Daily Archives: 27/09/2018

The Philippines: IBP condemns attempted killing of Davao abogado

September 26, 2018

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has condemned the attack on one of its members on Wednesday in front of the Benigno Aquino Hall of Justice along Candelaria Street, Ecoland, this city.

Lawyer Wilmer Quiñones Donasco, 44, was shot by still two unidentified motor riding perpetrators while he was parking his Chevrolet pickup along Candelaria Street.

Police said the back rider fired at Donasco thrice at close range but missed. Donasco incurred minor injury caused by the shattered glass on the left front side of the car.

“This incident is highly alarming as it happened only two days after Atty. Connie Villamor was murdered in broad daylight in Tagum City. The brazenness of the attack done in broad daylight near the Hall of Justice and police office (Police Crime Lab and Highway Patrol Group) makes the incident even more alarming,” the IBP-Davao said in a statement released on Wednesday.

The IBP has called on police to investigate the murder of Villamor and the attempt on Donasco’s life.

“Nothing less than the identification and prosecution of the gunman and his principals could allay the fears of lawyers for their lives as they continue to advocate for the cause of their clients,” the IBP said.

It also called for the understanding of the public on the role of lawyers, “who remain steadfast and committed to their duty to help dispense justice despite the perils associated with the exercise of their profession.”




Lawyer shot in Davao, unscathed




Turkey: Lawyer’s office attacked in Turkey’s Eskişehir due to animosity towards pro-Kurdish HDP

September 27, 2018

Unidentified individuals staged an attack on an office belonging to lawyer Heval Yıldız Karasu in Eskişehir’s Odunpazarı district on Tuesday night, the Demirören news agency has reported.

The attackers opened fire on the lawyer’s office in a three-story building with hunting rifles and scrawled controversial graffiti on the walls of the office, reading, “We don’t want the HDP [pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party] in Odunpazarı.”

The employees working at the lawyer’s office noticed the graffiti and broken windows in the apartment on the ground floor of the building when they came to work on Wednesday morning and notified the police.

Karasu said luckily nobody was injured or killed in the attack because the family living on the ground floor was on vacation.

Karasu is a lawyer who works on cases such as the murder of Ali İsmail Korkmaz, a university student who was killed as a result of police violence during the anti-government Gezi protests of 2013, and a terrorist attack in Ankara on Oct. 10, 2015, which claimed the lives of more than 100 people. Most of the victims were supporters of the HDP.




Video: Persecution of Turkish Lawyers


Nigeria/USA: Nigerian Embassy In U.S Allegedly Targets Human Rights Lawyer For Criticizing Buhari

September 26, 2018

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A US-based Nigerian human rights lawyer, Emmanuel Ogebe, has alleged efforts by the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC to have his passport withdrawn over his constant criticism of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

According to Ogebe, documents filed in an Abuja court show that the government wants his passport withdrawn for allegedly “trash-talking Nigeria” on social media.

The lawyer, who is the special counsel, Justice for Jos Project, said in a press release that part of “the document was a letter from the embassy dated June 2, 2016, addressed to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja, Nigeria.

“In it [the court document] the embassy claimed that “Mr Ogebe derived pleasure from trash-talking Nigeria on social media in the chambers of the United States Congress and other public places across the United States.

“The embassy letter then stated further that, “Going forward, to prevent Mr Ogebe, who is a Nigerian citizen, from making further derogatory comments that are inimical to the image of Nigeria, Government May consider taking punitive action against him, including withdrawal of his privilege to carry a Nigerian passport.”

It was signed by the Charge D’affaires, Hakeem Balogun

Reacting, Ogebe said while he had long known and was fully aware of the alleged hostile activities of the Nigerian government through its embassy in the US to persecute him, it was still “shocking to see in writing the extremes to which they would go and the extent of their desperation.”