On January 29, Robert Chasowa, a student leader at the University of Malawi, died while in police custody. Chasowa had been arrested after a student newsletter he was involved with published an article demanding accountability for alleged human rights abuses and corruption by a high level government official. Police authorities alleged that he had committed suicide. The current President Joyce Banda has set up a commission to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.
UPDATE October 10, 2012: In October 2012, the commission of inquiry announced its findings concluding that Chasowa had not committed suicide but had been murdered while in police custody.