Thursday, October 2, 2014

Nigerian case keeps getting bigger

The number of accused in the Nigerian Army cowardice and refusal-to-fight (and other offenses) court-martial has grown. It first stood at 16 officers and 72 enlisted members, according to this story. [Ninety-seven according to this one; 25 officers and 92 soldiers according to this one.] It is difficult to see how a trial with this many accused, each of whom would presumably be entitled to separate legal representation, can be conducted en masse and still meet contemporary standards of fairness. One must assume there will be an effort to sever individual cases.

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