Help by sharing this information April 10, 2017 Prosecutor requests death penalty for RFI reporter in Cameroon to go further Ahmed Abba ©AFP RSF_en May 19, 2021 Find out more April 23, 2021 Find out more Yesterday’s hearing was the 16th in Ahmed Abba’s trial on charges of failing to report acts of terrorism to the authorities, condoning terrorism, and concealing information in connection with his coverage of attacks by the terrorist group Boko Haram. A reporter for RFI’s Hausa-language service, he has been held ever since his arrest 20 months ago. After a summing-up that lasted only ten minutes, the prosecutor shocked the courtroom by asking for the death penalty without first demonstrating Abba’s guilt on any of the charges. The prosecutor said he had kept the summing-up short because he felt ill. The case was adjourned until 20 April. “The contrast between the summing-up’s superficiality and the gravity of the sentence sought is staggering,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The prosecutor’s haste to request a sentence without being able to prove Ahmed Abba’s guilt shows that he has no case, as we have said all along. We ask the court to take a just decision based on the tangible evidence demonstrating Abba’s innocence.” In a summing-up for the defence that lasted nearly three hours, Abba’s lawyers demonstrated not only the lack of a case against their client but also the prosecution’s failure to respect judicial procedure and Cameroon’s laws. Taking turns to address the court, the defence lawyers said the prosecution had failed to produce any convincing material evidence to support the allegations against Abba, had failed to demonstrate any intent to commit the alleged crimes and had furthermore presented its sentence request at the wrong point in the trial. They also argued that the charge of failing to report acts of terrorism to the authorities violated article 50 of Cameroon’s 1990 media law, which protects the confidentiality of journalists’ sources. They ended their summing-up by asking the court to acquit Abba on all charges. Following his arrest in July 2015, Abba had to wait several months before being taken before a judge and has remained in detention even since the judicial proceedings began in November 2015. His trial quickly acquired political overtones because of the gravity of the charges and the prosecution’s failure to produce evidence. Representatives of several European embassies have attended hearings in a show of support for Abba. One of the original charges, “complicity in terrorism,” was dropped by the prosecution on 3 March. RFI’s management has issued a statement saying it expects that 20 April, the day the verdict is due to be delivered, “will be the day that Ahmed Abba’s innocence is recognized and will be the last day of his ordeal, because 628 days in detention is definitely too many for an innocent man.” Cameroon is ranked 126th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News Organisation News CameroonAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the acquittal of Radio France Internationale reporter Ahmed Abba, who is being tried before a military court in Yaoundé. The organisation also condemns yesterday’s hasty summing-up by the prosecution, which ended with a sudden request for the death penalty. News Follow the news on Cameroon May 31, 2021 Find out more Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court CameroonAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression Receive email alerts Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system News Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case
“At the end, we will follow whatever has been decided by the Youth and Sports Ministry. We are ready for any date,” he told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.This has been the second postponement of the ASEAN Para Games as the organizers had previously announced that the Games, which were supposed to be organized in January, would be delayed until March for technical reasons.Senny said he had not received input from the ministry. “We hope the ministry will make a decision this week.” Indonesia’s National Paralympics Committee (NPC) chief, Senny Marbun, is confident the nation’s athletes will be up and ready to attend the ASEAN Para Games when it is rescheduled, following its postponement due to the coronavirus outbreak. The statement was made following organizers’ proposal of rescheduling the event to May 17 or 26, as reported by Kompas. However, the first proposed date of May 17 will be during Ramadan. This has sparked concern as around 80 percent of the athletes are Muslims. Senny acknowledged that the May 26 option would be preferable. Paracyclist Fadli Immamudin said his sole focus right now was training.“As an athlete, my sole focus right now is continuing my training. I’ll be ready to follow the government’s decision about this matter,” he said.Fadli said that since the last postponement, the Tokyo Paralympics had been his focus. “I’m now trying to attend several international events to get my ticket to the Paralympics,” he added.The Indonesian contingent comprises 300 athletes, with 38 seeking qualification for the Tokyo Paralympics in August until September.Paracycling coach Fadilah Umar acknowledged that the postponement was unfortunate and might affect the morale of athletes. However, he went on to say that the postponement had benefited the small group of athletes that aimed to qualify for the Tokyo Paralympics as it gave them time to focus on training.“The government needs to find a solution for this,” he said.The Youth and Sports Ministry had earmarked Rp 80 billion (U$ 5,8 million) for training camps for the ASEAN Para Games and the Tokyo Paralympics. Given the latest updates, the ministry has decided to continue the training camp for the ASEAN Para Games.”We must cut some activities to ensure the quality of our training,” Youth and Sports Ministry secretary Gatot S. Dewo Broto said.Gatot vowed that the usage of the additional budget for the ASEAN Para Games preparations won’t disrupt the Tokyo Paralympics budget plan.Senny Marbun said earlier that the whole national training camp activities would spent around Rp 10 billion per month.”Before this, we have asked all athletes to remain in Surakarta to continue the training.”The national training camp has been started since April last year and all athletes are prohibited to leave the training ground during the program.The Indonesian contingent is on a mission to retain the overall champion title it attained at the Kuala Lumpur 2017 ASEAN Para Games with 126 gold medals, exceeding its initial 106 target, 75 silver and 50 bronze. Indonesia overpowered host country Malaysia, which earned 90 gold medals, 85 silver and 50 bronze. Thailand finished third with 68 golds. Topics :
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Prospective buyers started lining up. She got an offer of $1.65 billion from David Geffen, and she said an Egyptian princess was entering the bidding war.Ballmer called her at 7 a.m. on a Saturday.“He was really enthusiastic,” she recalled. “He said I want to come see you immediately.”She put him off until the next day and quickly called a girlfriend to find out who he was.“He was a like a little child. He was so excited, so happy,” she said of their meeting. “We sort of connected. I felt he would be good for the team.” She said he asked her how much others had offered and then bid $1.9 billion. Though that was far more than most believed the team was worth, Shelly Sterling wasn’t satisfied.“I told him, ‘You won’t have to build an arena or a practice field.’ So he was getting a bargain. And I told him, ‘We have great players, a great coach, and you’ll never have the chance to buy a team in Los Angeles again.”After her speech, she recalled, “He said, ‘OK, I’ll give you 2.’ He really, really wanted the team.”She said she extracted a promise that he would never move the team to Seattle, his hometown. The deal closed after a bitter probate fight with her husband.Ballmer gave Shelly Sterling the title “owner emeritus” and said she would have floor tickets for all games.In a wide-ranging interview just days before her 80th birthday, the elegant, blond wife of the beleaguered real-estate mogul exuded the energy and enthusiasm of a much younger woman. For a half-century she had worked in Donald’s shadow, renovating and decorating their properties while he built their business empire.“I never liked the spotlight. I didn’t like to get up and speak,” she said. “But you don’t know your potential until you’re thrown into something.”She was thrown into the center of a publicity maelstrom with the release of explosive audiotapes of her husband denouncing his young girlfriend for bringing black men, including former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson, to Clippers games.She declined to discuss details of her legal battle with V. Stiviano, the woman who released the tapes.“I think it was very unfortunate that she would have done what she did,” Sterling said, adding, “She ruined our lives for our whole family.”Once Ballmer’s offer was accepted the drama moved to probate court. Sterling had removed her husband from the family trust, saying he was suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Doctors testified, but he insisted he was in full control of his faculties. When she tried to approach him in court, he growled, “Get away from me, you pig.”It was a painful moment in a 59-year marriage, and she said he has since apologized. She blames his illness.The marriage has had rough patches, she said, and they have been estranged since the death of their diabetic son from a drug overdose last year.She remembered their high school romance, when “he crashed my 16th birthday party,” and the years they spent building a real-estate empire with 160 apartment buildings in Los Angeles.Asked if she knew her husband was unfaithful to her over the years, she said, “I can’t say if I was blind to it or I didn’t know to ask. I was raising my three kids, and I was very involved in taking care of the buildings … There were always excuses that he was working with one girl or another. Maybe I didn’t want to realize it.”She considered divorcing Donald but was told by lawyers it was of no benefit.“What’s the point at our age?” she said. “I still feel sorry for him. I think he’s going to make it right, and he’ll be OK.”These days, “We’re on better terms,” she said. “We try not to talk about the case. We have a business together so we have to talk.”Asked about Donald’s mental condition, she said, “He’s been a little better, a little sweeter and softer. Losing the team he loved was very hard on him. But I’ll always feel it’s our team.” When Shelly Sterling was approached by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about buying the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced team owner Donald Sterling did not know who he was. But in short order, she persuaded him the team was worth an unprecedented $2 billion.In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Shelly Sterling offered details about how she negotiated one of the richest deals in sports after her husband’s racist comments to a girlfriend became public and prompted the NBA to ban him for life and decree he give up the team. At that point, Shelly Sterling stepped in.“I was given the task, and I did it,” she said Thursday. “I just did what I had to do.”She signed up well-known litigator Pierce O’Donnell. He asked how much she wanted for the team, and she handed him a piece of paper on which was written, “$1.5 to $2 (billion),” shocking figures for a franchise that until recently was a perpetual loser.