Kenya: The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concern about the harassment of lawyer Simon Lilan in Kenya

February 24, 2017

The Law Society of Upper Canada

The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concern about the harassment of lawyer Simon Lilan in Kenya.

It has come to the Law Society’s attention that Kenyan lawyer Simon Lilan received death threats and experienced other forms of harassment as a result of his advocacy on behalf of the late Kenyan politician Mark Too.

According to reports, on the belief that his client Mark Too had been assassinated, Simon Lilan sought and obtained an injunction to halt Mr. Too’s burial until Mr. Too’s body had been examined by independent pathologists. When the injunction was subsequently revoked, Simon Lilan threatened to seek new orders to have the body exhumed. For “[his] stand on the death of Mr. Too”, he reportedly received death threats from “powerful people [who] want to finish [him]”.[1]

The harassment appears to have been so severe and the threat to his safety so tangible that Simon Lilan felt compelled to go into hiding on January 9, 2017. When he came out of hiding on January 20, 2017, he explained that he went into hiding after being followed by two vehicles whose “occupants were not up to any good” and after receiving calls from senior politicians who wanted him to drop the case. The police reportedly did nothing when he turned to them for protection. Relatedly, when his office was burgled on January 17, 2017, the local police stated that their preliminary investigations showed no signs of a break-in. [2]

While in hiding, Simon Lilan sought asylum from foreign embassies and civil rights organizations. His safety and security continue to be at risk.

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147503540&langtype=1033

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147503540&langtype=1036 (FRANCAIS)

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