Daily Archives: 19/03/2019

Canada: Law society probes lawyer’s relationship with terrorist client

February 10, 2019

A Toronto criminal lawyer faces an investigation into her relationship with a terrorist client after jail-guards alleged they saw videos of her crawling under the table during jail-house visits, the Toronto Sun has learned.

Rishma Gupta promised the Law Society of Ontario on Sept. 4, 2018 that she’d stop practising while law society investigators pursued their probe of her relationship with alleged terrorist client Pamir Hakimzadah.

She is not admitting to the alleged “professional misconduct or lack of capacity to practise law at this time,” her Aug. 28, 2018 undertaking to the law society stated.

By making this undertaking, Gupta avoided a public temporary licence suspension hearing where the allegations that prompted the investigation would have been revealed, sources told the Sun.

On Feb. 1,  2019, Hakimzadah pleaded guilty to terrorism charges in Toronto as he admitted he left Canada to participate in ISIS terrorist activity on the same day day Parliament Hill was attacked by a gunman who murdered Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

Hakimzadah, now 29, flew from Toronto to Amsterdam on Oct. 22, 2014 and then travelled to Istanbul, Turkey the next day, court heard. Hakimzadah, who will be sentenced Feb. 26, is now represented by Toronto criminal lawyer Luka Rados.

While Hakimzadah was represented by Gupta, she visited him at Toronto South Detention Centre in a private meeting room which allows an an inmate and a lawyer to face one another at a wall-to-wall table.

Guards, who intermittently monitor these rooms through a window, allegedly spotted Gupta with her feet on Hakimzadah’s lap as he massaged them, sources told the Sun.


Law society probes lawyer’s relationship with terrorist client

UK/Northern Ireland/Ireland: Pat Finucane ‘murdered to silence other human rights lawyers’

February 10, 2019

Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane was murdered to silence other human rights lawyers, his son has said.

This week marks 30 years since he was shot 14 times by loyalists in collusion with British security forces while enjoying Sunday lunch at home with his family. He was 39.

Mr Finucane’s son John was a schoolboy when his father died in front of him.

Today, he recalled: “Our lives changed forever.”

His father’s best years professionally were ahead of him, his son said.

It was a deliberate decision to kill him, to silence other lawyers and prevent them from doing that type of work

“What we see now is a generation coming through with lawyers, people wanting their human rights.

“I think that is very much a legacy of Pat Finucane and what he stands for and represents.

“That gives me enormous pride. While they did silence him they could not have made a bigger mess of it if they tried.

“The name reverberates around the world and an enormous amount of credit for that is to due to my mother.”












India: Chennai: Gang murders lawyer near his house in broad daylight

February 12, 2019

The passers-by ran away from the spot and the men had allegedly threatened the public.



A 47-year-old lawyer was murdered in broad daylight in public view just a few metres away from his house at Sholavaram on Monday morning. Police said Suresh Kumar (47), a resident of Sivanthi Adityan Nagar in Nallur village at Sholavaram, was a lawyer and VCK president of Chennai – Thiruvallur district.

“On Monday morning, at around 6 am, he had gone out of the house to buy milk and newspaper. Just 400 metres away from the house, near the shop, he saw a friend and was speaking with him. Meanwhile, six men on two motorbikes suddenly came and attacked Suresh Kumar with sharp weapons. When the latter started to run, three men ran towards the motorbike and the other three chased and attacked him,” said an officer.

The passers-by ran away from the spot and the men had allegedly threatened the public. The friend with whom he was speaking, fainted, said the police. After stabbing Suresh Kumar multiple times, the assailants left him in a pool of blood and fled.



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South Sudan: Rights groups call to investigate disappearance of two South Sudanese activists

February 12, 2019

Dong Samuel Luak (Photo HRW)

Rights groups Monday have called on Kenya and South Sudan to investigate into the enforced disappearance of two South Sudanese activists in Nairobi more than two years ago.

Dong Samuel Luak, a prominent South Sudanese lawyer and human rights activist, and Aggrey Idri, a member of the SPLM-IO were kidnapped in the Kenyan capital on January 23 and 24, 2017, respectively.

Despite multiple reports about their arrest by the Kenyan police forces country and deportation to Juba, authorities in the two neighbouring denied any collusion in their disappearance.

On January 17, 2019, a Kenyan High Court ended its 24-month oversight of the police investigation and advised the families to pursue alternative administrative remedies such as filing a complaint with the Internal Police Oversight Authority.

In a joint statement issued on Tuesday, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch called on the two countries to ensure “effective, transparent, and impartial investigations” into their disappearance, stressing such a decision may lead to a denial of justice.

“The families of Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Ezbon Idri have waited patiently for the truth for two years, their lives in limbo,” said Jehanne Henry, associate Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

“But this decision which lets Kenyan police off the hook risks sending this case into oblivion and denying the families justice,” Henry further said.






https://www.amnesty.fr/actions-mobilisation/disparition-forcee-aidez-nous-a-les-retrouver (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty-ladenburg-schriesheim.de/gleich-aktiv-werden/ (DEUTSCH)

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(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 19/03/19)

Israel/Palestine: Lawyer among seven Palestinians detained from West Bank

March 18, 2019


Israeli forces detained at least seven Palestinians, including a lawyer, in multiple overnight raids across the West Bank, said the Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

Israeli military vehicles raided the northern West Bank city of Jenin, where soldiers detained three Palestinians after storming their families’ houses.

PPS confirmed that Israeli forces detained two Palestinians, including a lawyer, from the northern West Bank district on Nablus.

In the southern West Bank, PPS confirmed that two Palestinians were rounded up from Bethlehem district.

Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.

These raids, which take place also in areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, are conducted with no need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the military chooses in keeping with its sweeping arbitrary powers.