Daily Archives: 18/08/2019

India: Four operatives of extortion gang nabbed in Nabarangpur for threatening advocate

August 17, 2019

Four operatives of extortion gang

Nabarangpur: Police claim to arrested four operatives of an extortion gang, who are involved in threatening a lawyer with a gun, in Nabarangpur.

Addressing a presser, Nabarangpur SP Nitin Kumar Kar said that four members of the anti-social gang have been arrested while four others are on the run. A pistol, Rs 1 lakh cash, two mobile phone and three bikes also seized from their possession.

The arrested were identified as Umashankar Jogi alias Shibu of Tentulikhunti, Madan Bhatra of Bhatigaon, Krushna Bisoi, and Kruti Harijan of Sindhiguda village, the police said and added that accused Shibu was earlier arrested in the kidnapping case of a business man-Sunil Sahu and released on bail a month ago.

The police further disclosed the identities of other members of the extortion gang and they are- Dasratha Panda, Hemant Panda, Satya Padhi and Golekh Naik. “Efforts are underway to trace them,” the police added.

According to police, on August 4, operatives of the criminal gang threatened an advocate with guns at a mango farm near Sajiguda village in a bid to extort Rs 3 lakh from him. They threatened to eliminate him if he fails to give the extortion amount and also shot two bullets in the air to terrorise the advocate. After getting assurance from the lawyer, the desperadoes sped away on motorcycles.

The following day, the advocate handed over Rs 1.09 lakhs to accused Shibu and pleaded for more time to arrange the rest amount. However, the accused kept on threatening him to eliminate his entire family along with him, if his demand is not fulfilled.

With no other options left, the victim lodged a complaint with the police. On the basis of the plaint, a case (171/19) was registered and a special team launched a probe. Following this, four operatives of the extortion gang were arrested.

Four operatives of extortion gang nabbed in Nabarangpur for threatening advocate

India/Jammu & Kashmir: Over 600 politicians & lawyers detained in Jammu & Kashmir up until now

August 17, 2019

Police personnel block the road near the residences of former CMs Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar

Over 600 politicians and lawyers have been detained by authorities in Jammu and Kashmir since the intervening nights of 4 and 5 August, ThePrint has learnt.

A top government functionary told ThePrint that the detained individuals include those arrested by the state police; or put under preventive custody at detention centres; or house arrested; or sent to prisons outside Kashmir.

The figure does not account for other locals, mostly youth, who have been taken into custody from various parts of Kashmir on the apprehension that they may mobilise people in small towns and villages.

“Giving the total headcount will be difficult at the moment because there is no centralised mechanism overlooking the arrests. The arrests are being undertaken by local police. But roughly the numbers are more than 600,” said the government functionary who didn’t wish to be identified.

Over 600 politicians & lawyers detained in Jammu & Kashmir up until now

Over 600 Kashmiri politicians, lawyers, activists arrested by India: report

https://news.yahoo.com/eight-protesters-injured-restrictions-reimposed-kashmir-officials-091741812.html

https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/judicial-history-of-article-370-sc-rulings-on-jk-special-status-147257

http://www.rfi.fr/asie-pacifique/20190818-cachemire-4000-personnes-arretees-revocation-autonomie-inde (FRANCAIS)

Turkey: Turkey’s provincial bar associations wage unexpected war on Ankara

August 17, 2019

Feyzioğlu

The Turkish Bar Association, said on Saturday that its president Metin Feyzioğlu would attend a ceremony marking the beginning of the judicial year at the Turkish Presidency’s Congress and Culture Centre in Ankara despite provincial bar associations’ calls for a boycott, Artı Gerçek news site reported.

According to Birgun newspaper, so far 41 provincial bar associations, including those in Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, announced that they had declined the invitation to attend the event over ethical concerns. Only three associations have accepted participating the ceremony, according to the same newspaper.

In a statement on Friday, the Istanbul Bar Association said it could not accept a choice of venue that conflicted both with the constitution’s 104th article, which deal with the president’s duties in relation to the judiciary, but also with ethical standards outlined in a legal reform package unveiled in May.

The Ankara Bar Association on Saturday said in a written statement that attending an event for the new judicial year at the presidential venue would mean reproducing the political pressure over the judiciary.

The association said the existing circumstances in Turkey had been surpassing both the rule of law and the separation of powers.

Turkish Bar Association, the umbrella organisation of provincial bodies, said in a written statement that Feyzioğlu would attend the event and deliver a speech.

“What our colleagues and nation expect is solve our problems through dialogue. We fully believe that we can solve those problems together by discussing and through dialogue,” it said.

The European Commission said in its annual report on Turkey published in May that the country had been experiencing considerable backsliding in the rule of law and the judiciary. The EU’s executive body said there were serious concerns on the independence of the judiciary, noting that some 30 percent of the judges and prosecutors were either dismissed or removed following a coup attempt in 2016.

https://ahvalnews.com/turkish-judiciary/turkeys-provincial-bar-associations-wage-unexpected-war-ankara

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-17/erdogan-faces-backlash-from-lawyers-boycotting-palace-ceremony

Bar associations refuse to attend judicial year opening at Presidential Palace

https://ahvalnews.com/turkish-judiciary/turkish-bar-associations-reject-invitation-state-ceremony-presidential-venue-over

https://ahvalnews.com/rule-law/turkey-109th-out-126-countries-rule-law-index

https://bianet.org/english/law/206052-turkey-ranks-worse-in-rule-of-law-index

https://www.dw.com/en/european-parliament-votes-to-suspend-turkeys-eu-membership-bid/a-47902275

https://ahvalnews.com/turkey-eu/eus-blind-eye-turkey-may-prove-costly

9 bar associations to boycott new judicial year opening at presidential palace

https://www.france24.com/en/20190818-turkish-lawyers-threaten-boycott-of-erdogan-s-courts-ceremony

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-bar-associations-to-boycott-judicial-year-ceremony-145859

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/turkish-bar-groups-boycott-court-ceremony-at-erdogan-s-palace-1.3990123

Turkish Bar Associations boycott new judicial year opening at presidential palace (updated)

https://ahvalnews.com/turkish-judiciary/dozens-top-appeals-court-members-boycott-court-ceremony-erdogans-palace

European Court of Human Rights: ICJ and others intervene in case of former Amnesty Turkey Chair Taner Kiliç

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_Bars_Association

http://www.tabloidgazete.com/metin-feyzioglu-saraydaki-torene-katilacak/ (TURKCE)

https://halkweb.com.tr/barolar-daveti-reddetmisti-peki-tbb-ne-yapacak/ (TURKCE)

https://www.barobirlik.org.tr/ (TURKCE)

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/les-avocats-turcs-menacent-de-boycotter-une-ceremonie-d-erdogan-20190818 (FRANCAIS)

Russia: Activist emerges as new leader of Moscow election protests

August 16, 2019

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After a monthlong hunger strike, it’s a struggle for Lyubov Sobol to even raise her hands. Every gesture is difficult for the frail 31-year-old political activist.

This summer’s wave of anti-government protests in Moscow propelled her to the forefront of Russia’s opposition movement. Her name rang out on the streets of the capital, packed with demonstrators angered by the refusal of election authorities to allow independent candidates, including Sobol, on the ballot for the Moscow Duma, or city council.

Sobol has been the prime target of attacks by both the Kremlin-friendly media and election officials.

“The attitude to me is different because I work harder than others and I don’t let people get away with lies,” Sobol told The Associated Press. “I’m not afraid of telling people to their face what I think of them.”

Moscow has been gripped by weekly protests for more than a month over the nearly two dozen candidates from across the political spectrum who have been excluded from the Sept. 8 election.

The numbers continue to grow: the Aug. 10 rally was Russia’s biggest in eight years, and heavy-handed police tactics against peaceful protesters illustrates just how jittery the Kremlin is about the movement. More than 2,000 people were detained, and videos of riot police beating protesters were widely circulated.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov broke a month of silence Monday, praising the police and saying President Vladimir Putin has not spoken on the subject because he views the rallies as too insignificant to worry about.

Sobol, bespectacled and with a pony tail of platinum blond hair, has emerged in what has mostly been a leaderless movement, galvanized by the authorities’ disregard for voters’ rights. Protesters have been chanting her name at the rallies as well as slogans rich with wordplay: Lyubov literally means “love” in Russian.

A graduate of Russia’s most prestigious law school, she has been behind some of the most visible anti-corruption investigations run by the country’s undisputed opposition leader, Alexei Navalny.

http://longisland.news12.com/story/40927876/activist-emerges-as-new-leader-of-moscow-election-protests

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/opposition-politician-sobol-ends-month-long-hunger-strike-amid-moscow-protests-a66862

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/16/putin-20-years-in-power-producing-new-generation-of-protesters

https://www.economist.com/europe/2019/08/15/protests-in-moscow-show-that-putins-critics-are-getting-stronger

https://www.npr.org/2019/08/21/752912770/the-government-is-very-afraid-meet-moscow-s-new-opposition-leader-lyubov-sobol

https://www.euronews.com/2019/08/23/russian-opposition-activist-alexey-navalny-is-released-from-prison

https://www.facebook.com/soboll.ru/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyubov_Sobol

http://ftimes.ru/265051-lyubov-sobol-perestala-golodat.html (RUSSIAN)

https://www.lemonde.fr/m-le-mag/article/2019/08/09/lioubov-sobol-l-intransigeante-avocate-du-peuple-russe_5498094_4500055.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.elle.fr/Societe/News/Lioubov-Sobol-la-femme-qui-defie-Poutine-3802587 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.infobae.com/america/mundo/2019/08/17/la-odisea-de-protestar-contra-putin-en-rusia-que-reclaman-los-manifestantes-que-desafian-la-represion/ (ESPANOL)

https://thedailycases.com/le-autorita-russe-devono-porre-fine-alla-brutale-repressione-delle-proteste-in-piazza/ (ITALIANO)

https://oglobo.globo.com/mundo/moscovitas-vao-as-ruas-contra-veto-opositores-em-eleicao-23885190 (PORTUGUES)

https://www.worldjournal.com/6448404/article-%E4%BF%84%E5%8F%8D%E5%B0%8D%E6%B4%BE%E5%A4%A7%E5%B0%87-%E7%B4%A2%E6%B3%A2%E7%88%BE%E7%B5%95%E9%A3%9F%E8%99%9F%E5%8F%AC%E6%8A%97%E8%AD%B0/?ref=%E5%9C%8B%E9%9A%9B (CHINESE)

https://www.upmedia.mg/news_info.php?SerialNo=69605 (CHINESE)

Malaysia: Police detain man who threatened to kill lawyer Syahredzan

August 17, 2019

A 28-year-old man has been detained in connection with the death threat issued against lawyer Syahredzan Johan (pic) on Facebook, says Deputy Comm Datuk Roslan Bek Ahmad.

The Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief said the suspect, who works as a storekeeper and a security guard, was detained at an apartment in Bandar Sri Damansara at 2am on Saturday (Aug 17).

“He has been remanded until Tuesday (Aug 20).

“We are investigating the matter under Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation, ” he said.

DCP Roslan Bek also advised the public not to spread unverified news or make sensitive comments on social media that might stir racial unrest and disrupt the unity of people of various ethnic backgrounds.

Meanwhile, Syahredzan also tweeted his appreciation over the quick action by the police.

“I was informed that the suspect who threatened me has been arrested and remanded. Thank you, police, for their fast and professional action, ” he tweeted.

On Wednesday (Aug 14), Syahredzan received a death threat on social media after he suggested that controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik’s permanent resident status be rescinded.

He tweeted on Wednesday (Aug 14) night that the death threat was posted on Facebook.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/08/17/police-detain-man-who-threatened-to-kill-lawyer-syahredzan

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/488349

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/08/17/cops-have-man-who-made-death-threat-against-kit-siangs-pol-sec-over-zakir-n/1781628

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/176312

https://aajtak.intoday.in/story/malaysia-police-caught-the-man-who-threatened-syahredzan-johan-lim-kit-siang-permanent-residency-of-zakir-naik-tut-1-1111400.html (HINDI)

Nigeria: Lawyer arraigned in court over Facebook post

August 17, 2019

A 59-year-old lawyer, Ogedengbe Oiseoruemi Ayodeji, has been arraigned before an Oredo Magistrate Court, for allegedly publishing false information on his Facebook account over Edo University, Iyamho.

The accused was arraigned on a four-count charge punishable under section 517,375, 517 and 59(1) of the Criminal Code, as applicable in Edo State.

The prosecuting counsel, Thomas Ojo, told the Court that on June 22, the accued and others now at large with the intent to injure the reputation of Edo University, Iyamho, unlawfully published a defamatory matter on his Facebook account name Ogedengbe Oisoruemi Ayodeji Uduanghe, titled ‘press statement Friday 21, June 2019, NUC revokes Edo University Iyamho, operating licences.’

“That you and others now at large did conspired among yourseles to publish fake news with intent to cause fear and alarm to the public, thereby committing the offence punishable under section 517 of the Criminal Code,” he said.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges in Court, while his counsel led by Peter E. Uwadiae pleaded with the Court to grant him bail.

Uwadiae who led 27 other cousel in the defence of the accused, told the Court that the accused is a legal practitioner and would not jump bail if granted.

He urged the Court to grant the accused bail on self recognition and that the Benin Branch of the Nigeria Bar Association will ensure that he attends trial.

The presiding magistrate, I .U. Iyoha granted the accused bail on self recognition and adjourned the case to September 3, for continuation of hearing.

Lawyer arraigned in court over Facebook post

Fake News lands Edo lawyer in trouble

Breaking! Lawyer Dragged To Court For Facebook Post

https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/lawyer-charged-with-publishing-fake-news-about-edo-university.html