Daily Archives: 13/05/2018

Egypt: Egypt court aquits police officers of lawyer’s torture and murder

May 13, 2018

Egypt court aquits police officers of lawyer's torture and murder

An Egyptian appeals court on Sunday acquitted two police officers charged with beating to death a lawyer in 2015 who was at the time being held in custody.

The two officers, a lieutenant colonel and captain with the national security service, had been accused of torturing and beating Karim Hamdi at a Cairo police station following a pro-Muslim Brotherhood rally.The officers were sentenced to five years in prison in December 2015, which they appealed.

Hamdi died at a police station in the Cairo district of Matariya two days after his arrest. His death sparked outrage among his legal colleagues.

The head of the lawyer’s syndicate in northern Cairo, Mohammad Othman, said at the time that Hamdi was arrested for taking part in a protest of support of the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Forensic authority spokesman Hisham Abdel Hamid said at the time that Hamdi had died after suffering “blows to several parts of his body with a blunt object”.

An interior ministry spokesman, Hany Abdel Latif, said Hamdi had been involved in a terrorist cell and that he had been arrested in the company of an armed person.

Egyptian authorities labelled the Muslim Brotherhood a terror group after the military ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against him.

The Tamarod movement that organised the protests, according to reports after the fact, were administered by Egypt’s generals and funds were replenished by the United Arab Emirates.

 

Since Morsi’s ouster, human rights groups have criticised the Sisi government’s widespread human rights violations. Tens of thousands of Islamists along with secularists are currently being detained.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2018/5/13/egypt-court-aquits-police-officers-of-lawyers-murder

https://apnews.com/46f4036c6d9149f7b357fe9b622603a0

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/egypt-acquits-police-officers-killing-detainee-55129189

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/49923/Court-acquits-2-policemen-accused-of-torturing-Egyptian-lawyer

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-jails-two-police-officers-beating-lawyer-death-1808677570

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egypt-acquits-2-police-officers-in-killing-of-detainee/2018/05/13/8d240b5e-56ae-11e8-9889-07bcc1327f4b_story.html?utm_term=.7b4a9a209b88

http://www.jurist.org/paperchase/2018/05/egypt-court-acquits-police-officers-of-torturing-and-murdering-a-prominent-lawyer.php

http://fr.africanews.com/2018/05/13/egypte-deux-policiers-accuses-d-avoir-torture-un-avocat-acquittes/ (FRANCAIS)

The Philippines: NBI, QCPD task force to probe fiscal’s slay

May 13, 2018

SCENE of the Crime Operatives inspect QC Assistant Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco’s bullet-riddled car at Don Antonio Heights on Friday evening, May 11, 2018. All photos by Darren Langit/Rappler

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe the killing of Quezon City Deputy Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco last Friday.

The Quezon City Police District (QCPD), on the other hand, has formed a task force that conduct a separate investigation of Velasco’s murder.

The QCPD also released sketches of two of the four still unidentified men who shot Velasco.

QCPD director Chief Superintendent Joselito Esquivel said one of the men is around 5’6” tall, around 30 to 35 years old, medium-built and fair-skinned.

The other assailant is around 5’7” tall, medium-built and fair-skinned. Witnesses said he wore a face mask at the time of the shooting.

Velasco is the fifth prosecutor killed so far under the administration of President Duterte, himself a former prosecutor.

The other four were Quezon Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Reymund Luna, Caloocan City Prosecutor Diosdado Azarcon, Quezon City Prosecutor Noel Mingoa, Rizal Assistant Prosecutor Maria Ronatay and retired Mandaluyong City prosecutor Pablito Gahol.

Guevarra said he directed the NBI to identify the perpetrators, determine their motive and bring them to justice.

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2018/05/13/1814667/nbi-qcpd-task-force-probe-fiscals-slay

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/989727/qc-assistant-prosecutor-killed

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/12/18/task-force-formed-to-probe-qc-prosecutors-slay

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/989855/qcpd-forms-task-group-to-probe-fiscals-murder

https://www.rappler.com/nation/202323-quezon-city-assistant-prosecutor-rogelio-velasco-ambushed

http://politics.com.ph/national-prosecution-service-condemns-ambush-killing-abogado-rogelio-velasco/

http://www.manilatimes.net/job-related-motive-eyed-in-killing-of-deputy-prosecutor-police/398545/

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/653424/ibp-outraged-over-killing-of-qc-prosecutor/story/

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/990844/ibp-to-police-hunt-down-those-behind-qc-fiscals-murder

Kenya/Canada: Fresh Drama Looms at JKIA as Miguna Miguna Returns to Kenya Next Week

May 13, 2018

Fresh Drama Looms at JKIA as Miguna Miguna Returns to Kenya Next Week

A fresh showdown between deported lawyer Miguna Miguna and State authorities looms at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) when the former returns to the country on Wednesday.

Miguna announced he will return to the country from Canada on Wednesday, May 16th after he was kicked out of the country for the second time on March 28th.

“May 16, 2018, my return date to my motherland is now engraved on granite. Thanks patriots, #NRMKe comrades, colleagues like Stuart Russell, for keeping the flame alive. We shall triumph,” the lawyer tweeted on May 5th.

Last week, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) wrote to Immigration Principal Secretary Gordon Kihalang’wa asking him to issue Miguna with a passport and purchase an air ticket for his return.

However, responding to KNCHR letter, Kihalang’wa has informed the Commission that the department will undertake none of the demands. This signals to a possible confrontation between Miguna and Immigration officials when he lands at JKIA next week.

“The department cannot issue Mr Miguna with a valid Kenyan passport as he has not made any application for the same. Moreover, and without prejudice, we reiterate that Mr Miguna has to regain his Kenyan citizenship before being issued with a Kenyan passport,” Maj-Gen Kihalang’wa says in the letter dated May 10th.

https://www.mwakilishi.com/article/diaspora-news/2018-05-13/fresh-drama-looms-at-jkia-as-miguna-miguna-returns-to-kenya

https://www.tuko.co.ke/273614-miguna-allowed-kenya-government-writes-knchr.html#273614

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/politics/Another-Miguna-Miguna-drama-looms-/1064-4558670-76o3n5/index.html

https://www.update.co.ke/2018/05/13/what-government-plans-to-do-ahead-of-migunas-second-return/

https://hivisasa.com/posts/government-gives-final-verdict-ahead-of-migunas-return

https://hivisasa.com/posts/why-migunas-lawyers-are-worried-ahead-of-his-return

https://www.tuko.co.ke/273614-miguna-allowed-kenya-government-writes-knchr.html#273614

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/05/14/no-special-treatment-for-you-miguna-told_c1757887

http://allafrica.com/stories/201805140104.html

http://zipo.co.ke/34552/shock-awaits-miguna-miguna-at-jkia-as-he-returns-on-wednesday/

https://hivisasa.com/posts/activist-to-resume-hunger-strike-if-miguna-is-denied-entry-to-kenya

https://hivisasa.com/posts/miguna-miguna-raila-uhuru-plots-to-kill-and-dump-me-in-lake-victoria

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ureport/story/2001280379/why-state-should-facilitate-miguna-s-smooth-return-or-denounce-handshake

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/05/15/sanity-or-another-showdown-what-to-expect-with-migunas-return_c1758688

http://www.pulselive.co.ke/news/politics/opinion-what-to-expect-as-miguna-makes-second-return-to-kenya-id8378419.html

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001280537/miguna-s-second-coming-here-are-the-expected-scenarios

https://hivisasa.com/posts/what-time-will-miguna-land-at-jkia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguna_Miguna

http://jornaldeangola.sapo.ao/mundo/oposicao_politica_esta_unida_contra_o_governo_queniano (PORTUGUES)

India: Day after lawyer’s killing, Allahabad SSP shunted

May 12, 2018

A day after the sensational murder of district court lawyer Rajesh Kumar Srivastava, the state government on Friday shunted out Allahabad SSP Akash Kulhary and appointed SP (Railways) Agra Nitin Tiwari in his place.
Kulhary has been attached to the DGP headquarters in Lucknow.
Police on Friday issued sketches of the suspects involved in the daring broad daylight killing that was captured on CCTV, and carried out raids in city outskirts and neighbouring districts.

Deputy SP (Colonelganj) Alok Mishra claimed that police have vital clues about the assailants. “While hotelier Pradeep Jaiswal, named in the FIR filed in this case, has been arrested, three other persons have been picked up for questioning,” he said.

 

Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, meanwhile, visited the house of the murdered lawyer in Rambagh on Friday and handed over a cheque of Rs 20 lakh to his family. The state government had announced Rs 20 lakh compensation to the family. Maurya also visited the family of recently murdered BJP corporator Pawan Kesari in Phulpur and handed over a cheque of Rs 20 lakh to his family. The deputy CM claimed that the state government has taken the two incidents seriously.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/allahabad/day-after-lawyers-killing-allahabad-ssp-shunted/articleshow/64134322.cms

http://legaldesire.com/lawyer-shot-dead-in-broad-daytime-when-dgp-was-reviewing-state-law-threat-to-lawyers-life-continues/

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/allahabad/ssp-removed-maurya-hands-over-rs-20-lakh-cheque-to-slain-lawyers-family/articleshow/64125894.cms

https://www.thequint.com/news/india/lawyer-rajesh-srivastava-shot-dead-colonelganj-protests-allahabad

 

 

 

 

 

Pakistan: Lawyers plan ‘Black Day’ today to honour the fallen in May 12 violence

May 12, 2018

Lawyers across the country are set to mark today as a ‘Black Day’, in honour of those who lost their lives in the gruesome violence that gripped Karachi 11 years ago.

On May 12, 2007, the then Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry arrived at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, where a large contingent of lawyers was waiting to welcome him. Upon his arrival, however, violence broke out between the workers of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP), the Awami National Party (ANP) and the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP) who had gathered to welcome the CJP on the one hand, and the workers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on the other.

The Police was a silent spectator as the gathering descended into chaos, leaving 40 people dead, while a lot of the city’s infrastructure lay in ruins.

Many voices continue to clamour over the culpability of the state apparatus in allowing the riots to unfold, while others wish to see the MQM taken to task over their role in instigating the carnage.

https://dailytimes.com.pk/239105/lawyers-plan-black-day-today-to-honour-the-fallen-in-may-12-violence/

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/316137-lawyers-observe-strike-against-karachi-carnage

https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/headline/cjp-nisar-announces-to-review-may-12-violence-case/

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/316137-lawyers-observe-strike-against-karachi-carnage

https://nation.com.pk/13-May-2018/rallies-against-may-12-karachi-mayhem

The Philippines: IBP: Only Senate can unseat Chief Justice

May 13, 2018

Only the Senate, assembled as an impeachment court, has the power to oust an incumbent justice of the Supreme Court (SC), the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) said.

In a statement, IBP president Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo stressed that the group stands firm that a member of the SC can only be removed through impeachment and not by a quo warranto petition.

“This is pursuant to our position that only the Senate, assembled as an impeachment court, has the power to dismiss an incumbent justice of the Supreme Court on questions pertaining to his or her alleged lack of integrity,” said Fajardo.

Maria Lourdes Sereno was ousted as chief justice through an 8-6 vote during a special en banc session on Friday, favoring the quo warranto petition that Solicitor General Jose Calida has filed.

Sereno is the first SC chief justice removed from position not by impeachment. The IBP seeks the reversal of the landmark ruling.

https://www.panaynews.net/ibp-only-senate-can-unseat-chief-justice/

https://www.panaynews.net/ibp-negocc-prez-worries-about-constitutional-crisis/

https://www.panaynews.net/ilonggos-dismayed-by-serenos-ouster-as-cj/

http://thepinoy.net/?p=11694

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1742853/Baguio/Local-News/Supreme-Court-rally

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/12/18/despite-dissent-carpio-says-sereno-guilty-of-impeachable-offense

https://www.rappler.com/nation/202399-sereno-ousted-supreme-court-quo-warranto-decision-tijam-ponencia

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/05/13/1814580/cards-are-stacked-against-sereno-she-may-have-ace-her-sleeve

https://article.wn.com/view/2018/05/13/Sacked_Philippine_chief_justice_to_appeal_her_ouster/

https://news-time.club/world/duterte-gains-control-of-all-branches-of-philippine-gov-t-after-firing-top-judge.html

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/05/11/1814315/robert-reyes-filipinos-wake-or-face-death-democracy

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/989938/leonen-all-appointees-now-targets-for-solgen

http://opinion.inquirer.net/113122/the-court-overreached#ixzz5FNhft3Fq

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/989555/sereno-sc-decision-to-unseat-her-unacceptable

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/989753/sereno-kicked-out-by-fellow-sc-justices-in-close-8-6-vote

http://opinion.inquirer.net/113143/law-politics-ouster-cj-sereno

http://gulftoday.ae/portal/f5e0aa20-17c4-4452-a6cb-e1af2b82c638.aspx

http://www.interaksyon.com/ousted-chief-justices-around-the-world-philippines-sereno/

http://www.manilatimes.net/real-sc-vote-9-want-sereno-out-3-abstained-and-only-2-were-for-her/398650/

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/05/14/1815154/business-group-hopes-sc-will-give-sereno-appeal-utmost-respect

https://businessmirror.com.ph/another-step-closer-to-dictatorship/

http://www.aei.org/publication/rule-of-law-is-fading-fast-in-the-philippines/

http://www.manilatimes.net/chief-justice-serenos-ouster-and-the-strangulation-of-philippine-democracy/398886/

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/653374/sereno-to-file-a-motion-for-reconsideration/story/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Lourdes_Sereno

https://rmn.ph/kinondena-pagpapatalsik-kay-maria-lourdes-sereno-bilang-supreme-court-chief-justice-inalmahan-ng-hrw/ (TAGALOG)

https://tw.news.yahoo.com/%E5%8B%87%E6%95%A2%E6%89%B9%E8%A9%95%E8%A1%80%E8%85%A5%E6%8E%83%E6%AF%92-%E6%8A%97%E8%A1%A1%E6%BF%AB%E6%AC%8A%E7%B8%BD%E7%B5%B1-%E8%8F%B2%E5%BE%8B%E8%B3%93%E9%A6%96%E5%B8%AD%E5%A4%A7%E6%B3%95%E5%AE%98%E7%9A%84%E4%B8%8B%E5%A0%B4-%E9%81%AD%E5%88%B0%E7%BD%B7%E5%85%8D-051056491.html?guccounter=1 (CHINESE)

Press Statement
May 12, 2018

SUPREME COURT MUST REDEEM ITSELF BY REVERSING DESPICABLE QUO WARRANTO RULING
By the Movement Against Tyranny

Given the widespread, vehement objection to the ouster of Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno yesterday, the Supreme Court should realize its mistake and immediately take steps to reverse its despicable ruling on the quo warranto case filed against their colleague.

The following are the most odious aspects of the SC ruling:

1. It gave due course to a petition that was prohibited under the one-year ban on quo warranto cases;

2. It violated the Constitutional provision on impeachment as the means to remove members of the High Court;

3. It effectively deprived the Senate of its Constitutional mandate to try Sereno for alleged impeachable offenses, including those cited in the quo warranto case;

4. It strikes a big blow to judicial independence, the separation of powers and system of checks and balances among the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government;

5. It makes all sitting justices and judges of the Courts constantly vulnerable to threats and political pressure from the Executive;

6. Six of the eight justices who voted against Sereno had shown manifest bias against her but refused to inhibit themselves from the case.

The justices of the Supreme Court should repair this self-inflicted attack on the institution. They should act now to prevent the rise of a strongman who has shown utter disregard for democratic governance, human rights, the rule of law and plain decency.

If it wants to, it is not too late for the Supreme Court to save itself.#

(Movement Against Tyranny Facebook May 12, 2018)

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Turkey: Turkish election not fair, says jailed presidential hopeful

May 11, 2018

Turkey’s jailed pro-Kurdish politician and presidential hopeful says elections in Turkey have never been fair, but next month’s presidential and parliamentary ballots will be even more unjust than ever.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government vehemently denies that the election is being held in an unfair environment, however.

Responding to written questions from his prison cell, Selahattin Demirtas, told The Associated Press that he was still confident that his Peoples’ Democratic Party, or HDP, would surpass its previous electoral gains and give Erdogan “the necessary response at the ballot box.”

Last month, Erdogan called the election for June 24, more than a year earlier than planned, giving opposition parties scant time to mount weighty campaigns.

With Turkey’s media largely under government control, opposition parties face an uphill battle to make their voices heard. The election is also being held under a state of emergency that has led to some 50,000 arrests, including those of opposition journalists, and the closure of media outlets.

The HDP faces the added challenge of having its main candidate — Demirtas, a 45-year-old former human rights lawyer — and thousands of other party officials in prison.

“These elections will take place in an unfair environment never seen before,” Demirtas said in response to AP questions submitted to him. “While Erdogan limitlessly uses all state opportunities to his lead his own campaign, I am being held in a cell as a political hostage.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/turkish-election-not-fair-says-jailed-presidential-hopeful/2018/05/11/6707c92e-552d-11e8-a6d4-ca1d035642ce_story.html?utm_term=.ffbc8b6a8a19

https://stockholmcf.org/hrw-calls-on-may-to-speak-out-on-human-rights-during-erdogans-visit/

The Making of a Kurdish Mandela

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selahattin_Demirta%C5%9F

https://www.gercekgundem.com/medya/14541/sozcuden-selahattin-demirtas-cagrisi (TURKCE)

https://bianet.org/bianet/insan-haklari/197098-ihm-acilisina-davet-edilen-demirtas-ankara-da-degilim-ama-katilmaya-calisacagim (TURKCE)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selahattin_Demirta%C5%9F (FRANCAIS)

Iran: Despite Facing Prison, Rights Lawyer Mohammad Najafi Still Seeking Justice For Deceased Detainee

May 12, 2018

Mohammad Najafi, a human rights lawyer facing years behind bars in Iran for publicly arguing that local police tried to conceal the cause of a detainee’s death, says he is determined to continue seeking justice for the victim.

“I will follow up on Vahid Heydari’s case within the framework of the law and if his family wants me to represent them, I will do so and defend their rights to the fullest without the slightest hesitation,” Najafi told the Center for Human Rights in Iran on May 6, 2018.

“As I’m speaking to you right now, there are four warrants against me,” he added. “I have been a lawyer and writer for years and during this time I have been repeatedly charged and acquitted. The authorities themselves have told me that they are trying to grind me to oblivion.”

He continued: “When I was being prosecuted in connection with labor protests at the HEPCO industrial plant in Arak, the [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] IRGC agent said to me straight that they will paralyze me by constantly detaining and prosecuting me. In fact, they have succeeded in putting me under financial pressure and disrupted my life.”

In January 2018, Najafi told media outlets that Heydari, 22, was beaten before he died at the 12th Police Station in Arak before his death later that month. The authorities claimed that Heydari was a drug addict who committed suicide.

https://iranhumanrights.org/2018/05/despite-facing-prison-rights-lawyer-mohammad-najafi-still-seeking-justice-for-deceased-detainee/

http://www.payvand.com/news/18/may/1055.html

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/04/lawyer-who-exposed-cover-up-of-clients-death-in-custody-could-be-imprisoned-for-years-in-iran/

https://irannewsupdate.com/blog/4926-as-crackdown-on-dissent-continues-rouhani-s-hypocrisy-is-further-exposed.html

http://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/05/16/iran-trial-of-dec-2017-jan-2018-uprising-detainees-in-arak/

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عدالتی و ظلم من یک کُردم بلوچم بهائی ام درویشم…
Mohammad Najafi, avocat et militant des droits de l’homme: Contre l’injustice et l’oppression, Je suis un kurde, je suis un balochiste, je suis baha’i et je suis un derviche
(Facebook, 25/5/18)