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GAF Fleece Soldiers … Gh¢142 Million Involved

Ghanaian Chronicle: "When the Minister of Finance, Mr. Seth Terkper, appended his signature to a document in October last year, authorizing the release GHc142,071, 974.48 as gratuity payments due the over aged soldiers of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) for the  1988 and 1989 year groups, it was great moment of joy for the then retiring soldiers.

But their joy has now been short-lived as the amount approved for them by the Chancellor of the Exchequer has reportedly been slashed down by GAF, for reasons they do not know about. "




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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."