Daily Archives: 13/10/2018

Jammu & Kashmir/India: Activist Talib Hussain granted bail in rape case

October 13, 2018

Hussain was arrested from Kashmir’s Tral area on July 31, less than two hours after a relative of his estranged wife had accused him of rape.

More than two months after he was arrested on rape charges, activist Talib Hussain, who led a campaign seeking justice for an eight-year-old girl who was gang raped and murdered in Kathua district in January, was granted interim bail by a Samba court Friday. Hussain was arrested from Kashmir’s Tral area on July 31, less than two hours after a relative of his estranged wife had accused him of rape. In her complaint, the victim alleged that she was raped by the activist a month-and-a-half ago in Chadwa forest.

Earlier, Hussain’s wife had filed a complaint on charges of domestic violence and attempt to murder against him. However, a high court bench in Srinagar had stayed proceedings in the FIR.

According to official sources, a police team from Samba had visited Tral police station on July 31 and sought assistance to apprehend Hussain in connection with the FIR on domestic violence charges. The police team at that time did not possess a copy of the FIR on rape charges against the activist, they said. The sources said the Samba police deposited a copy of the FIR charging Hussain of domestic violence, though it had already been stayed by the HC.

Samba District and Sessions court granted the bail subject to furnishing a surety bond and personal bond of Rs 5 lakh each.

J&K: Activist Talib Hussain granted bail in rape case





October 12, 2018

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The Myanmar authorities must immediately and unconditionally release human rights lawyer Khin Khin Kyaw, who has been convicted of “contempt of court” and sentenced to six months in prison in connection with her role as a defense lawyer, said Amnesty International today. The conviction and imprisonment mark yet another blow for rule of law in Myanmar and sends a worrying message to human rights defenders across the country.

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Turkey: Turkish government’s witch hunt targets military personnel, jurists over alleged Gülen links

October 11, 2018

The Turkish government on Thursday detained 15 military personnel and eight civilians, including six lawyers, across Turkey as part of its massive post-coup witch hunt targeting alleged members of the Gülen movement.

Police detained 15 military officers, including six on active duty, in seven Turkish provinces on Thursday following the issuance of detention warrants by the Manisa Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office for the 15 over their alleged links to the Gülen movement. The officers were detained in Manisa, İstanbul, İzmir, Bursa, Kocaeli, Balıkesir and Çanakkale provinces.

Meanwhile, the Tokat Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued detention warrants for eight people, including a dismissed judge, a dismissed judge candidate and six lawyers on Thursday over their alleged links to the Gülen movement.

According to Turkey’s Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD) 572 lawyers have been put behind bars since a controversial coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The majority of the lawyers were arrested on charges of “terrorism” due to their alleged links with the Gülen movement.

The Turkish government led by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has prosecuted 1,546 lawyers on overbroad charges based on questionable accusations that preclude the right to a defense; 590 lawyers remain under arrest, and 181 lawyers have been sentenced to jail terms ranging from three to 12 years, according to data compiled by the Arrested Lawyers Initiative.




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(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 13/10/18)

South Africa: Human rights lawyer charged with assault for pointing his finger at a police officer

October 12, 2018

‘The accused … did unlawfully and intentionally assault Andries Petrus Swart by pointing him with a finger [sic]’

Attorney Richard Spoor. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

South African human rights attorney Richard Spoor is well-known for his sharp mind and forthright tongue‚ but now he has run into deep trouble because of his finger — or‚ to be more exact‚ for assaulting a police officer “by pointing him with a finger”.

Two weeks ago‚ the Nelspruit-based attorney was involved in a heated verbal encounter with mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe and senior Eastern Cape police commissioner Maj-Gen Andre Swart on the Wild Coast‚ which ended with Spoor being taken off to the local police station and charged with assault.

Spoor‚ who represents members of the Amadiba Crisis Committee who are opposed to an Australian-led mineral sands mining project near the village of Xolobeni‚ had complained that anti-mining residents were being marginalised from Mantashe’s public meeting.

He later appeared in the Mzamba Magistrate’s Court‚ where the case was remanded to October 25.

But now Spoor is back in the news after posting a copy of his charge sheet on Facebook on Friday. The charge sheet reads: “The accused is guilty of the crime of assault in that on or about September 23 2018 … the accused did unlawfully and intentionally assault Andries Petrus Swart by pointing him with a finger [sic].”