Daily Archives: 01/07/2019

India: As Bhima Koregaon case accused await bail hearings, families decry dehumanising jail conditions

July 1, 2019

 As Bhima Koregaon case accused await bail hearings, families decry dehumanising jail conditions

Nyayadhin Bandi Kothdi,’ says a board tucked away in a secluded corner of the Sessions Court complex at Shivajinagar, Pune. That is where the under-trial prisoners who are produced in court are kept in transit from Yerwada Jail. Anxious relatives braved the rain on Thursday (27 June) to get a glimpse of their family members, but a thunderstorm put paid to that. Under-trial prisoners here are escorted to court, tied with thick rope, against Supreme Court rulings. However, the police are more careful with regard to the nine arrested in the high-profile Bhima Koregaon case where they seem to obey the law.

Among those who waited that day was Tushar Kanti, husband of Nagpur University professor Shoma Sen, one of those in prison. He had not gone to the jail to meet his wife and he was waiting for the court proceedings that day which were pushed to 3 pm. He said the jail did not provide even chairs for prisoners and they had to sit on the ground. It took three months after some failed attempts to get a chair for Sen with due permission as she has arthritis and finds it difficult to sit on the ground. Now, there is a chair placed in her cell.

The jail also does not have beds, and inmates sleep on blankets on the ground. In the case of 79-year-old poet Vara Vara Rao, also among those arrested, the hard, cold floor is not kind to his age. He is no stranger to jail and has been arrested before. Yet this time, even he is surprised and discomfited by the jail conditions.



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Nigeria: Senate: Lawyer alleges threat to life in Kaduna

July 1, 2019

Yunus Ustaz, SAN, says his life has been threatened by unknown persons for simply representing his client at the National Assembly tribunal in Kaduna.

Ustaz is the counsel to Lawal Adamu Usman popularly known as Mr LA, the candidate of the PDP for Kaduna Central Senatorial zone who is challenging the victory of Uba Sani of the APC.

The lawyer spoke at the weekend in Kaduna ‎shortly after some suspected thugs attacked his client at the venue of the tribunal sitting.

He, however, said he could not be intimidated because he had been attending tribunals since 1983 and was used to things like that.

Armed thugs had pounced on Mr La as he was leaving the courtroom on Saturday.‎ It took the concerted effort of security and the petitioner’s supporters to save him from the thugs.



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