Daily Archives: 04/11/2015

Vietnam: Lawyers representing teenager who died in police custody attacked by goons

November 4, 2015

Photos on the Facebook page of Tran Thu Nam, one of the two lawyers who were attacked by a group of masked men, show his bleeding face after the attack

(Photos on the Facebook page of Tran Thu Nam, one of the two lawyers who were attacked by a group of masked men, show his bleeding face after the attack)

Two lawyers representing the family of a teenager who died in police custody told the media were attacked by a gang in Hanoi Tuesday.
Le Van Luan told Thanh Nien he and his colleague Tran Thu Nam, at around 2 p.m. Tuesday, left the house of Do Thi Mai, the mother of Do Dang Du, 17, who was allegedly beaten to death by a cellmate at a detention center.
They had met the family to discuss the case.
After they got into a car, eight masked men on motorbikes stopped the car and attacked them.
The lawyers tried to flee, but the attackers chased after them and assaulted them.
They suffered facial injuries.

http://www.thanhniennews.com/society/lawyers-representing-teenager-who-died-in-police-custody-attacked-by-goons-53266.html

KYRGYZSTAN: Will government defend judges, lawyers and residents from police?

November 3, 2015

A Jehovah’s Witness mother and daughter in Kyrgyzstan have been freed from house arrest, having been held since March 2013, in what a judge described as “a fabricated case”, Forum 18 News Service has learned. But NSC secret police and ordinary police 10th Department officers repeatedly illegally tried to stop the two women’s lawyers participating in the appeal hearing, and then invaded the judges’ deliberation room when they realised that the women might be set free. Under international law some of the police should not have been at liberty, as they were involved in torturing other Jehovah’s Witnesses. The two women’s defence lawyers have publicly called for the ordinary police and NSC secret police officers who openly attacked lawyers’ and judges’ independence to be investigated on criminal charges, and if guilty punished according to the law. Officials have refused to tell Forum 18 if these and other official attempts to obstruct the rule of law will be subject to investigation and criminal charges.

http://www.forum18.org/archive.php?article_id=2116