Daily Archives: 06/02/2016

Pakistan: Gunmen Threaten Lawyers of Jailed Adventist in Pakistan

February 5, 2016

Defense lawyers for a Seventh-day Adventist believer serving a life sentence under Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws were threatened by gunmen while traveling to an appeals hearing in the High Court of Lahore.

The two lawyers were detained on the road between Kasur and Lahore by armed men who warned of violence if the lawyers persisted in their defense of Sajjad Masih Gill, 31, the ACI Prensa news agency reported.

Masih, an Adventist Church member, was convicted in 2013 of sending text messages defaming the prophet Mohammad, an allegation that he has consistently denied.

He was found guilty despite a trial defined by controversy and irregularities. In the course of the prosecution, Masih’s original accuser retracted his allegations, and the prosecutor failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing. At the time, Masih’s defense lawyer, Javed Sahotra, said that intense pressure by extremists played a decisive role in obtaining a conviction despite the lack of evidence.


India (Kashmir): Attack on lawyers: Bar to take up issue with chief justice

February 5, 2016

Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Thursday announced to take up the issue related to the attack on two lawyers at Bandipora with the chief justice.
Two lawyers, Jan Mohammad Mir and Shafiq Ahmad, were attacked by under-trial prisoners in the court premises of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Bandipora, on Wednesday.
“We strongly condemn the incident,” general secretary of the lawyers’ body, Bashir Sidiq, said in a statement issued after the meeting of association’s executive members here.
“It was decided that the matter will be brought in to the notice of chief justice,” Sidiq said.
The lawyers’ body also expressed solidarity with Jan and Shafiq, and assured them of all possible help.

Attack on lawyers: Bar to take up issue with chief justice