Daily Archives: 28/09/2017

UK: Full Leigh Day judgment revealed: Firm’s solicitors not ‘people who put financial advantage above professional duty’

September 27, 2017

But partner Martyn Day not ‘a credible, honest or convincing witness’, one tribunal member says

The full judgment in the Leigh Day disciplinary case, the most expensive hearing of its kind, has been revealed in all its 213-page glory.

The case concerned a range of professional misconduct charges brought by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), and argued in court by barristers from Fountain Court Chambers11 King’s Bench Walk and 39 Essex Chambers. The 19 charges focused on human rights outfit Leigh Day’s alleged failure to adequately verify claims made by Iraqi clients of torture and murder by British troops.

During the spring hearing, social media was awash with venom for respondents Martyn Day (a partner), Sapna Malik (a partner) and Anna Crowther (a junior lawyer).



Turkey: 14 lawyers from People’s Law Office arrested and charged

September 27, 2017


On 20 September 2017, 14 lawyers were charged with “being members of a terrorist organisation” by the Istanbul Criminal Judgeship of Peace. They were detained and taken into police custody on 12 September 2017.

Didem Baydar, Şükriye Erden, Ayşegül Çağatay, Ebru Timtik, Aytaç Ünsal, Zehra Özdemir, Yağmur Ereren, Engin Gökoğlu, Süleyman Gökten, Aycan Çiçek, Naciye Demir, Behiç Aşçı, Barkın Timtik and Özgür Yılmaz are human rights defenders and lawyers belonging to the People’s Law Officein Turkey. They are well known due to their work on high profile cases such as that of 15- year old Berkin Elvan, who died during the Gezi Park protests after being hit on the head by a tear-gas canister fired by a police officer, and  Dilek Doğan, a young woman who was shot and killed by a police officer during an anti-terror raid on her house on 18 October 2015.  They also represent Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça, two educators dismissed from their positions following the failed coup attempt on 15 July 2016.  The detention of the 14 human rights defenders from the People’s Law Office occurred two days before the educators’ trial was due to begin on 14 September 2017.

On 11-12 September 2017, around midnight, Turkish police raided the offices of People’s Law Office in Istanbul and Ankara as well as the lawyers’ houses. The 14 human rights defenders were detained following a warrant issued by the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor’s Office accusing them of “being members of a terrorist organisation”. On 20 September 2017, the human rights defenders were taken to the prosecutor’s office in Istanbul courthouse where their testimonies were taken. Ahmet Mandacı and Ezgi Gökten were then released under judicial control as they had no formal ties to the People’s Law Office, while all others were arrested. The lawyers are accused of having ties to the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party (DHKP-C) which is recognised as a terrorist organisation in Turkey.




9 lawyers in Izmir and 3 lawyers in Isparta were arrested in one week

Egypt: Egyptian opposition figure defiant after conviction

September 26, 2017

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2017 file photo, lawyer and former presidential candidate Khaled Ali, center, celebrates with other lawyers after winning a landmark case against the government, blocking its attempts to hand over control of two strategic Red

An Egyptian opposition figure whose conviction for “offending public morals” could jeopardize his likely presidential run next year says the verdict is payback for winning a lawsuit against the government over its transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Rights lawyer and activist Khaled Ali has declared his interest in running against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in next year’s election, but would be disqualified if his conviction is upheld by a higher court. He said in a Facebook post late Monday that he intended to appeal.

El-Sissi, who as military chief of staff led the overthrow of an elected Islamist president four years ago, is virtually certain to run for re-election next year, although he has yet to formally announce his candidacy. He is heavily favored to win a second, four-year term, amid a widespread crackdown on dissent and a relentless campaign by pro-government media against any potential challenger.

Ali didn’t attend Monday’s hearing, in which he was convicted of making an obscene finger gesture outside a Cairo courthouse in January, where he and other lawyers had won a case against the government, blocking its attempt to hand over control of the two islands to Saudi Arabia under a 2016 agreement. He was ordered to pay 1,000 Egyptian pounds (nearly $60) to remain free on bail.

Ali, who unsuccessfully ran in presidential elections held in 2012, has disputed the government’s contention that Tiran and Sanafir have always been Saudi, but were handed over to Egypt for protection at a time of heightened Arab-Israeli tension in the early 1950s.







Egypt Cracks Down, Again


Egypt/Brazil: Allard Prize for International Integrity awarded today (LIVESTREAM)

September 28, 2017

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Want to see the #AllardPrize ceremony but can’t make it in person? Check it out on Facebook Live today at 6.30pm Vancouver time: https://goo.gl/xDHgZC

Finalists include Brazil’s anti-corruption Lava Jato (Car Wash) Task Force which has successfully prosecuted and found guilty more than 100 businessmen and politicians, including former President Lula, and Egyptian human rights lawyer Azza Solimon.












https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Op%C3%A9ration_Lava_Jato (FRANCAIS)

http://www.gazetadopovo.com.br/politica/republica/combate-a-corrupcao-lava-jato-e-finalista-de-premio-internacional-no-canada-1hhxb76lgk03yg9aij8e49095 (BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE – Supporters of the Brazilian Workers Party (PT) threaten to prevent Lava Jato from receiving the Prize and to protest at the Ceremony in Vancouver.)

http://www.allardprize.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2017_allard_prize_finalists_br_portuguese.pdf (BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE)

https://noticias.uol.com.br/politica/ultimas-noticias/2017/09/28/sob-protestos-lava-jato-pode-ganhar-seu-9-premio-nesta-quinta-no-canada.htm (BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE)

http://politica.estadao.com.br/noticias/geral,estudantes-e-juristas-protestam-para-barrar-premio-a-lava-jato,70002016566 (BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE)

https://www.brasil247.com/pt/247/parana247/319432/Dallagnol-concorre-a-pr%C3%AAmio-e-enfrenta-protestos-no-Canad%C3%A1.htm (BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE)

https://www.em.com.br/app/noticia/politica/2017/09/26/interna_politica,903632/estudantes-e-juristas-protestam-para-barrar-premio-a-lava-jato-no-cana.shtml (BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE)

http://blogs.oglobo.globo.com/merval-pereira/post/no-ultimo-lugar.html (BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE)

http://istoe.com.br/estudantes-e-juristas-protestam-para-barrar-premio-a-lava-jato-no-canada/ (BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE)

http://justificando.cartacapital.com.br/2017/09/25/premiacao-forca-tarefa-da-lava-jato-por-universidade-canadense-gera-polemica/ (BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE)

https://noticias.uol.com.br/politica/ultimas-noticias/2017/09/29/forca-tarefa-da-lava-jato-perde-premio-sobre-praticas-contra-corrupcao.htm (BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE)

http://www.allardprize.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2017_allard_prize_finalists_-_final.pdf (ARABIC)

http://www.allardprize.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2017_allard_prize_finalists_azerbaijani.pdf (AZERBAIJANI)