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ChatGPT | Niger's highest court lifts immunity of deposed President Mohamed Bazoum, 14 June "mutinous soldiers"
The proceedings before the State Court have been marred by serious irregularities, including violations of Bazoum's rights to present evidence in his defense, to communicate with his legal counsel, and to be heard before an independent court, according to Human Rights Watch, a leading rights group. Bazoum's lawyer, Reed Brody, criticized the ruling as a "mockery" of the rule of law in Niger.

"We never even got to speak to our client," Brody said. "This is a travesty of justice."

Bazoum's lawyers have been unable to communicate with him since last October and have had restricted access to case material, according to HRW [!]. Late last year, the highest court of West African regional bloc ECOWAS ruled that Bazoum and his family were arbitrarily detained and called for him to be restored to office.

Russia formally charges WSJ journalist with spying for CIA, 13 June dual-use Evan Gershkovich
Investigators claimed in a statement that they have evidence proving the US citizen was acting on behalf of the foreign intelligence agency when he tried to collect classified information about Uralvagonzavod, a major Russian producer of tanks and armored vehicles, in Ekaterinburg in March 2023.
ofac.treasury.gov | "Updated Guidance for Foreign Financial Institutions on OFAC Sanctions Authorities Targeting Support to Russia's Military-Industrial Base"
On June 12, 2024, OFAC updated the definition of "Russia's military-industrial base" to include all persons blocked under E.O. 14024 (FAQ 1181 and 1151). The updated definition reflects the Kremlin's increasing use of Russia's entire economy to support its war in Ukraine.
American officials have reportedly contacted other governments about potentially taking custody of prisoners who they believe may be of interest to Russia in a swap for Gershkovich. Brazil, Norway, Germany, and an unnamed former Soviet bloc country have been approached with such requests, according to Western media.

by Cat on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 04:31:37 PM EST
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