Daily Archives: 09/08/2017

Turkey: Turkish gov’t instructs prosecutors to ban lawyers under investigation from defending suspects

August 9, 2017

The Turkish Ministry of Justice has instructed high criminal court prosecutors to ban lawyers under investigation from defending suspects and convicts accused of terror offenses and plotting a coup attempt last summer, the Cumhuriyet daily reported on Wednesday.

According to the ministry instructions, lawyers who are being investigated and prosecuted for the same charges can be prohibited from doing their jobs for up to two years, the report said.

The ministry referred to the related articles of Code on Criminal Procedure (CMY) and said it is of great importance for the relevant authorities to take measures against the communication and exchange of instructions within organizations via defendants and to prevent the obfuscation of evidence.

In addition to terror and coup charges, offenses against the security of the state and the constitutional order are also mentioned in the ministry instructions, which said lawyers being investigated and prosecuted for these charges can be initially prohibited from defending their clients for one year. This period can twice be extended by six months and lawyers will not be allowed to visit their clients while they are banned from presenting a defense, the instructions said.


The Turkish Ministry of Justice Ordered The Prohibition of Opposing Lawyers

Lawyer Barkın Timtik Subjected Torture Under Police Custody

Turkey: Turkey jails 2,431 judges, prosecutors, dismisses 4,424 to date: Top Court

August 9, 2017

Turkey jails 2,431 judges, prosecutors, dismisses 4,424 to date: Top Court

The Turkish Constitutional Court rejected on July 26 an appeal by a purge-victim judge, Selçuk Özdemir, against an earlier court ruling for his arrest over alleged coup involvement.

The court members rejected Özdemir’s appeal by a unanimous vote based on the Article 100 of the Turkish Code of Criminal Procedure that says “a ground for arrest may be deemed as existing if the suspect or accused had fled, eluded or if there are specific facts which justify the suspicion that he is going to flee.”

According to the 18th and 19th paragraphs of the ruling, since July 15, 2016, a total of 4,664 judges and prosecutors have been investigated, and 2,431 of those were put in pre-trial detention by Turkish courts over alleged involvement in the attempt and membership in a “terrorist organization.”

1,311 judges and prosecutors were released pending trial after brief detention period. According to the 18th paragraph, as of July 26, six judges were under police custody.



The Dehumanization Process Continues Against State Of Emergency Decree Victims

Vietnam: Vigils mark 600 days of Christian lawyer’s imprisonment without trial

August 8, 2017

Nguyen Van Dai

Activists in London, Dublin and Prague marked the 600th day of the unjust imprisonment of Vietnamese human rights lawyer, Nguyen Van Dai on 7 August with a solidarity action.

600 lines were drawn in chalk on the path leading to the Vietnamese embassy in London, to mark 600 days of Nguyen Van Dai’s detention without trial since December 2015, along with the hashtag #FreeNguyenVanDai. Solidarity actions were also performed by members of Van Lang in Prague and Front Line Defenders in Dublin.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s (CSW’s) East Asia Team Leader Benedict Rogers said: “CSW is deeply concerned that lawyer Nguyen Van Dai has been unjustly detained for over 18 months and that so little is known about his current condition, and how he has been treated in detention. Mr Dai has been a vocal champion for religious freedom and human rights in Vietnam who has dedicated his life to securing justice and freedom for all. Rather than being branded a criminal, the government should recognise the positive role he has played in supporting and defending the most vulnerable in society. We call for his immediate release and urge the Vietnamese government to respect and protect the right to freedom of religion or belief and other human rights in Vietnam.”

Nguyen Van Dai, a Christian, and his colleague, Le Thu Ha, were arrested on 16 December 2015 and were subsequently charged with ‘spreading propaganda against the state’ under Article 88 of the Vietnamese penal code. Since then, the two of them have been held in prison without trial, with limited contact with the outside world.

CSW recently learned that the charges against Dai and Ha have been changed to ‘carrying out activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration’ under Article 79 of the Vietnamese penal code. This carries possible penalties of 12-20 years imprisonment, a life sentence, or capital punishment.








Pakistan: Lawyers hold ‘black day’ against Quetta’s Civil Hospital tragedy

August 9, 2017

Lawyers in Balochistan are observing a “black day” on Tuesday to mourn the Quetta’s Civil Hospital tragedy in which 73 people, including 56 lawyers were killed and over 100 injured, local media reported.

A three-day strike, which started from Monday, has been announced by Balochistan High Court Bar Association to protest the gun and bomb attack on their colleagues.

Balochistan High Court Bar Association (BHCBA) President Shah Muhammad Jatoi said that no proceedings will be held on August 7 and 9.

Supreme Court’s Displeasure

Last month, the Supreme Court heard a suo moto case regarding the tragedy to overview the progress made on the suggestions of the inquiry commission. It expressed its displeasure over slow implementation and appealed to the police, health department and the provincial government in this regard. The court adjourned the case till September 12.


On August 8 2016, terrorists gunned down the then Balochistan Bar Association President Bilal Anwar Kasi. Around 200 people reached the hospital when his body was being shifted to Civil Hospital of Quetta.















One of the lawyers killed in the blast

Cameroon: African Bar Association demands the release of detained lawyer Felix Nkongho Agbor Balla

August 8, 2017

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