Daily Archives: 24/06/2019

Nigeria: Police arrest kidnappers of Ebonyi Lawyer

June 7, 2019

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The Ebonyi State Police Command on Friday arrested five suspected kidnappers that abducted one Barr. Igwe Chigozie at a gunpoint in front of his residence at Goddy Ogbaga avenue in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital.

Briefing journalist at the Police Headquarters Abakaliki, the State Police Commissioner, CP Awosola Awotinde said that the victim was kidnapped in his Toyota Corolla car with Reg number KRD 444 FE and taken to an unknown destination.

CP Awotinde said that operatives of Anti-kidnapping wing of operation puff adder immediately swing into action and the victim was rescued at Ukwuachi along Abakaliki/Enugu express road.

He stated that the kidnappers made away with the victims Samsung Galaxy Prime Core handset, his Toyota Corolla car and a cash sum of N2, 500 adding that on the 19th of May, 2019, one Chibueze Okpara a 33 year old member of the kidnap gang was arrested at Nkwegu Army barracks mammy market by operatives of puff adder.

The CP noted the arrest of Okpara led the police team to Enugu state where the kidnapper’s kingpin and other members of the gang namely Chinedu Okorie “31”, Chibuzor Onyia Onuigbo, “30”, Agbo Emmanuel “31” and Taoreed Folawewo, “39” were arrested at different locations in Enugu State.

According to the CP, items recovered from the gang includes, one locally made revolver pistol with two live AK 47 ammunition, one expended ammunition used during the operation and a total number of 7 cars.

Police arrest kidnappers of Ebonyi Lawyer

Ebonyi: Police Arrest Four Suspected Kidnappers, Recover Seven Cars

Ebonyi: Police arrest four suspected kidnappers, recover seven cars

Police Parade Suspected Kidnap Kingpin, Others In Ebonyi

Cameroon: Lawyers urge gov’t to release Michelle Ndoki

June 8, 2019

Lawyers in Cameroon have called on the government to release firebrand lawyer Michelle Ndoki who has been behind bars for over two months now.

During the opening of the judicial year in Yaounde on Friday June 7, the lawyers urge the government to release Michelle Ndoki and other colleagues incacerated across the country.

Addressing the assembly of lawyers, the President of the Cameroon Bar Association Tchakounte Patie called said the place of their incacerated colleagues is at the bar and not in jails.

Responding to the lawyers, the Minister Delegate at the Ministry of Justice Jean De Dieu Momo said it is important to separate the lawyer from the ordinary citizen when looking at the issues as no citizen is above the law.

He said the lawyers are all detained as citizens suspected who might have committed a crime and has nothing to do with their profession as lawyers.



http://www.cameroon-info.net/article/cameroun-justice-le-barreau-du-cameroun-maintient-la-pression-pour-la-liberation-de-me-345096.html (FRANCAIS)

https://teles-relay.com/2019/06/16/cameroun-un-groupe-davocat-exige-la-liberation-de-me-ndoki/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.camerounweb.com/CameroonHomePage/NewsArchive/Affaire-MRC-le-barreau-insiste-fortement-sur-le-cas-Michelle-Ndoki-464611 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.camer.be/75487/30:27/cameroun-conseil-juridique-et-despotisme-legal-a-yaounde-cameroon.html (FRANCAIS)

http://latribune.avocats.be/michelle-ndoki/ (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Ndoki (FRANCAIS)

https://www.agenzianova.com/a/0/2469852/2019-06-03/camerun-proteste-antigovernative-opposizione-denuncia-354-arresti-3 (ITALIANO)

Turkey/UK: Scholar arrested by police just months before returning to Aberdeen to start prestigious fellowship

June 10, 2019

Hanifi Baris.

Hanifi Baris was previously arrested in Turkey for posting critical commentary online about the country’s leader President Recep Erdogan.

He avoided jail after facing trial this Spring.

But the human rights lawyer, who graduated from Aberdeen University’s Centre of Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law with a PhD two years ago, was again arrested last Thursday by police in Istanbul for “posting items with criminal content on Facebook and Twitter accounts”.

He was notified that a new case had been opened against him on May 31, related to the charge of “insulting the Turkish President” through his social media posts.

The first hearing is due to be held on October 8 this year, at the Bakırköy court in Istanbul.

Since Mr Baris has not received the indictment yet, it remains unclear which of his social media posts form the basis of the case.

The academic is due to return to the Granite City this September, after he was awarded a prestigious three-year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Aberdeen University.

Scholar arrested by police just months before returning to Aberdeen to start prestigious fellowship



Hanifi Bariş awarded Leverhulme Fellowship at CISRUL


Latvia: Caruana Galizias Report Murder ‘Suspects’ To Latvia And Flag Unsolved Killing Of Latvian Lawyer

June 10, 2019

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The family of the late Daphne Caruana Galizia has filed a suspicious transaction report with the Latvian authorities which names people the assassinated journalist had investigated for money laundering and whom the family believes are connected to her subsequent murder.

“We hope that this report brings new evidence to light, helps authorities across Europe bring criminals to justice and helps authorities prevent more murders by taking action to end impunity for the crime and criminal networks that Daphne Caruana Galizia investigated and exposed,” the family said in a statement. “We also hope that others will recognise that they too are able to force accountability and will be inspired to take the necessary action to end impunity and restore the rule of law.”

Contacted by Lovin Malta, a representative of the family chose not to reveal the identities of the people named in the report, only stating that not all of them are Maltese.

However, their statement gives a clear indication of their line of thought

The Caruana Galizias cited the unsolved murder of Martins Bunkus, a Latvian lawyer who fought for the liquidation of Latvian banks implicated in money laundering. These included ABLV Bank, a bank that is in the process of liquidation following instructions by the European Central Bank.

ABLV was last year named by the Daphne Project as the bank which wired €1.1 million to 17 Black, a Dubai company owned by Maltese businessman Yorgen Fenech which was named as the target client for the infamous Panama companies of Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi and the Prime Minister’s chief of staff Keith Schembri.

Caruana Galizias Report Murder ‘Suspects’ To Latvia And Flag Unsolved Killing Of Latvian Lawyer

ABLV Bank – Dirty money, bloody murder



Tajikistan: UN Group Calls On Tajik Government To Release Imprisoned Rights Lawyer

June 6, 2019

Buzurgmehr Yorov was one of the very few lawyers in Tajikistan willing to defend people the government considered opponents.

A UN agency is calling on authorities in Tajikistan to free lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov from prison, saying Yorov’s rights have been consistently violated since the moment of his detention.

Yorov was one of the very few lawyers in Tajikistan willing to defend people the Tajik government considered opponents. Yorov was also a vocal critic of rights abuses.

In September 2015, Yorov agreed to represent 13 high-ranking members of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT). The IRPT had been represented in the Tajik government until March of that year, when it lost its last two seats in parliament. By late August, a Tajik court had banned the party; then, in September, following an armed conflict between government forces and a group loyal to the country’s deputy defense minister, a Tajik court declared the IRPT an extremist group and arrested the members of the party’s leadership who were still in the country. The authorities never publicly offered compelling evidence to substantiate accusations of links between the mutinous deputy defense minister and the IRPT.

On September 26, 2015, Yorov met with one of his clients. Two days later, he made a public statement saying his client was being tortured. Later that same day, Yorov was taken into custody. On October 6, 2016, a court in Tajikistan found Yorov and fellow human rights lawyer Nuriddin Makhamov guilty of fraud, swindling, arousing national, racial, local, or religious hostility, and extremism, and gave them long prison sentences.

Yorov was put on trial two more times with additional time added to his sentence, eventually totaling 28 years.


WGAD decision on detention Yorov



Tajikistan: ICJ calls for immediate release of imprisoned lawyer

UN committee offers grim view Tajikistan’s human rights record

https://akhbor-rus.com/-p2321-161.htm (RUSSIAN)

Honduras: Amenaza de criminalización contra el abogado Mario Portillo en Intibucá


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21 de junio de 2019

El Observatorio para la Protección de los Defensores de Derechos Humanos, programa conjunto de la Organización Mundial Contra la Tortura (OMCT) y de la FIDH, solicita su intervención urgente ante la siguiente situación en Honduras.

Descripción de la situación

El Observatorio ha recibido información del Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos en Honduras (COFADEH) sobre la criminalización y amenaza contra la libertad del abogado defensor de derechos humanos Sr. Mario Amilcar Portillo Contreras en la ciudad de la Esperanza, departamento de Intibucá en Honduras.

Según la información recibida, el 20 de junio de 2019, el Sr. Mario Portillo, en ejercicio de su profesión, actuó en la defensa de un menor de edad y otras tres personas que habían sido detenidas en el desarrollo de una protesta social en la ciudad de la Esperanza y quienes fueron objeto de tratos inhumanos y degradantes. Unas horas más tarde las tres personas fueron liberadas y el Sr. Mario Portillo firmó ante la Policía un documento en calidad de representante.

No obstante, la detención de estas cuatro personas produjo el rechazo de los manifestantes, quienes llegaron hasta la delegación policial a reclamar su liberación. Esta protesta fue dispersada por la Policía a la fuerza, mediante el uso de gases lacrimógenos y se produjeron serios disturbios. En ese contexto tres personas más fueron detenidas.

Durante los disturbios la Policía solicitó al defensor Mario Portillo su mediación para calmar los ánimos de los manifestantes a lo que él accedió. La situación retornó a la normalidad y, posteriormente, las otras tres personas detenidas fueron liberadas y entregadas a una comisión que había sido nombrada por parte de la comunidad para recibirlos.

Según las mismas informaciones, las autoridades departamentales de Intibucá, civiles, policiales y militares habrían decidido presentar cargos contra el abogado defensor responsabilizándolo de ser el coordinador de las protestas y de los daños ocasionados durante los disturbios ocurridos. Su captura podría producirse en las próximas horas.




India: Lawyer shot dead at railway crossing in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj

June 24, 2019

Unidentified persons shot dead a 50-year-old district court lawyer near Gohri railway crossing in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj district on Sunday night, police said

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Unidentified persons shot dead a 50-year-old district court lawyer near Gohri railway crossing in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj district on Sunday night, police said.

The victim, Sushil Kumar Patel, was rushed to SRN Hospital but did not survive, the police said.

The incident came less than two weeks after the chairperson of Uttar Pradesh Bar Council, Darvesh Yadav, was shot dead by another lawyer on the premises of the Agra district court. The attacker, who shot himself after committing the crime, died in a Gurugram hospital on Saturday.

On Sunday, Patel was on his way to Phaphamau from his village on his bike when the assailants riding motocycles overtook him near a railway crossing and shot him.

Eyewitnesses claimed that the lawyer was chased for some distance before being shot in the chest at a close range. The assailants escaped riding their vehicles.







Colombia: Award for human rights defenders by PBI UK to Kenyan and Colombian defenders

June 23, 2019

Kenyan social justice activist Naomi Barasa and Colombian human rights lawyer Daniel Prado have won the first annual Henry Brooke Awards for Human Rights Defenders, created in 2018 by PBI UK and pro bono legal network the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk.

These awards are in honour of the life and legacy of Sir Henry Brooke – barrister at Fountain Court Chambers, founder of the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk and patron of PBI UK – who passed away in January 2018. They are presented annually to defenders who encapsulate the qualities Sir Henry most admired and reflected in his own life: selflessness, courage, and commitment to seeking justice for the oppressed and the marginalised. The award winners were selected by a panel of leading figures from the UK legal and human rights communities.

Daniel Prado was selected as an example of a lawyer who has defied huge personal risk in order to pursue justice for the victims of human rights violations, oppose impunity and defend the rights of marginalised communities against powerful interests. He began his career by providing legal support to the family members of victims of enforced disappearance in the early 1990s and currently works with the Colombian NGO the Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission (CIJP). Among other emblematic cases, Daniel represents victims of paramilitarism in the case of Los Doce Apóstoles (The Twelve Apostles), in which Santiago Uribe, brother of former President and Senator Alvaro Uribe Velez, stands accused of creating paramilitary groups responsible for more than 500 murders. Daniel’s involvement in this and other high-profile cases has seen him exposed to death threats, harassment and a public campaign of defamation and slander. Speaking of his work, he has said: “The risks in Colombia are unstoppable. I have taken many cases that have had consequences for a lot of people… we live in a constant state of anxiety about what can happen to us.

Award for human rights defenders by PBI UK to Kenyan and Colombian defenders


2018 Sir Henry Brooke Award winner calls for civilian rule in Sudan


https://www.elespectador.com/colombia2020/justicia/jep/el-mayor-meneses-debe-contar-en-la-jep-la-alianza-entre-estado-y-paras-daniel-prado-articulo-857889 (ESPANOL)

https://www.elsaltodiario.com/colombia/daniel-prado-paramilitares-llegaron-tener-presidente-colombia-uribe-12-apostoles (ESPANOL)