August 21, 2017
Police on Monday fired tear gas and water cannon on protesting lawyers who had gathered at the Lahore High Court (LHC) where contempt of court proceedings were underway against the president of the Lahore High Court Bar Association’s (LHCBA) Multan chapter. Their attempt to storm the CJ block was thwarted as anti-riot police used tear gas and water cannon to force them out of the court premises.
Earlier, the bench issued warrants for the arrest of Qureshi and directed the police to arrest and produce him before it. Later, the five-member larger bench was constituted to proceed against the delinquent advocates under the law of contempt and High Court Rules and Orders for suspension and/or removal of their practice of the LHC. They said the move not only tarnished the image of the legal fraternity but also endangered the system of dispensation of justice, creating and enhancing the void between the bench and the bar. He articulated that no compromise will be made on the sactity of the court.
The lawyers then continued their protest at the Mall Road, which was subsequently blocked for traffic.
However, lawyers based in Multan said Qureshi would himself appear before the LHC chief justice if warrants of his arrest are withdrawn. Mall Road around the Lahore High Court looks like a battleground with lawyers pelting stones at the policemen, and the policemen using water cannons to disperse the crowd.
August 22, 2017
Turkey’s Supreme Court member Mustafa Erdoğan, who was detained at a hospital room, lost his life on Tuesday morning after being released in critical care, Samanyolu Haber reported.
The medical reports showing the criticality of his situation were ignored and the appeals for his release were rejected. His daughter Buket Erdoğan had earlier said: “My father is fighting for his life in a cell. He is getting infected in the prison.”
Erdoğan was put to sleep nine days ago since he lost his consciousness and was released later on.
The reason for Erdoğan’s arrest is not known since no indictment was written.
Erdoğan is only one of thousands of judges and prosecutors who were imprisoned without any evidence following a controversial coup attempt last summer.
The Turkish government has arrested a total of 2,431 judges and prosecutors and dismissed 4,424 others since a botched coup attempt on July 15, 2016, a recent Constitutional Court general assembly ruling revealed.
August 21, 2017
A prominent Kenyan human rights activist and lawyer whose own organization was de-listed by Kenyan authorities last week says he was detained Sunday morning at a Nairobi airport and surprised by demands that he prove he was cleared to travel.
Maina Kiai, board member of the Kenya Human Rights Commission NGO, planned a trip to Amsterdam from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The former United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights was held up in what officials say was a “routine procedure,” but Kiai, a private citizen, was taken aback by security demands for his departure.
“I think we are back to the dark era when officials would do anything because of your perceived political affiliation,” Kiai said in an interview with the Standard. “We have to resist this.”
The Kenya Human Rights Commission has denied allegations of tax evasion leveled against the NGO in the immediate wake of the August 8 elections, which saw President Uhuru Kenyatta win another term against primary challenger Raila Odinga of the Nasa political opposition coalition. Odinga plans to challenge the results.