November 13, 2018
Senatorial hopeful Jude Josue Sabio, the lawyer who filed a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC), appealed the petition of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) law department to declare him a nuisance candidate.
“It will not look good in the eyes of the nation and the world that I, as the first Filipino lawyer internationally and nationally known to have lodged the first historic complaint in the ICC against President Duterte and his allies, is being treated as a nuisance,” Sabio said in an 18-page comment obtained by Rappler.
“It certainly will not sit well with the country and the world that a legal archenemy of President Duterte is unceremoniously being deprived of meaningful participation in the electoral process,” he added.
Sabio sent this comment to the Comelec via courier late Tuesday afternoon, November 13, and he expects this to reach the poll body on Wednesday, November 14.
Sabio is among 95 personalities – including former Consultative Committee spokesperson Conrado “Ding” Generoso and pro-life advocate Rizalito David – whom the Comelec law department wants the poll body to classify as nuisance senatorial bets. Comelec commissioners will have the final say after subjecting them to hearings and evaluating their cases.
Sabio on April 24 filed a complaint against Duterte before the ICC for alleged “mass murder” in the Philippines. He cited the murder of at least 1,400 people by the alleged Davao Death Squad when Duterte was Davao City mayor, and the killing of thousands more during Duterte’s presidency.
November 11, 2018
Detained Supreme Court lawyer and former adviser to caretaker government Mainul Hosein was taken back to jail after medical check-up at Rangpur Medical College Hospital on Saturday morning following a High Court directive.
Amzad Hossain Don, jailer of Rangpur Central Jail, said that he was taken to the hospital around 9:00am and brought back to jail around 10:30am.
The High Court Division on Thursday directed the government to inform it on Sunday whether facilities were available at Rangpur Medical College Hospital or Rangpur Central Jail to screen health of detained former MP Mainul Hosein.
Rangpur Medical College Hospital director Ajay Kumar said that a five-member medical team led by head of the medicine department Debendranath Sarker examined him. The medical team found him primarily stable, he said.
When asked about Mainul’s illness, the director said that the team suggested for some medical examinations and it could be said about his illness after getting the examination reports.
On November 3, Mainul Hosein was transferred to Rangpur jail from Dhaka Central Jail to produce before court for his bail hearing.
He was denied bail on November 4 by the additional chief judicial magistrate court. Later he was sent to Rangpur jail.
His lawyer appealed to the court to arrange medical treatment considering his physical condition.
On October 16, Mainul Hosein on a television talk show called a female journalist ‘debauched’.
On October 22, a human rights and development activist of Rangpur, Mili Maya filed a defamation case against Mainul Hosein with the additional chief judicial magistrate’s court.
Judge Arifa Yasmin Mukta issued an arrest warrant against Mainul accepting the case on the day. Mainul was arrested on that night in Dhaka.
November 11, 2018
The High Court in Kampala has directed the government to pay a lawyer Shs300m plus costs of the suit after the court found that he was illegally detained beyond the mandatory 48 hours, among other things.
Judge Andrew Bashaija, the head of the High Court Civil Division, ruled on June 9 that the action of the police in that regard was not only illegal but unconstitutional.
Court also found that the bank account of Mr John Kaggwa in Diamond Trust Bank was wrongly blocked, which contravened his constitutional right to a fair hearing, privacy and to practice his profession. Mr Kaggwa runs Kaggwa & Kaggwa Advocates.
The judge ruled further, in favour of Mr Kaggwa, that an order to search his home and office without a court order contravened his right to privacy and fair hearing and also declared as illegal a decision by a police officer to decline to hand over Mr Kaggwa’s passport despite a court order.
In 2016, Mr Kaggwa jointly sued Mr William Wilber Kototyo, a police detective, officer and the Attorney General.
“The plaintiff [Kaggwa] herein is awarded general damages of Shs100,000,000 against the defendants [Attorney General and Kototyo] jointly and severally owing to the fact that the 1st defendant is a CID officer working under the Uganda Police Force and his actions bind the force,” Judge Bashaija ruled.
“The plaintiff is awarded aggravated damages of Shs200,000,000 owing to the highhandedness, arrogance, and contempt of court orders and impunity exhibited by the 1st defendant [Kotyotyo] while in course of his duties and an agent and servant of the 2nd defendant [govt/Attorney General] and the fact that the contempt continues to date,” he added.