5 February 2013

West Africa: Deyda Hydara's Case Scheduled for Today

The case of Deyda Hydara Jr and others vs The Republic of The Gambia will be before the Community Court of Justice of ECOWAS at Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, on Tuesday, 5 February 2013.

A notification emanating from the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, states that the court would on February 4, 5, and 6, 2013 from 11am daily, hold Court Sessions at the Seat of the Court in Abuja.

The applicants in this case are Deyda Hydara, Jr., Ismaila Hydara, and the Africa Regional Office of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ-Africa).The first two applicants are children of the late Deyda Hydara, former publisher and editor of the Banjul-based newspaper The Point, and former president of the Gambian Press Union. IFJ is the world's largest association of journalists. IFJ-Africa, the organization's chapter for the African continent, is a separate legal entity based and registered in Dakar, Senegal. Deyda Hydara was murdered in a drive-by shooting on 16 December 2004, as he drove home from The Point premises. The assailants, driving in an old taxi, shot Mr. Hydara multiple times in his head and stomach. His two colleagues who were riding with him received life-threatening injuries. The Plaintiffs' claim is that the investigation of the NIA is flawed and misleading and no diligent effort has been made to investigate the matter.

Apart from Deyda Hydara's case, another human rights case, Registered Trustees of the Socio-Economic Rights & Accountability Project (SERAP) Vs Republic of The Gambia is scheduled for 6 February 2013. The following human rights violation cases are also scheduled for Hearing:

1. Abdoulaye Balde & 5 Others Vs Republic of Senegal, 4 February

2. Organisation & Forum Inter-Services (OFIS-AFRIQUE) Vs ECOWAS Commission, 6 February

3. Femi Falana Vs ECOWAS Commission, 5 February

4. Vincent Agu & 19 Others Vs Federal Republic of Nigeria & 5 Others, 6 February

5. Modupe Ola DorcasAfolalu Vs Federal Republic of Nigeria, 6 February

6. Stella Ifeoma & 20 Others Vs Federal Republic of Nigeria, 6 February

7. Legal Defence And Assistance Project Ltd Vs Federal Republic of Nigeria

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