Daily Archives: 11/02/2018

India: Law Student, 26, Beaten To Death Outside Restaurant In UP, Horror On Video

February 11, 2018

Law Student, 26, Beaten To Death Outside Restaurant In UP, Horror On Video

In a disturbing video from Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad, a 26-year-old law student is seen being thrashed by a group of men who take turns to hit him with a hockey stick, broken pipe and bricks outside a restaurant. The man slipped into a coma and died at a hospital this morning. The main accused has been identified, but no arrests have been made so far.

The video, shot on a mobile phone reportedly by a passerby, shows the victim, Dilip Saroj, lying unconscious on the steps of the restaurant where the incident took place last night. As the men, seemingly drunk, beat him, a passerby briefly stopped, while others seemed to not notice anything. The men, who captured the crime, are heard saying in the video, “The police will turn up only after he is dead”. However, neither makes a call to the police.

A man in a brown leather jacket, who is the owner of the restaurant, is seen in the video pushing and shoving the attackers to stop them, but fails. He, along with a few others, later drive away with Dilip on a motorcycle.









February 10, 2018

Shahid Azmi. Credit: Youtube

Slain lawyer’s mother and brother await start of trial into Azmi’s murder.

For a man who was the face of pro-bono legal defense of terror accused in the country, his family’s wait for justice has been excruciatingly slow. Shahid Azmi was shot dead on February 11, 2010 and eight years, and at least 12 court transfers later, the trial of the four men accused of murdering him is yet to begin.

While two of the accused – Vinod Vichare and Pintu Dhagle – have been granted bail, two others – Devendra Jagtap and Hasmukh Solanki – continue to be behind bars. Shahid’s youngest brother Khalid, who has followed in his brother’s footsteps to become a lawyer, spoke to Mirror about the delay in starting the trial. “The case has been transferred from one court to another at least 12 times in these years. That coupled with the applications filed by the accused added to the delay.”

“After the murder, our local Bar Association decided not to represent any of the accused, as the incident was a shock to us all,” said advocate Ajay Tripathi, one of Shahid’s closest friends, who also got Sanad (licence to practice) on the same day as Shahid. “While this sent a message out, the court was forced to adjourn the case several times, as the accused said they were yet to hire lawyers,” he added. Tripathi fears that it will be the accused who will ultimately benefit from this delay.




https://kohraam.com/readers-opinion/shahid-azmi-123224.html (HINDI)


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Kenya/Canada: Lawyers to boycott court, protest State’s disregard of court orders

February 10, 2018

Lawyers led by Law Society of Kenya President Isaac Okero protest in Kisumu town over alleged extrajudicial killings by police officers, July 6, 2016. /MAURICE ALAL

(Lawyers led by Law Society of Kenya President Isaac Okero protest in Kisumu town over alleged extrajudicial killings by police officers, July 6, 2016.)

Lawyers will from Monday launch nationwide Yellow Ribbon Campaign to protest government’s brazen disregard of court orders and violation of the Constitution.

LSK President Isaac Okero said government’s behaviour is a recipe for anarchy because it encourages Kenyans to disrespect the law.

“It should always be the government that demonstrates to the citizens, by its example and conduct, the importance of strictly adhering to and respecting the law. When a government shows contempt for the law it becomes impossible for it to require citizens to respect the law,” Okero said in a statement on Saturday.

Read: All Kenyans must follow court orders, Maraga says after Miguna drama

Related: ICJ wants Matiangi, Boinnet and Mucheru punished for defying courts

“There is a palpable feeling of outrage and dismay at this display of contempt for the laws and the constitution,” he added.

The Yellow Ribbon campaign has been in existence in Kenya since 2002 when lawyers used it to support Constitutional and judicial reforms in Kenya.

The ribbon may be worn on a person, placed on a vehicle or tied around a tree to symbolize “vibrancy, tenacity and commitment to justice”.

“Those words ring true today. Now we must protest the level of impunity shown by state and public officers which is a threat to the rule of law.”


















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