Appeal court upholds judge’s decision to drop all charges in Zongo case

first_img Burkina FasoAfrica News Burkina FasoAfrica A Ouagadougou appeal court on 16 August upheld an investigating judge’s decision to dismiss all charges in the 1998 murder of journalist Norbert Zongo. A judicial source told AFP that the appeal court refused to consider the Zongo family’s appeal against the ruling, claiming that the “investigating judge did his job well.”The judge’s decision, issued on 19 July, had been criticised by many human rights groups, civil society organisations and opposition parties. Reporters Without Borders will continue to campaign for justice to be done.————————–14.08.2006 – Appeal court urged to overturn judge’s decision to dismiss charges in Zongo murderReporters Without Borders today called on the Ouagadougou appeal court to overturn an investigating judge’s decision to dismiss all charges in the 1998 murder of journalist Norbert Zongo, saying it was manifestly the result of “irresistible political pressure” and “clearly violates the code of criminal procedure.”It was Zongo’s family that brought the appeal against investigating judge Wenceslas Ilboudo’s 19 July decision to dismiss charges against Marcel Kafando “and X” (meaning “other undetermined persons”). It is due to be heard on 16 August.“Saying there are no grounds for proceeding against ‘Marcel Kafando and X’ clearly violates the code of criminal procedure as the proceedings were initiated in a case of murder and it is logically impossible to clear ‘X’ as well as Kafando and thereby close the case,” Reporters Without Borders said.Zongo was an investigative journalist and editor of the weekly L’Indépendant. His charred body was found in his car, along with the bodies of three other people, on 13 December 1998. Kafando was one of three members of the Presidential Security Battalion (BSP) who were later convicted in connection with a murder Zongo had been investigating at the time of his death.“The case cannot be closed simply because eight years later a witness retracts a statement that undermined a suspect’s alibi,” Reporters Without Borders continued. “It is one thing for charges to be dropped against Kafando for lack of evidence. But the judicial authorities must continue to look for ‘X.’ If they do not, it will be clear that the Zongo case was closed for purely political reasons.”The press freedom organisation added: “We call on Judge Ilboudo to admit he yielded to irresistible political pressure that ended up making his work impossible. When a representative of our organisation met him on 14 September 2005 at the Ouagadougou lawcourts, he expressed the personal conviction that Kafando and the BSP were involved in the Zongo murder and said he would do everything in his power to find the evidence. But he also spoke of the difficulties he was having, given the ‘law of silence’ surrounding the BSP.”As a result of this conversation, Reporters Without Borders wrote an open letter to President Blaise Compaoré on 25 October 2005, the opening day of the recent presidential election campaign.The letter said: “Investigating judge Wenceslas Ilboudo has tried to get all the witnesses to finally tell the whole truth. But without success. They fear for their safety if they break the law of silence. So the investigation has ground to a complete halt. Reporters Without Borders therefore asks you to appeal publicly to the witnesses in the Zongo case to speak without fear. This case will not progress if you do not give the witnesses your assurance that you will support them if they talk, and that you undertake to protect them.” Receive email alerts Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso RSF_en News June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Burkina Faso A Ouagadougou appeal court on 16 August upheld an investigating judge’s decision to dismiss all charges in the 1998 murder of journalist Norbert Zongo. A judicial source told AFP that the appeal court refused to consider the Zongo family’s appeal against the ruling, claiming that the “investigating judge did his job well.” May 5, 2021 Find out more French reporter says he has been kidnapped in northeastern Mali Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder News August 17, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Appeal court upholds judge’s decision to drop all charges in Zongo case to go further Organisation News Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Speakers told of Limerick’s potential for further growth and development

first_img TAGSEdwina GoreLaura RyanlimerickNetwork Ireland Limerick Twitter Advertisement At the Network Ireland Limerick event in the Savoy Hotel was Laura Ryan, Head of Marketing & Communications LCCC, Jillian Mahon, SBCI, Sabrina Amodeo, Tuscany with Edwina Gore, Network Limerick President and Gore Communications and Louise Lawlor, Blink DesignLimerick’s ongoing renaissance and the investment plans unveiled for the city in the Limerick 2030 plan are potential catalysts for further economic growth particularly amongst local businesses according to Laura Ryan, Head of Communications / Marketing at Limerick City & County Council.She was speaking at the Network Ireland Limerick February event that examined the opportunities for local business to grow and what funding mechanisms are available for SME’s looking to expand. The event, which was attended by over 60 women in business from the mid-west region, was sponsored by the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI).Explaining why Limerick is making the headlines for all the right reasons and receiving international attention as a city in which to invest, Ms Ryan said, “Limerick now has the highest economic growth in Ireland.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Jillian Mahon, who is Head of Funding & Strategic initiatives for SBCI, then described how the SBCI is ensuring Irish SME’s have access to flexible and affordable funding. Challenging current perceptions around funding, she introduced a new way of financing for small businesses.“We are here to disrupt the marketplace. We want to power SME growth by helping them access the finance to invest in their businesses.  So far 8,619 Irish SME’s have drawn down SBCI loans, we want more and more businesses to ask their banks about how they can access our competitive funding,” commented Ms Mahon.Supporting the SBCI presentation, Sabrina Amodeo of Tuscany Bistro spoke about how her business has benefited from SBCI funding. Starting out with a small bistro in Castletroy, she explained how she seized opportunities as they arose and now has four businesses including Tuscany at the Granary, Amodeo Dressing (a salad dressing food company) and an outdoor catering company. Ms Amodeo praised the SBCI and AIB for making the funding application process so seamless.Edwina Gore, president of Network Ireland Limerick, said “This event was all about changing perceptions and understanding the opportunities that exist for local companies to grow their business.  It was great to hear about the positive change in our region and how small businesses are seizing the opportunities to grow with support mechanisms like those available from the SBCI.”Network Ireland Limerick’s next event takes place on 8 March 2017 and will mark International Women’s Day. Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NewsSpeakers told of Limerick’s potential for further growth and developmentBy Staff Reporter – February 14, 2017 1490 center_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print Previous articleUL repeat Ashbourne supremacy over UCCNext articleLimerick Chamber ‘incentives’ submission on National Women’s Strategy Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more