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Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Malawi enacted the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act of 2015 (Marriage Act) on Wednesday, a move that Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] welcomed [press release] as "an important step toward preventing child marriage." The act was passed by Parliament in February and approved [BBC report] by President … [read more]

Legal News
24 May 2014
by G. Redd

[JURIST] Malawi President Joyce Banda [BBC profile] announced [press release] Saturday that, due to extreme irregularities in the voting process, she is nullifying the national tripartite results for the presidential, parliamentary and local elections. President Banda cited as her authority Section 88(2) [text, PDF] of the Malawi Constitution, which states … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang [official profile] on Thursday urged [press release] the government of Malawi to improve its human rights conditions and promote accountability in the country. In particular, Kang expressed concern about the overcrowding of prisons and slow process of justice in the … [read more]

Legal News
8 Dec 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] Malawian Justice Minister Ephraim Chiume said Thursday that President Bingu wa Mutharika has ordered the Malawi Law Commission [official websites] to review several controversial laws, including a law banning homosexual acts. Chiume stated that the review was in response to public criticism [Africa Review report]. Commentators suggest that the … [read more]

Legal News
14 Oct 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] urged Malawi on Friday to arrest [press release] Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [case materials; JURIST news archive] during his visit to the country on Saturday and surrender him to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] for prosecution. Al-Bashir is expected to attend a … [read more]

Student Commentary
18 Aug 2011

Megan Crouch, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2013, spent the summer working at the Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre. She writes on the ability of rural villagers to access the justice system in Malawi and argues that new legislation to address this issue might improve the situation, … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jan 2011
by Daniel Richey

Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika [BBC profile] has signed into law a bill permitting the government to ban media outlets that its information ministry declares contrary to public interest. The new law, which amends the 2009 penal code amendment bill, has already drawn heavy criticism from regional media watchdogs, … [read more]

Legal News
14 Sep 2010
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] Former president of Malawi Bakili Muluzi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of corruption and theft in the Malawi High Court [Britannica backgrounder]. Muluzi, who stepped down as president in 2004 following two five-year terms in office, is accused [Nyasa Times report] of 12 … [read more]

Legal News
30 May 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] called Saturday for gay rights reform [UN News Centre report] throughout the international community. Praising Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika [official website] for his Friday decision to pardon a gay couple recently sentenced to 14 years in prison on sodomy charges, Ban stated … [read more]

Legal News
17 May 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] A Malawi court on Saturday barred former president Bakili Muluzi [BBC profile] from participating in the upcoming election. The court held [AP report] that the Malawi Constitution [text] prohibits Muluzi from running for office after serving two consecutive five-year terms beginning in 1994. Article 83 of the Malawi Constitution … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jan 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] Former Malawi President Bakili Muluzi [BBC profile] will likely be tried for corruption after the country's Supreme Court of Appeal Tuesday struck down an injunction that had stalled the investigation into his alleged theft of international aid money. Muluzi contends that the charges are political, as he intends to … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jul 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The Malawi [government website; BBC country profile] state security organization has put under surveillance the three-judge panel determining whether former President Bakili Muluzi [BBC profile] is eligible to run for another term as president, according to a Friday report by the Nyasa Times. The report included a statement from … [read more]

Legal News
27 Feb 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] Malawi Vice President Cassim Chilumpha [official profile] pleaded not guilty to treason and conspiring to murder the president as his trial on the charges began Monday. In May 2006, Chilumpha was placed under house arrest [JURIST report] three weeks after police arrested [JURIST report] him in connection with an … [read more]

Legal News
10 Aug 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika [BBC profile] on Thursday called for the resignation of Ishmael Wadi, Director of Public Prosecutions, who in July dropped [JURIST report] corruption charges against former President Bakili Muluzi [BBC profile] on the eve of Muluzi's trial. Mutharika, who was elected as Muluzi's hand-picked successor … [read more]

Legal News
3 Aug 2006
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] A Malawian court Wednesday sentenced the former principal secretary in the country's Ministry of Education [official website] to two years in jail for "aiding and abetting the theft of public funds," making him the most senior civil servant to be sentenced as the African nation continues a crackdown on … [read more]

Legal News
31 Jul 2006
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] Corruption charges filed [JURIST report] last week against former Malawi President Bakili Muluzi [BBC profile] have been dropped after the head of the country's Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) [official website] was suspended, Malawi's director of public prosecutions said Monday. President Bingu wa Mutharika [BBC profile; BBC profile], Muluzi's hand-picked successor, … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jul 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Former President of Malawi Bakili Muluzi [Wikipedia profile] was released Thursday following a brief arrest, during which he was charged with 42 counts of corruption, fraud and theft, according to Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) [official website] Director Gustave Kaliwo. Kaliwo said the charges arose from allegations that Muluzi directed campaign … [read more]

Legal News
16 May 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Malawi Vice President Cassim Chilumpha [official profile] has been released on bail but placed under house arrest three weeks after police arrested [JURIST report] him in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika [official profile; BBC profile]. After being released Monday, Chilumpha proclaimed his … [read more]

Legal News
30 Apr 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] Malawi [government website] Vice President Cassim Chilumpha has been arrested on treason charges for allegedly plotting to assassinate Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika [BBC profile], Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Henry Phoya said Saturday. Chilumpha was arrested late Friday evening and Phoya said he allegedly asked a prominent businessman … [read more]

Legal News
27 Oct 2005
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court in Malawi [government website; BBC country profile] Wednesday issued a temporary injunction delaying impeachment proceedings by parliament against Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika [BBC profile] until the court has the opportunity to review parliamentary guidelines regarding how to remove the president. Parliament adopted the new impeachment … [read more]

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