Daily Archives: 21/05/2019

India: Manipur lawyers protest against vandalism in court premises

May 21, 2019

lawyers protest

Manipur lawyers on Monday staged a sit-in protest in front of Imphal Cheirap court complex to condemn against the assault of a lawyer and vandalism by a mob inside the premises of a court complex in the State.

Some people belonging to Joint Action Committee (JAC) formed in connection with the murder of one man rushed into the Lamphel court complex and ransacked the property inside the court.

Apart from destroying property of the court, the agitators also allegedly attacked a lawyer inside the court.

The lawyers who took part in the protest demanded strict action against the agitators.

They also demanded the government to provide strong security in court complexes to prevent occurrence of such incidents.

They also urged the government to impose restrictions on public entry to courtrooms for their safety.

Over 10 people have been arrested in connection with the incident of vandalism.

Manipur lawyers protest against vandalism in court premises



Manipur: Lawyers protest vandalism at court complex

South Africa: Cape Town Lawyer Shot Dead in Khayelitsha

May 20, 2019

A Cape Town criminal attorney has been shot dead at a spaza shop in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, a source told News24.

David Mbazwana previously represented a security company boss and bouncer accused of having links to the criminal underworld.

“He was shot in front of a spaza shop in Khayelitsha in the presence of his sister in an apparent robbery,” the source told News24 on Sunday, the day Mbazwana was shot dead.

Mbazwana was one of the lawyers for Grant Veroni, of the company Skhosana Maponyane Hall Phillips and Khumalo, trading as The Security Group (TSG), who authorities accused of having links to underworld activities, News24 earlier reported.

Western Cape police have confirmed that a shooting incident took place at the Eiland informal settlement, Makhaza, Khayelitsha on Sunday afternoon.

“According to reports the 38-year-old victim was allegedly shot by unknown suspects and he died on the way to hospital,” spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk said in a statement on Monday.






USA: Swindle: Lawyering can be a dangerous line of work

May 20, 2019

handcuffs suit

Since the day the concept of “lawyer” came into being, many in the public have viewed lawyers in a negative light. Hundreds of thousands of lawyer jokes have been told over the centuries.

While we have earned some of the criticism in the community, the vast majority of lawyers help, not hurt, people and our community.

If we behaved in a manner told in most jokes, disbarments would overwhelm the profession.

Some people have taken their strong feelings toward lawyers to the point where serious crimes have been committed against members of the bar. Over the years, lawyers and judges have been shot, beaten, harassed, and treated in a way that would make the Fuhrer pleased.

Lawyering can be a dangerous line of work; particularly for lawyers focused on family and juvenile law. A recent example in Florida illustrates this danger.

Police recently arrested a divorce litigant for allegedly stabbing a Florida lawyer multiple times during a deposition May 1.

Police charged 58-year-old Gordon James King with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and tampering with a victim, according to the Winter Park Police Department. The Orlando Sentinel reports that King was arrested Thursday at his home in Seminole County with help from the U.S. Marshals Task Force.

When U.S. Marshals are forced to track down a fugitive, it can be a most unpleasant experience.

The stabbing took place at a Winter Park, Florida, law firm. The lawyer was not identified. The lawyer was taken to the Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment of stab wounds. The lawyer had a collapsed left lung, a punctured diaphragm and a cut to his hand, according to Click Orlando. At the hospital, King allegedly said he was going through a “two-year ugly divorce” and he “just lost it again.”

Swindle: Lawyering can be a dangerous line of work

A Texas City Attorney Was Arrested and Detained for Helping Three Young Migrants on the Side of the Road




https://www.telemundo31.com/noticias/local/Arrestan-a-acusado-de-apunalamiento-en-bufete-de-abogados-en-Winter-Park-510018881.html (ESPANOL)



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Quelvin Jiménez ha recibido amenazas de muerte y sigue siendo objeto de campañas difamatorias, intimidación y vigilancia a causa de sus actividades en defensa de los derechos del pueblo xinca a la tierra y el territorio en el contexto de las actividades mineras en el sur de Guatemala. Las amenazas más recientes incluyen llamadas telefónicas, la presencia de hombres armados cerca de su casa y un intento de intimidación cuando se dirigía a su domicilio el 6 de mayo. Instamos al Ministerio Público a llevar a cabo investigaciones sobre todos los ataques y a brindar protección a Quelvin Jiménez

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Consuelo Porras

Fiscal General de Guatemala

Correo-e: carrecis@mp.gob.gt (secretaría de la sra. Porras)

Twitter: @MPguatemala


Señora Fiscal General:

Me dirijo a usted para expresarle mi alarma y mi preocupación por la seguridad del abogado del pueblo xinca Quelvin Jiménez, quien fue alertado de un plan para matarlo a finales de abril y cuya casa estaba siendo vigilada. El 6 de mayo, el mismo hombre al que se había visto cerca de su casa persiguió a Quelvin en una motocicleta e intentó que el vehículo del abogado redujera la velocidad. Quelvin ha recibido amenazas de muerte telefónicas en varias ocasiones. Las investigaciones sobre los ataques anteriores continúan pendientes, y la policía aún no ha aplicado las medidas de seguridad ordenadas por el Ministerio Público para brindarle protección.

La instamos a llevar a cabo una investigación inmediata, independiente, efectiva e imparcial sobre todas las amenazas y los ataques contra Quelvin Jiménez, y a llevar a todos los responsables de estos hechos ante la justicia. También le pedimos que garantice que se le asigna protección policial, de acuerdo con sus deseos y necesidades.



“Ante la extensa actividad extractiva, la lucha de las comunidades sigue en pie»: concluye Foro Permanente para Cuestiones Indígenas

Representantes indígenas hablan sobre el extractivismo durante foro de la ONU

https://www.amnestyusa.org/urgent-actions/urgent-action-lawyer-of-xinca-people-under-threat-guatemala-ua-63-19/ (ENGLISH)

https://nisgua.org/portfolio-items/active-quelvin-jimenez-xinka-parliament/ (ENGLISH)

https://eu.rgj.com/story/opinion/voices/2018/05/22/guatemalan-locals-risk-repression-reno-mining-corp-jimenez/633754002/ (ENGLISH)

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/2019/05/when-pan-american-silver-bought-escobal-mine-it-bought-legacy-violence (ENGLISH)

Turkey/UK: Turkey seeks extradition of UK barrister over Twitter activity

May 20, 2019

Ozcan Keles accused of spreading propaganda, in latest targeting of Erdoğan critics

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

A British barrister who has given evidence to parliament is facing possible extradition to Turkey on terrorism charges over his Twitter activity.

Ozcan Keles, who is of Turkish descent and holds UK citizenship, appeared at Westminster magistrates court on Monday accused of spreading propaganda online.

The attempt to remove him is the latest in a series of high-profile extradition actions in the British courts against critics or opponents of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

All cases to date have been thrown out on the grounds that they are politically motivated or that Turkey’s prison system breaches human rights. The most recent involved a media proprietor, Hamdi Akın İpek.

The Home Office has a duty to certify that extradition requests are legitimate, but has rubber-stamped a stream of Turkish claims that involve the police, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the courts in lengthy and ultimately unsuccessful actions.




Turkey seeks extradition of British-Turkish lawyer on trumped-up terrorism charges



Rights defender, newspaper staff given prison sentences for terrorist propaganda

Human rights lawyer Eren Keskin sentenced to 4 years on terror charges

UK lawyer briefly under arrest over Turkish extradition request alleging Gülen links

The arbitrary detention and long-term imprisonment of 18 lawyers


http://www.diken.com.tr/ozgur-gundem-davasinda-avukat-eren-keskin-ve-gazetecilere-ceza-yagdi/ (TURKCE)

Iran/France: Nasrin Sotoudeh, the fight by the voice

April 11, 2019

(The portrait of Nasrin Sotoudeh displayed on the facade of the headquarters of the National Council of the Bars of France, Paris, March 28, 2019. REUTERS / Charles Platiau)

The prominent Iranian lawyer, newly appointed citizen of honor of the City of Paris, is currently serving a sentence of thirty-eight years in prison. She is also sentenced to 148 lashes for “contempt of court”.Over time, Nasrin Sotoudeh has emerged as the face of the struggle for human rights in a country where they are often flouted. A petition seeking his release has collected nearly 300,000 signatures.

” A beating “, ” a model of obstinacy “, ” a symbol of resilience “. At the mention of Nasrin Sotoudeh, one only gets praise and flattering formulations. It must be said that through her battles, at the head of which are the fight against the compulsory wearing of the hijab and the defense of political opponents, the Iranian lawyer has built a solid reputation in her country. Its notoriety was quick to cross the borders of the Islamic Republic: the jurist has become a standard bearer of the struggle for human rights in the eyes of the international community. Witness the reward that was awarded on April 1: the honorary citizenship of the City of Paris. The Paris Council believes that ” its struggles bring it closer to the values ​​of the capital “.

Her activism, however, led her to multiple stays in prison. Since June 2018, she has been imprisoned in a prison in Evin, north of Tehran. A petition , launched by the National Council of Bars of France , calling on Iran to release it, has collected nearly 300,000 signatures to date. A request reiterated by Emmanuel Macron during his meeting with President Rohani Tuesday, April 9.

The strong character of the 55-year-old lawyer arises from her youth. Nasrin Sotoudeh comes from a traditional family, as is plethora of Iran in the 1960s. If her mother wore the veil, neither she nor her husband made it an imperative for their daughter Nasrin. ” If I had to put it on, I would have refused, ” she said simply to Sara Saidi, correspondent for the daily Libération in Tehran between 2016 and January 2019, in an interview. And the journalist to clarify: ” This is the proof of a certain strength of conviction .”



https://www.le-tout-lyon.fr/me-nasrin-sotoudeh-membre-d-honneur-du-barreau-de-lyon-10923.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.camerepenali.it/cat/9920/nasrin_sotoudeh,_una_vita_per_difendere_alessandria,_29_maggio_2019.html (ITALIANO)

https://pt.globalvoices.org/2019/05/20/por-que-a-republica-islamica-do-ira-tem-medo-de-nasrin-sotoudeh/ (PORTUGUES)


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Image may contain: Reza Khandan, text

Morocco/Spain: Sahara : Morocco expels seven people, including five Spanish lawyers

May 20, 2019

Five Spanish lawyers were expelled, Sunday, by the Moroccan authorities after they arrived at Laayoune airport, Europa Press reports.

Maria Dolores Travieso, a lawyer defended pro-Polisario activist Aminatou Haidar in the past, Ruth Sebastian Garcia, Lourdes Baron, Ramon Campos and Sidi Mohamed Taleb Buya were accompanied by two Norwegian observers from an NGO called Rafto, said the agency.

These seven people went to the Sahara as «observers for the trial of Nezha Khalidi, who is affiliated to Equipe Media group in Laayoune».

The decision of the Moroccan authorities was denounced, Sunday, by pro-Polisario platform Futuro Sahara.

On Thursday, New York-based NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) slammed the Moroccan authorities in a statement, for «using a law designed to keep people from falsely claiming professional credentials to bring criminal charges against people trying to expose abuses».






https://www.abogacia.es/2019/05/20/el-consejo-general-de-la-abogacia-protesta-por-la-expulsion-de-marruecos-de-una-delegacion-de-abogados-observadores-de-derechos-humanos/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.lavanguardia.com/vida/20190520/462372686147/el-consejo-general-de-la-abogacia-protesta-por-la-expulsion-injustificada-de-cinco-espanoles-del-sahara.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.elespanol.com/espana/politica/20190520/incertidumbre-habitacion-sotano-retenido-abogados-espanoles/399960836_0.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.cope.es/actualidad/internacional/noticias/cinco-abogados-espanoles-retenidos-marruecos-mas-horas-20190520_417982 (ESPANOL)

https://www.elconfidencial.com/espana/2019-05-19/marruecos-prohibe-sahara-abogados-espanoles_2009886/ (ESPANOL)

https://telquel.ma/2019/05/20/sept-observateurs-europeens-expulses-par-les-autorites-a-laayoune_1639018/?utm_source=tq&utm_medium=normal_post (FRANCAIS)

https://www.yabiladi.com/articles/details/78500/sahara-maroc-expulse-sept-personnes.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lesiteinfo.com/maroc/le-maroc-expulse-cinq-avocats-espagnols/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.algeriepatriotique.com/2019/05/20/sept-observateurs-internationaux-expulses-par-le-maroc/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.huffpostmaghreb.com/entry/un-groupe-davocats-espagnols-et-norvegiens-detenus-au-maroc-depuis-plus-de-24-heures_mg_5ce2b320e4b09e0578088d23 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.bladna.nl/marokko-spanjaarden-noren-uitzetting,25505.html (NEDERLAND)