Nigeria: ECOWAS Court of Justice to hear cases involving Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice will on 12 June 2015 hear a case in which the Nigerian government is accused of being ‘negligent’ and in violation of human rights for not clearing landmines and explosives from the country’s civil war.

The case is among 32 others to be handled by the Court between May and July this year, according to records released Wednesday by the registry department of the Court.

The cases, mostly judgments, rulings and oral hearings, are mainly for human rights violations in Member States.

In one of the cases concerning Vincent Agu and 19 others, and the Federal Republic of Nigeria and 5 others, the plaintiffs are asking the court to hold the Nigerian government and five others ‘negligent’ and in violation of their human rights for not clearing, removing and destroying landmines and explosives from the country’s civil war.

The plaintiffs are alleging that the negligence and the explosion of these remnants of the war
resulted in the maiming and injury of the civilian population living in the various communities, and continues to pose threats to their physical and mental well-being.

In another case involving Farouk Choukeir and another against the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire, Choukeir is claiming seven billion CFA francs in damages on behalf of their company, SITEX from the government  for denying them their right to fair hearing and violating their economic rights due to the malfunction of the country’s judicial public service.

The court will deliver its judgment on this case on the 30 June 2015, according to the records made available to PANA.

In another case concerning Hans Capehart Williams (Senior) and another against the
Republic of Liberia and 4 others, Mr. Williams (Snr) and another are asking the court to award them US$ 500,000 in ‘compensatory damages’against the government of Liberia and four others for the alleged violation of their right to life and fair hearing.

In this case for which judgement will be delivered on 7 July 2015, the plaintiffs allege that their conviction and sentencing to hanging as a result of a negligent autopsy report by one of the
defendants, violated their right to life, freedom of movement and fair hearing.

The plaintiffs are urging the Court to rule that the exercise violated Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

All cases will be heard by panels of three or five judges drawn from the seven members of the court’s college of judges comprising Hon. Justice Maria Do Céu Silva Monteiro (President), Hon. Justice Chijioke Friday Nwoke (Vice President), and Hon. Justice Jérôme Traoré (Dean).

Other Members of the Court are Hon. Justice Micah Wilkins Wright, Hon. Justice Yaya Boiro, Hon. Justice Hameye Foune Mahalmadane, and Hon. Justice Alioune Sall.

The Community Court of Justice is the principal legal organ of the ECOWAS region with a mandate that includes the interpretation of Community texts and cases involving the violation of the human rights of community citizens.
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03 juin 2015 19:09:44

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