibiya and Nomvo Nxasana, who is Nxasana’s sister, on charges relating to “child trafficking and forced marriage of a 13-year-old mildly mentally challenged girl.”

Court documents made available to journalists on Friday, reveals that Nxasana had forcefully married and raped the mentally disabled girl in connivance with Sibiya and Nomvo.

According to the the spokesperson of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Luxolo Tyali, the victim who is an orphan, was married off to Nxasana, in 2016, by one of her relatives.

“Evidence is that the victim was orphaned and lived with a relative in KwaDukuza in KwaZulu-Natal,” Tyali said.

“The relative gave her up to her Sunday school teacher who was friends with Nomvo, the sister of the would-be husband.

“Nomvo took her to her daughter who lived in Mbizana in the Eastern Cape, where Bheki, who worked in Gqeberha, comes from.”

The NPA spokesman said investigations showed that Bheki, with the assistance of Nomvo, initiated “lobola” (customary marriage) negotiations and dowry payments were made in 2016.

“Bheki took the teenager to his house where he allegedly strangled and raped her repeatedly in the name of marriage.”

“The teenager was made to dress in newly married woman’s (makoti) traditional attire and lived at Bheki’s homestead where she worked as a new bride.”

“She managed to escape after the matter was reported to the police in April 2017 and the suspect was arrested.

“During the trial, all the accused claimed that they were not aware of the girl’s age when they entered her into a customary marriage and were not aware that they were acting unlawfully,” Tyali added.

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Former Kenyan policeman, three others sentenced to death for murder of human rights lawyer

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A former Kenyan police officer, Frederick Leliman, alongside three accomplices, were on Friday, sentenced to death by a Nairobi High Court for the murder of a human rights lawyer, his client and a taxi driver.

Leliman and the three others were convicted of carrying out the murders in one of the most popular cases of police brutality and extrajudicial killings in the eastern African country.

The lawyer and activist, Willie Kimani, was representing a motorcycle taxi operator who had sued Leliman for shooting him at a traffic roadblock in 2016 at the time he was murdered.

The bodies of Kimani, the client Josephat Mwendwa and a taxi driver, Joseph Muiruri, were discovered in the Ol-Donyo Sabuk River, in the east of the country, days after they were reported missing.

Evidence produced in court showed that the three victims were abducted by a team led by Leliman after a court session on June 22, 2016, and were briefly locked up and later taken out and murdered in an open field.

While Leliman was given a death sentence, former police officers, Stephen Cheburet and Sylvia Wanjiku, received sentences of 30 and 24 years, respectively, while a police informant, Peter Ngugi, was jailed for 20 years.

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