Daily Archives: 20/03/2017

Egypt: Lawyers Syndicate starts full strike in solidarity with Minya lawyers

March 20, 2017


The head of the Lawyers Syndicate, Sameh Ashour, announced a full, open-ended strike in front of criminal courts across the nation, in rejection to the imprisonment of seven lawyers in Minya charged with insulting the judicial system.

Sub syndicates of the Lawyers Syndicate located across Egypt’s governorates are called upon to join the strike.

On 12 March, the Minya Criminal Court handed five-year prison sentences to seven lawyers and ordered the retrial of two others.

Aside from the syndicate’s decision, a number of independent lawyers have already started an open-ended strike in front of all criminal courts present in their governorate.

The syndicate’s decision is obligatory for all lawyers, as Ashour ordered the formation of an operations room to follow up on the strike and monitor all lawyers who would violate the decision. This operation room will be in the general syndicate headquarters in Cairo.

Lawyers who are not committing to the decision of going on strike will be referred to disciplinary investigations and suspended from performing their work. The strike includes rallying in front of criminal courts, avoiding entering courtrooms or courts’ deliberations room, as well as not contacting judges or court officials.


Nigeria: Lawyer sustains spinal cord injury after soldiers’ assault (photo)

March 20, 2017

Lawyer sustains spinal cord injury after soldiers’ assault (photo)

In Delta state, 5 soldiers attached to the 222 Battalion, Agarha-Otor, Ughelli-North local government area, have reportedly beaten a legal practitioner, Mr Sunny Ekwe to coma and leaving his spinal cord broken.

Punch reports that, this incident was said to have taken place on Saturday, March 11, at about 7pm. The man had gone to visit a relative at Okpara waterside in Ethiope local government area of the state when he was attacked by the soldiers.

It was gathered that the soldiers dumped the lawyer in a gutter, where they ostensible left him to bleed to death. However, a source present at the scene narrated that trouble started when one of the soldiers approached and ordered Ekwe to follow him into a dark place where four other soldiers were waiting.

PAY ATTENTION: Get all the latest gossips on NAIJ Gossip App

The lawyer, sensing danger, refused to follow the soldier but unfortunately, his refusal to follow the soldier drew the attention of the four other soldiers, who emerged from the dark and joined their colleague to beat Ekwe.

Ekwe’s close friend, Mr Omes Ogedengbe, who confirmed the incident on Sunday, said the victim also sustain injures in his head and was lying critically ill at undisclosed hospital. Ogedengbe, a lawyer and the National Coordinator, Conference for the Actualisation of Human Rights, called on the Nigerian Army to ensure that justice was served in the case.






Burma: U Ko Ni’s assassination case in court on Friday

March 20, 2017

Kyi Lin, the alleged gunman, being brought to the Yangon Northern District Court for registration last Friday. Aung Khant / The Myanmar Times

The high-profile killing of National League for Democracy (NLD) legal advisor U Ko Ni will be heard on March 24 at the Yangon Northern District Court.

Kyi Lin, the alleged gunman, and suspects connected to the assassination — Aung Win Zaw, Zayar Phyo and the recently arrested Aung Win Tun — will face questioning by tribunal judges while observed by reporters.

The judges hearing the case are the Deputy Judge from the Northern District Court, the Associate Judge from the Eastern District Court and a judge from the Western District Court.

The four men involved in the murder were brought to court last Friday for registration.

They were charged with murder under Article 302 of the Penal Code, committing a crime as a group with a common intention (Article 34), and harbouring an offender (Article 212).

Kyi Lin, who shot U Ko Ni, and Aung Win Zaw were also charged under Articles 19(d) and 19(f) of the Arms Act for transporting and possessing arms.