Daily Archives: 16/12/2017

South Sudan: Immediately Reveal Whereabouts and Guarantee Safety of Lawyer Dong Samuel Luak | Letter

December 12, 2017

Dong Samuel Luak, a prominent South Sudanese lawyer and human rights activist was arrested by Kenya authorities on January 23, 2017. He has fled from South Sudan to Kenya in August 2013 after receiving death threats for his work as a lawyer and was a registered refugee with the UN Human Rights Commission for Refugees. An investigation into his whereabouts ordered by the Kenyan High Court on 27 January 2017 confirmed that Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri, a member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Operation were in prison in Juba South Sudan had been forcibly returned to South Sudan in violation of the Convention against Torture and non-refoulement principles.

 Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is a committee of lawyers, students and academics who campaign internationally for advocacy rights, advocates in danger, and on rule of law issues. We also engage in legal research and education about international human rights law.  I am a lawyer and a partner of a law firm in Canada, Cohen Highley LLP, and I am writing to you to ask that you intervene with respect to proceedings involving the above named individual.

On June 1, 2017 we wrote to you about Dong Samuel Luak who went missing in January of 2017.  After being forcibly removed from Nairobi and detained at the NSS headquarters prison facility in Juba, South Sudan, he was transferred and his whereabouts and fate are still unknown.

In our previous correspondence, we urged the authorities of South Sudan and Kenya to do the following:

https://www.lrwc.org/sudan-immediately-reveal-whereabouts-and-ensure-safety-of-lawyer-dong-samuel-luak-letter/

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/01/south-sudan-a-year-on-two-mens-whereabouts-unknown/

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article64215

http://www.gurtong.net/ECM/Editorial/tabid/124/ctl/ArticleView/mid/519/articleId/21128/Isaiah-Abrahams-5th-Anniversary.aspx

https://suddinstitute.org/who-we-are/team/member/15

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/01/23/south-sudan-year-two-mens-whereabouts-unknown

https://www.voaafrique.com/a/un-opposant-sud-soudanais-risque-d-etre-expluse-du-kenya/3691378.html (FRANCAIS)

Canada: Career criminal admits to shooting Toronto defence lawyer outside his office

December 15, 2017

A career criminal admits shooting veteran defence lawyer Randall Barrs outside his downtown office in broad daylight but claims he never intended to kill him.

Grayson Delong — who was initially faced attempted murder before his charge was lowered to aggravated assault after a preliminary hearing — pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and three related firearms charges stemming from the Sept. 20, 2016, shooting.

The 52-year-old, who was under three firearms prohibitions at the time, disguised himself by wearing a construction worker outfit with a yellow safety vest, helmet and a wig when he ambushed Barrs, then 66, on his office driveway at 23 Bedford Rd., said Crown attorney David Boulet in reading an agreed statement of facts to Justice John McMahon.

Delong, who was on a $500 recognizance bail for breaking-and-entering, was under surveillance by Halton Regional Police officers who followed him into the Toronto annex area, court heard.

Career criminal admits to shooting Toronto defence lawyer outside his office

https://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2017/12/15/guilty-plea-in-bizarre-case-of-toronto-criminal-lawyer-shot-outside-annex-office.html

http://randallbarrs.com/about.html