January 9, 2019
This is the third of a three-part series on the anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon case. Links to Part I and Part II
All the activists arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case are left-leaning lawyers, academics and organic intellectuals who are extremely popular among the Dalit-Bahujan communities in Maharashtra and also in other states, because of the stellar work they have been doing over the years. The two sets of arrests — on June 6, 2018 and on August 28, 2018 — were based on one FIR filed on January 8, 2018. Shoma Sen, Surendra Gadling, Sudhir Dhawale, Mahesh Raut, Rona Wilson as well as Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Vara Vara Rao, were arrested, while attempts to arrest Anand Teltumbde didn’t succeed, and Gautam Navlakha was granted relief by Delhi High Court. While a 5000-page chargesheet has been filed, the glaring inconsistencies in the document will go down as a huge a blot on Indian democracy.
January 9, 2019
A city lawyer has earned a tidy sum of Ksh4 million following an arbitrary arrest by the police.
The High Court on Tuesday ordered six police officers to pay lawyer Steven Nzaku the money after he was arrested and detained illegally.
Besides, the officers were ordered to pay 19 other people a total sum of Ksh3.8 million after they were apprehended and incarcerated at Ongata Rongai police station.
Making the order, Judge Reuben Nyakundi directed that no state money should be used to pay the cash implying that each of the six officers involved will have to part with Ksh1.3 million.
“I find that the petitioners are entitled to general exemplary damages in addition to a declaration on the violation of their constitutional rights,” Justice Nyakundi stated.
Following the directive, each of the 19 complainants is set to receive Ksh200,000.
In their defense, the six officers had argued that the petitioners were “idle and disorderly”.
İstanbul 12. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’nin savunmasını beğenmediği avukat Muhittin Köylüoğlu hakkında verdiği “Zorla Bakırköy Ruh ve Sinir Hastalıkları Hastanesi’ne yatırılması” kararı üst mahkeme tarafından bozuldu. Köylüoğlu’nun reddi hâkim talebi de kabul edildi.
İstanbul Adliyesi girişinde arama yapmak isteyen özel güvenlik görevlileriyle tartıştığı için avukat Muhittin Köylüoğlu hakkında “Hakaret” ve “Özel güvenlik görevlilerine mukavemet” suçlamasıyla dava açıldı.
İstanbul 12. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’nde görülen ilk duruşmada savunma yapan Köylüoğlu, “Yargılanmamın esas nedeni benim mesleki anlayışım. Hâkim ve savcıların odaları arandı. Ketıllarına el konuldu. Hâkim kararı olmadan arama ve el koyma kararına tek bir hâkim tepki vermedi. Kendi mesleki onurlarını korumadılar” diye konuştu. Mahkeme heyeti, savunması kesilen ve duruşma salonundan atılan Köylüoğlu’nun “Meslektaşlarını aşağılayarak kendi mesleki konumunu ve rüçhaniyetini ortaya koymaya çalıştığını bu yaklaşımın sağlıklı bir ruh halini yansıtmadığını” öne sürdü. “Avukatlık hakları konusunda takıntı seviyesinde hassasiyet” gösterdiği iddia edilen Köylüoğlu’nun savunmasında “paranoid ve şizofreni rahatsızlığını çağrıştıran durumlar olduğu” öne sürülerek “Zorla Bakırköy Ruh ve Sinir Hastalıkları Hastanesi’ne yatırılmasına” karar verildi.
La 2ème chambre du tribunal d’İstanbul ordonne l’hospitalisation pour « toubles mentaux » de l’avocat Muhittin Köylüoğlu auquel elle reproche sa « sensibilité obsessionnelle quant aux droits liés à l’exercice de la profession d’avocat »
(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 09/01/19)
N.B.: The Second Chamber of the Istanbul Court ordered the involuntary hospitalization of lawyer Muhittin Köylüoğlu due to his “mental problems” resulting from his “obsessional sensitivity concerning his rights to practise the profession of lawyer”.
January 8, 2019
On 26 December 2018, human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang underwent a four-hour trial at the No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court in Tianjin, China. Wang Quanzhang has been detained since his arrest in July 2015, completely incommunicado except for a 2015 visit with a state-appointed lawyer. The court has not yet announced a verdict.
Chinese judicial authorities frequently carry out trials and sentencing of sensitive individuals during the Christmas holiday season in attempt to limit international monitoring and coverage (see Zhen Jianghua). Authorities also took exaggerated measures to avoid local monitoring of the event, dispatching dozens of police and security personnel to prevent Wang Quanzhang’s family and supporters from attending the trial. Approximately 20 officers prevented supporters as well as foreign diplomats from accessing the courthouse on the morning of the trial, while an equal number of individuals prevented Wang Quanzhang’s wife from leaving her apartment compound.