A meme posted on Facebook on 12 September 2019 claims judges from Botswana declared the recent suspension of the UK parliament to be unlawful.
It shows what appears to be four judges sitting in court. The text reads: “Breaking News: These judges in Botswana have declared Boris Johnson prorogue UNLAWFUL.”
But was the suspension ruled unlawful by “judges in Botswana”, as the Facebook meme claims? We checked.
Judges from Kenya, not Botswana
The photo appears on Kenya’s Daily Nation news website.
Matter for British courts
Judges don’t usually rule on issues in other countries. Courts in Botswana – or Kenya – do not, generally speaking, have jurisdiction over matters in the UK, including the country’s exit from the European Union. The matter was recently addressed by the British supreme court.
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