Daily Archives: 04/01/2019

India: Probe sought into Bengaluru lawyer’s suicide

January 4, 2019

Members of various lawyer organisations staged a protest on Thursday, demanding an impartial probe into the suicide of advocate Dharani in Bengaluru. They alleged that the young woman lawyer was forced to take the extreme step by the real estate lobby.

Mahadevapura police station officials said that three people have been arrested in connection with the case and investigation is on. The accused have been identified as Shashi, Anjanappa and Ravi. The protest was held at City Court following which a memorandum was submitted to the Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru.

Protestors alleged that the young lawyer was pushed over the edge by the real-estate lobby, which wanted to encroach on the property owned by her mother. “Though she and her mother had filed complaints with both police and State Human Rights Commission, authorities concerned did not pay heed,” they alleged.

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/2019/jan/04/probe-sought-into-young-lawyers-suicide-1920379.html

https://www.deccanherald.com/city/unable-bear-harassment-710943.html

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/after-suicide-dalit-lawyer-bengaluru-lawyers-protest-over-alleged-police-apathy-94448

https://thelogicalindian.com/news/dalit-lawyer-kills-self/

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/2019/jan/08/hegde-urges-centre-to-fill-vacant-judge-posts-1922059.html

Australia/Timor Leste: Closed proceedings in ‘Witness K’ case a matter for court: Christian Porter

January 4, 2019

The federal government has flagged the likelihood of the case of a former spy and his lawyer accused of conspiracy being held in closed court to protect information it says could prejudice national security.

Witness K – a former operative for the overseas spy agency the Australian Secret Intelligence Service – and his lawyer Bernard Collaery were charged in June with conspiring to release secret ASIS information, after they blew the whistle on a 2004 operation to plant listening devices in the cabinet room of Timor-Leste’s government.

The bugging operation came during negotiations with the Howard government to settle the maritime boundary that would carve up lucrative oil and gas rights between the two countries.

Mr Collaery had been representing Timor-Leste in its dispute with Australia.In November, ACT Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker adjourned the case while Attorney-General Christian Porter determines if the brief of evidence against the pair contains material related to national security information.

Such a move could see the trial held behind closed doors, while provisions of the National Security Information Act could see lawyers for the defendants excluded from hearings if they do not have the required security clearance.Lawyers for Mr Collaery, a former ACT attorney-general and deputy chief minister, were yet to undergo a clearance late last year.

The act also allows defendants themselves to be excluded from a hearing.

If Mr Porter deems the brief of evidence is likely to prejudice national security, a preliminary hearing would be held to consider the material in a closed court.

https://www.afr.com/news/politics/closed-proceedings-in-witness-k-case-a-matter-for-court-christian-porter-20190104-h19pi9

https://www.afr.com/news/policy/foreign-affairs/australias-spies-fight-to-keep-covert-operation-in-east-timor-secret-20181218-h198n6

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/act/cases-with-international-connections-mark-canberra-courts-in-2018-20181213-p50ly0.html

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

China: Wife of Detained Rights Lawyer Rejects Blame From China’s Top Prosecutor

January 3, 2019

Zhang Jun, chief prosecutor at the Supreme People's Procuratorate, speaks at a press conference in Beijing, Jan. 3, 2019.

The wife of detained human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang accused China’s highest-level prosecution body on Thursday of trying to shift the blame for a pretrial detention that has lasted three-and-a-half years.

Zhang Jun, chief prosecutor at the Supreme People’s Procuratorate in Beijing, accused Wang’s family of “delaying” his case with frequent changes of defense attorney.

“The judiciary is acting in accordance with the procedures prescribed by law, and [Wang’s] rights are being well protected,” Zhang told journalists when asked to explain the delay.

He pointed to official media criticism of Wang’s family over their frequent changes in defense attorney, and Wang’s firing of his state-appointed lawyer at the start of his Dec. 26 trial for “incitement to subvert state power.”

But he also claimed that Wang’s move wouldn’t cause further delays.

Wang’s wife Li Wenzu said the trial was “never going to be anything other than going through the motions” and that the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court had been in breach of legal time limits for pretrial detention since her husband’s initial detention in July 2015.

Last month, Li was escorted away by unidentified security personnel after she tried to file an official complaint against the Tianjin court at the Supreme People’s Court in Beijing.

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/wife-01032019105043.html

https://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/asia/article/2180593/justice-must-be-seen-be-done-wang-quanzhang

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/government-urged-to-confront-china-over-detained-human-rights-lawyer

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/china-holds-a-secret-trial-for-a-rights-lawyer-after-3-years-in-detention-it-backfired/2018/12/27/884d8b6a-09a9-11e9-892d-3373d7422f60_story.html?utm_term=.90b398945c1b

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

https://www.epochtimes.com.br/12-formas-partido-comunista-chines-contradiz-si-mesmo/ (PORTUGUES)

The Philippines: Mayor faces raps for Batocabe slay

January 4, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday filed murder and frustrated murder charges against Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo, who was tagged as the mastermind in the assassination of AKO Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe in December last year.

The Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) Batocabe filed double murder and six counts of frustrated murder charges against Baldo and several others before the Albay Provincial Prosecutor’s Office for the death of the lawmaker and his security aide, SPO1 Orlando Diaz

PNP chief Oscar Albayalde identified the other suspects as Henry Yuson alias Romel/Eno, Rolando Arimado alias RR, Emmanuel Rosello alias Boboy, Jaywin Babor alias Jie, Danilo Muella alias Manoy Dan, and Christopher Naval alias Tuping.

Albayalde said Naval, Baldo’s security aide, executed an extrajudicial confession after he surrendered to authorities on Dec. 30, 2018.

He added that Emmanuel Bonita Judavar alias Jude, one of those who planned the assassination, came forward and spilled his knowledge of the plot to police authorities.

Judavar said, he initially joined the planning but he backed out when the plot was about to be carried out.

Based on Naval and Judavar’s accounts, Yuson, a former New People’s Army (NPA) rebel, shot Batocabe. Arimado, a rebel returnee, served as his lookout .

https://www.manilatimes.net/mayor-faces-raps-for-batocabe-slay/491544/

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/01/04/1882180/pnp-daraga-mayor-rodel-batocabe-slay-brains

https://www.rappler.com/video/newscast/220246-thewrap-january-3-2019-evening-edition

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/01/04/1882278/batocabe-slay-suspect-surrenders

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1069073/pnp-daraga-mayor-is-batocabe-slay-mastermind

https://international.la-croix.com/news/filipino-rights-defenders-brace-for-tougher-2019/9155

https://www.manilatimes.net/batocabe-gunman-surrenders/492055/

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/01/05/1882534/rodel-batocabe-gunman-surrenders-says-sorry

https://www.rappler.com/nation/220305-dilg-wants-carlwyn-baldo-suspended-batocabe-murder

https://www.rappler.com/nation/220282-pnp-says-batocabe-killer-former-army-man

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2019/01/04/philippine-mayor-was-behind-congressmans-killing-police-say.html