- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 7, 2002

Defense lawyer fired by U.N. Arusha tribunal

ARUSHA, Tanzania The United Nations tribunal investigating Rwanda's 1994 genocide dismissed a defense lawyer yesterday on grounds of malpractice, the latest in a string of embarrassments at the court.

Registrar Adama Dieng dismissed Scottish lawyer Andrew McCartan, lead counsel for genocide suspect Joseph Nzirorera, citing "financial dishonesty." Belgian Martin Bauwens also was fired as co-counsel for Mr. Nzirorera.

Mr. McCartan denied wrongdoing and said he would appeal. The decision follows investigations into fee splitting, a practice in which a lawyer gives part of his legal fees to a client in return for being kept on as counsel.


U.S., French navies lead Africa training

LAMU, Kenya Military exercises involving thousands of U.S. troops and hundreds of Kenyan soldiers began here yesterday, military sources said. About 3,000 U.S. soldiers aboard three warships and 250 Kenyan troops from naval units will take part in the exercises.

"The intensive ground and air maneuvers are meant to improve the ability of our country's armed forces to work together with that of the U.S.," said Col. John Githinji, head of the Kenyan contingent. Military officials said the ships will be anchored outside the Manda navy base while the exercises are taking place.

The U.S.-Kenya exercises come days before larger maneuvers that will involve 16 African states in nine days of French-led exercises off the coast of Tanzania.


Judge steps aside in Swaziland trial

MBABANE, Swaziland Jailed opposition leader Mario Masuku was expected to apply for bail when his sedition trial resumes next week after being adjourned by the high court yesterday when the presiding judge withdrew from the case.

Mr. Masuku's lawyer, Piet Ebersohn, told the court his client would seek release on bail after Judge Josiah Matsebula unexpectedly recused himself from the case, in which Mr. Masuku is charged with inciting sedition against King Mswati III.

Judge Matsebula withdrew after an appeal lodged in another trial accused him of being older than the 65 years maximum allowed under Swazi law. It is believed Judge Matsebula's term expired at the end of 2001.


Weekly notes

More than half a million supporters of Madagascan opposition leader Marc Ravalomanana converged on the central square of the capital, Antananarivo, again yesterday to press claims that he won a December presidential vote outright. Mr. Ravalomanana is also the capital's mayor. Athanase Seromba, 38, a Roman Catholic priest from Rwanda wanted on genocide charges by the International Criminal Tribunal, flew from Italy to Arusha, Tanzania, yesterday to turn himself in, said the diocese in Tuscany that had sheltered him.


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