Daily Archives: 25/11/2017

India: Men who shot Mohali lawyer jailed, but family’s life has a gaping hole

November 24, 2017

Amarpreet was shot dead by group of men in 2013.

Loss of a loved one is difficult anyway, but losing your life partner to a brutal shooting just when you have entered a new phase in life brings its own kind of heartache. Surinder Kaur, wife of the advocate Amarpreet Singh who was shot dead by nine men in 2013, was a practising lawyer with him at the district courts in Chandigarh and Mohali. Married in 2009, they would get ready and leave for the courts together on most days.

Four years after his murder, for which the nine men got life imprisonment on Wednesday, her vow to have justice prevail has been realised. Amarpreet, 32, was murdered by the men staying as paying guests in the Phase-3A neighbourhood after repeated fights related to parking of cars. The couple’s only son, Gursifatjeet Singh, 8, often asks about his father, but no one in the family gives him a clear answer.

“From the day Amarpreet died, she and the rest of the family took a vow that the culprits will have to pay for it,” said Amarpreet’s uncle Manjit Singh Sethi, deputy mayor of Mohali. While she was not in a state to talk, Sethi recalled, “Surinder had gone numb after receiving the news of the murder, and eventually broke down in the hospital.” She now works as a clerk in the Punjab and Haryana high court.

Sethi also talked about his own bond with Amarpreet, who was a son of his brother Amarjeet Singh. “Something that stood out in my relation with Amarpreet was that, as he was growing up, we became best of friends. We would discuss even personal problems. Every evening, we would sit over a cup of tea and end up discussing life in general and various issues pertaining to our area. I miss his advice.”

While the father, who retired as a private secretary in the Punjab secretariat, was not in a state to talk on Thursday, he had reacted to the verdict on Wednesday: “Nothing can compensate for the loss of my son’s presence in our life. It is a vacuum.”

Amarpreet did his law degree from Panjab University, Chandigarh, in 2006 and, after making a name for himself in the district courts, was planning to start practice at the HC.

About Amarpreet’s son, Sethi added, “We haven’t told him much about the incident. He says his father is with waheguru-ji. He wants to be a judge.”




Punjab & Haryana HC advocate murder case: All nine convicts sentenced for life

http://www.amarujala.com/punjab/mohali/crime/advocate-murder-case-advocate-amarpreet-singh-sethi-murder-distt-court-fortis-hospital (PUNJABI)

http://www.amarujala.com/chandigarh/life-imprisonment-to-advocate-amarpreet-singh-sethi-murder-case (PUNJABI)

Turkey: Day of reckoning for top judges in FETÖ’s sham trials

November 25, 2017

Years after they paved the way for the imprisonment of hundreds of people on trumped-up charges and forged evidence, some 200 judges from a chamber of Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals will be in the dock themselves on Monday.

The adjudicators are charged with aiding sham trials, which were orchestrated by infiltrators of the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) in the judiciary. FETÖ, which is accused of masterminding three coup attempts between 2013 and 2016, planted its members everywhere, from law enforcement to the judiciary, bureaucracy and military according to prosecutors.

Using its clout in the judiciary, the terrorist group plotted to imprison its critics, according to investigators.

The accused judges had issued final verdicts in the Ergenekon, Balyoz (Sledgehammer) and other trials that later turned out to be sham trials. Ekrem Ertuğrul, former head of the chamber, is among the defendants in weeklong hearings.

The case involves former senior judges from the Ninth Chamber of the highest legal authority, the Supreme Court of Appeals or Yargıtay as it is called in Turkish.


Extremist Mindset of the Turkish Judiciary’s Top Bureaucrat