Legal Headline News 09/05/2016

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Vanguard: The Panama Papers scandal promises to deepen around the world on Monday when a journalists’ group with access to the digital cache of documents is to put many of them online. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) is to release the documents in a searchable database at 1800 GMT on Monday accessible to the public at offshoreleaks.icij.org.

BBC: A white South African judge has sparked a racism row after she purportedly said on social media that rape was part of the culture of black men. Judge Mabel Jansen said the gang-rape of babies, girls and women was seen as a “pleasurable” past-time. A petition has been launched to demand her removal as a judge. She said her comments had been taken out of context.

The Nation: Some Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials have been summoned to the agency’s Abuja headquarters in connection with the alleged N23.29billion bribe the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is probing. The EFCC has quizzed 16 top INEC officials, including 10 directors, over the scandal. Those invited are two Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) and an administrative officer.

Jurist: A UN human rights experts on Saturday said that detainees in Sri Lanka are still experiencing torture as a tactic used by criminal and terrorism investigators seven years after the country’s civil war ended. The comments were made after a nine-day trip to the country where Juan E. Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on torture, conducted interviews with former detainees, and forensic tests were able to confirm the stories.

BBC: UEFA president Michel Platini will resign from European football’s governing body after failing to have a six-year ban from football overturned. A Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) panel reduced the ban to four years today, following the judgement, the 60-year-old said he would be stepping down.

Jurist: An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced six people, including three journalists, to death for allegedly leaking state secrets to Qatar. The three journalists were tried in absentia and will have the ability to appeal the ruling.

BBC:  A Beijing court has ruled in favour of Facebook and against a Chinese company which had registered “face book” as a separate trademark. The court said the firm had “violated moral principles” with “obvious intention to duplicate and copy from another high-profile trademark”. The Zhongshan Pearl River company had registered the name in 2014.

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