Society - Crime
  • Murder cases decline in Gauteng province
    18 august 2004 20:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A study conducted by the department of Health in South Africa has shown a 21. Full text...

  • Cash in transit robberies down in South Africa
    11 august 2004 20:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cash in transit robberies, once a major problem for South African police and security companies, dropped by 53 percent between January and May this year compared to the same period last year, according to official figures. Full text...

  • HRW urges ICC to probe all sides in Northern Ugandan conflict
    29 july 2004 18:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In its investigation in Northern Uganda, the International Criminal Court (ICC) should protect witnesses and victims, and look into serious crimes committed by all sides to the conflict in order to ensure justice and promote sustainable peace, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Guinea clamps down on rising crime
    28 july 2004 13:19:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinean security forces have launched a major operation to crack down on criminal activities across the country, security minister Moussa Sampil has revealed. Full text...

  • SA prosecuting authority signs deal with cellphone company
    21 july 2004 16:58:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa (NPA) has signed a pact with a local mobile communications company, Cell C, to supply cellular phones to prosecutors as part of efforts to improve the standard of prosecution service in the country. Full text...

  • Organised crime soars in Mali
    20 july 2004 20:24:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Organised crime is on the rise in Mali, according to the Home Security and Civil Protection ministry, which reported that 12 cases of armed raids, 31 hold-ups and 6 armed robberies resulting in 11 deaths between last January and May. Full text...

  • Crime rate up 4% in Mozambique
    19 july 2004 18:56:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Recorded crimes in Mozambique rose by four percent in 2003, to 40,630, compared with 39,061 cases reported in 2002, according to latest police figures. Full text...

  • Mauritius arrests fake currency dealers
    19 july 2004 16:28:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian police officers last weekend arrested four people they found with 30 counterfeit bank notes of 1,000, 200 and 100 rupees, security sources revealed Monday. Full text...

  • Man beheads girl in Burundi for refusal to marry him
    12 july 2004 22:43:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A man in his 50s killed and decapitated a 20-year old Burundese girl for alleged refusal to become his second wife, the private Radio Isanganiro reported, quoting a police source. Full text...

  • US envoy urges police solidarity against financial crimes
    10 july 2004 14:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- US Ambassador to Senegal Richard Roth has called for greater co-operation among police forces in combating global financial crime. Full text...

  • Senegalese magistrates drill in financial crime investigation
    06 july 2004 21:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A two-week training workshop in investigation techniques on financial crime opened here Monday grouping magistrates of the Dakar region, the American Cultural Centre indicated Tuesday in a statement. Full text...

  • Ugandan police report rise in crime rates
    06 july 2004 14:27:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Armed robberies, rape, and defilement remain the biggest crimes in Uganda despite improved policing in the country, police said here Tuesday in midyear crime report. Full text...

  • Malian woman arrested for throwing baby into latrine
    01 july 2004 09:30:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian gendarmes have reported the arrest of a young woman accused of throwing her newborn baby into a latrine. Full text...

  • Nigeria's crime commission seeks inter-agency collaboration
    28 june 2004 22:44:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Executive Chairman of Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, Monday called for greater inter-agency collaboration for the fight against economic and financial crimes in the country to be successful. Full text...

  • South Africa parliament hears of deaths in police custody
    02 june 2004 14:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A total of 693 people died in police custody or as a result of police action over the past year, South Africa's Parliament heard Wednesday. Full text...

  • Liberian policemen linked to murder of US military official
    01 june 2004 07:43:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Three Liberian police officers have been linked to the murder of John Auffrey, member of a visiting US military mission who was found dead last week in his hotel room in Monrovia, according to police authorities here. Full text...

  • UN, Nigeria to sign agreement on crime prevention
    31 may 2004 18:22:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The United Nations and Nigeria will Tuesday sign a memorandum of understanding on partnership against crime, according to a statement from the UN office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Full text...

  • Anti-drug squad arrests ex-Mauritian police chief
    25 may 2004 14:27:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Police sources here Tuesday disclosed the arrest of former Mauritian police commissioner, Raj Dayal, by the anti-drug squad for alleged "complicity to conceal drugs" in a private home. Full text...

  • Cape Town police nab strip club manager over murder
    21 may 2004 10:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The manager of a popular Cape Town strip club was arrested Friday morning in connection with the murder of a street child outside the club earlier in the week. Full text...

  • Zambian police recover stolen vehicles from Tanzania
    06 may 2004 13:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian Police have impounded about 40 vehicles in a crackdown on a network of car thieves operating within the Southern African Development Community (SADC), press reports affirmed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya boosts fight against crime
    27 april 2004 08:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government has put in place measures to counter the current upsurge in crime and general insecurity in the country, Vice President Moody Awori has said. Full text...

  • Kabila urges court to handle war crimes in congo
    21 april 2004 20:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has asked the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Luis Moreno Ocampo asking him to try human rights violations in his country. Full text...

  • Uganda police chief irked by rising sexual offences
    17 april 2004 17:53:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Cases of rape and defilement continue to soar in Uganda with little progress at prosecution due to a backlog of the cases at the country's high court, a senior police officer said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Mozambican police nab suspects in grisly killing
    30 march 2004 22:36:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican police have detained six suspects in Mecuburi district in the northern province of Nampula, in connection with the grisly killing and mutilation of a 39-year old woman, Marta Paita, local press accounts indicated Tuesday. Full text...

  • SA firm completes study on crime in Mauritius
    24 march 2004 17:50:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A South African firm, SaferAfrica, has completed a study on criminal tendencies in Mauritius, police sources announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Guards thwart arson attempt on Nigerian drug control agency
    20 march 2004 13:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- For the third time in a month, the facility of Nigeria's National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has been attacked by suspected arsonists. Full text...

  • Bandits seize weapons, escape from Douala police custody
    15 march 2004 19:33:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Four bandits escaped from police custody last Sunday night in the Cameroonian commercial city of Douala, taking with them five pistols and a submachine gun, according to police sources here. Full text...

  • Armed robbers raid Lagos firm, kill one
    14 march 2004 11:32:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Armed robbers invaded a company in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos Saturday, killing an artisan and escaping with money and mobile telephone handsets, according to local press reports. Full text...

  • Man lynched after beheading another in Nigeria
    10 march 2004 12:13:00
    Ijebu-Ode- Nigeria (PANA) -- An angry mob lynched a middle-aged man after he allegedly beheaded another man in Nigeria's southwest town of Ijebu-Ode, about an hour's drive from the commercial city of Lagos, police confirmed on Tuesday. Full text...

  • South African govt rests case in Sizzlers massacre trial
    09 march 2004 15:24:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African govt Tuesday rested its case in the Sizzlers massacre trial after the sole survivor of the attack, which left nine men dead last year, took the stand and identified the two suspects as being the assailants. Full text...

  • Zambian police battle crime wave
    05 march 2004 15:00:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Police in Lusaka are confronted by a new kind of crime in which armed robbers hijack and abduct car owners before they dump them in unfamiliar locations after which they speed away in the victim's vehicle, a police spokesperson Chrispine Kapela said Friday. Full text...

  • Police probe death of third Burkinabe female in a month
    26 february 2004 13:10:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Police here have launched a probe into the death of a female student at the University of Ouagadougou Law School who was found dead with a slit throat Tuesday in Saaba, 10 km outside here, the local press reported Thursday. Full text...

  • HRW wants ICC to investigate all sides in Ugandan conflict
    05 february 2004 22:27:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The prospect of an impartial investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) into serious crimes committed in Uganda is a welcome development, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said, noting however, that the probe should be extend to all sides in the country's 17-year-old conflict. Full text...

  • Rights group urges Kabila to address "horrific crimes"
    05 february 2004 22:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on DR Congo President Joseph Kabila, who is currently on an European tour to "prioritise justice for the horrific crimes" committed in his country's five-year war. Full text...

  • Nigeria's EFCC arraigns suspects in huge '419' scam
    05 february 2004 10:19:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is expected to arraign six Nigerians allegedly involved in a $242-million advance fee fraud, generally known as "419", at a federal high court in Abuja, Thursday. Full text...

  • Border criminality worries Equatorial Guineans
    22 january 2004 15:39:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- authorities in Kie-Ntem province in north-east Equatorial Guinea have warned the population along the border with Cameroon to be vigilant following an upsurge of cross-boundary criminality. Full text...

  • Missing Dutch student found dead in South Africa
    20 january 2004 09:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The last December disappearance in South Africa of a 24-year-old Dutch student, Marleen Konings, has ended tragically after a countrywide search resulted in the discovery of her body. Full text...

  • Opposition leader says child murder symptom of violent society
    07 january 2004 13:28:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- African Christian Democratic Party president, the Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, Wednesday sent his condolences to the family of an eight-year-old Cape Town boy who was brutally murdered, allegedly by fellow children, after an argument on his grandmother's farm last week. Full text...

  • Robbers leave 60-year-old farmer naked in DR Congo
    30 december 2003 23:49:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Malonda Kabwita, a respectable 60- year-old farmer who is well-known in DR Congo's Katanga Province, has lived his worst experience after two suspected rubbers stripped him naked on a bush path during broad daylight. Full text...

  • Uganda police note increased crime, violence in IDP camps
    30 december 2003 10:12:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Idleness and drunkenness among adult males has escalated domestic violence and crime inside camps set up in the northern Ugandan district of Pader for internally displaced peoples (IDPs), according to local police sources. Full text...

  • Reunion authorities report decline in crime rate
    29 december 2003 12:19:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Compared to last year, crime eased 9. Full text...

  • Free State records 6 murders, 16 rapes since Xmas
    28 december 2003 15:59:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Six murders and 16 cases of rape were reported since Christmas day in various areas of the southern Free State in South Africa, police sources have confirmed. Full text...

  • Crime rate up 30% in Uganda
    27 december 2003 12:02:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Crime rate has gone up by 30 percent in Uganda with defilement and economic offences on the increase, according to the latest annual report by the police Criminal Investigations Department (CID). Full text...

  • Doctored perfumes help thugs to steal in Kampala
    24 december 2003 13:19:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Police in Uganda have warned of a new style of theft that has hit Kampala, where thugs hawk perfumes doctored with sleep inducing substances, used to drug their unsuspecting victims or buyers. Full text...

  • HRW accuses Burundian military, armed opposition of war crimes
    22 december 2003 17:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Burundian military and armed opposition forces have committed serious war crimes, including civilian killings and rapes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a new report released Monday. Full text...

  • SA province steps up fight against crime kingpins
    09 december 2003 14:21:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Crime bosses in South Africa's Western Cape province will have to try harder to escape the law after the department of community safety stepped up measures to prevent organised crime. Full text...

  • Fraudulent diplomas on upswing in health profession
    08 december 2003 14:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's largest credentials verification company, Kroll Mie (Pty) Limited, has confirmed a noticeable increase in cases of forged and fraudulent degrees and diplomas by people working in the health field. Full text...

  • International human organ traffickers syndicate busted in Durban
    05 december 2003 11:16:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A secret nine-month operation by South African police busted open an international human organ trafficking network, when police made three arrests in Durban. Full text...

  • Academic gunned down in Kinshasa
    14 november 2003 17:33:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Professor Jean-Marie Mboma, a lecturer at the Faculty of Science at the University of Kinshasa, was gunned down by two individuals Tuesday night at his home in the Kinshasa commune of Mont-Ngafula, a police source said on Friday. Full text...

  • Congo police chief goes tough on crimes
    11 november 2003 15:51:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Head of Congo Brazzaville's police Colonel Jean François Ndenguet has promised to intensify the fight against growing robberies and looting especially in the southern parts of the nation's capital. Full text...

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