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Dismas Nkunda: Why Gaddafi mattered for Africa

The Observer "With the conflicting news coming out of Tripoli that Africa’s strong man was about to fall I could not but worry what we as a continent will miss.

Forget about the kings and queens who must be moaning the loss of free monies from the most magnanimous individual the continent has known for the last 42 years, but rather what we as Africa will lose. Even when you hate Gaddafi with all the trappings of his ego, there was simply no African person who had the same courage as Gaddafi."

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Court frees boy prisoner

The Namibian Newspaper: "THE High Court yesterday ordered the immediate release of a 12-year-old boy who became Namibia's youngest sentenced prison inmate after receiving a six-month jail term for housebreaking and theft at Karasburg in October.

In a review judgement handed down by Judge Elton Hoff, Acting Judge Claus Hinrichsen set aside the boy's conviction and sentence and ordered his immediate release from detention.

Judge Hoff agreed with Acting Judge Hinrichsen's decision, which was based on the principle that a child as young as the boy is presumed not to be criminally liable, especially where he had been involved in a crime while under the influence and instructions of a much older person.
The boy was sentenced to six months' imprisonment on October 19, after he had been convicted in the Karasburg Magistrate's Court on a charge of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft."