Daily Archives: 07/09/2019

Cameroon: Cameroun : Le gouvernement cède à la menace des Avocats

le 6 septembre, 2019

Après le conclave du 4 septembre 2019, faisant suite à l’annonce de grève des Avocats du Barreau national, le gouvernement de la république du Cameroun cède à la menace et accepte le libre exercice de la profession des hommes en robe noire au pays.

En effet, le ministère de la justice a adressé une correspondance aux cours et tribunaux du pays pour leur demander de laisser les auxiliaires de justice exercer librement leur profession. « Ensemble construisons notre état de droit avec un barreau fort et républicain », a écrit Jean De Dieu Momo, signataire de la lettre sur son compte Facebook ce vendredi 6 septembre 2019.

Dans le même ordre d’idée, le Délégué général à la sureté nationale s’est adressé au Minjustice pour lui dire qu’il a répercuté l’information auprès des unités de police et officiers de police judiciaire de laisser les Avocats exercer leur profession. Le Secrétaire d’Etat auprès du Minjustice, chargé de l’administration pénitentiaire a aussi demandé qu’on laisse les Avocats avoir accès aux détenus en prison. C’est le même son de cloche au niveau du Secrétariat d’Etat à la défense (SED).


Cameroun : le gouvernement s’active pour éviter une grève des avocats

Grève des avocats : quand le Barreau secoue Yaoundé



Russia: ‘I Am Always Asked if I Am Afraid’: Activist Lawyer Takes On Putin’s Russia

September 6, 2019

After nearly losing her husband to an attack with lethal poison and surviving repeated clashes with burly Russian police officers, Lyubov Sobol looked on the bright side last week when she was targeted yet again in a long campaign of intimidation.

“At least it wasn’t feces,” Ms. Sobol, a 31-year-old lawyer and opposition activist, said in an interview shortly after an unidentified assailant threw slimy black goop at her as she was getting into a taxi near her Moscow apartment block.

Ms. Sobol has for years annoyed the Kremlin with her dogged pursuit of evidence of graft and greed among associates of President Vladimir V. Putin, particularly the businessman Yevgeny V. Prigozhin, a former hot-dog seller known as “Putin’s cook” who has been indicted by the United States in connection with the troll factory that spearheaded Russian meddling in the 2016 American election.

But Ms. Sobol has in recent weeks become a special hate figure for Russia’s political and business elite thanks to her role as a driving and unbending force behind a wave of street protests that have roiled the Russian capital and led to thousands of arrests.

On Monday evening, she was grabbed by police officers as she left a store in Moscow and held until after midnight for questioning over her role in an “illegal” protest. Appearing in court on Tuesday, she acknowledged repeated violations of restrictions on public gatherings and was fined the equivalent of $4,500, the fifth fine against her in a month.



http://www.rfi.fr/es/contenu/20190906-elecciones-locales-en-rusia-tras-un-verano-de-protestas-duramente-reprimidas (ESPANOL)

Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Lahore lawyers strike against arrest of Advocate Ahmad Mukhtar

September 6, 2019

No photo description available.

On 5.9.19 Ahmad Mukhtar Adv Ferozewala had an exchange of harsh words with police officials regarding a car parking issue. This resulted in an FIR and a raid was conducted by DSP ferozewala with a heavy force at his chambers. After his arrest,he was confined in lockup for a whole night. Ahmad Mukhtar Adv was presented in court today morning with handcuffs in both hands which were held by the Lady Constable just to humiliate him in public. He was depicted as a high profile criminal. This is a condemnable, insulting and humiliating act towards Lawyers Community as well as the judicial system that an individual has been treated in such a manner. The Punjab Bar Council strongly condemns this distressful act and demands an inquiry and strict action against DSP, SHO Ferozwala, and DPO sheikhupura. In condemnation of the above, the lawyers of Lahore division will observe a full day strike on 7.9.19 and will not appear in courts.

Ch. Shah Nawaz Ismail Gujjar
Vice Chairman
Punjab Bar Council

Mr. Iftikhar Ibrahim Qureshi
Chairman Executive Committee
Punjab Bar Council.


(Punjab Bar Council Facebook, 06/09/19)





Day of the Endangered Lawyer

Sweden/USA: ASAP Rocky’s Swedish lawyer injured in Stockholm shooting

September 7, 2019

Henrik Olsson Lilja

A prominent Swedish lawyer who represented US rapper ASAP Rocky in a recent assault case has reportedly been shot multiples times in Stockholm.

Police were called to a shooting in Kungsholmen at around 09:00 local time (07:00 GMT) on Friday.

Paramedics took one person, a man in his 50s, to hospital with gunshot wounds, police said.

The Swedish Bar Association has confirmed the victim is Henrik Olsson Lilja, CBS News reported.

Mr Lilja is reported to be in a serious but stable condition and one suspect has been arrested.

The lawyer represented ASAP Rocky after the rapper’s arrest in Stockholm over an assault during a street brawl on 30 June.

On its website, Stockholm Police described the shooting as “an isolated incident with no known connection to recent violent crimes”.

What happened?

Mr Lilja was shot in the head and chest at his block of flats and then called the police himself with a neighbour’s phone, according to Swedish newspaper Expressen.

A witness told the paper Mr Lilja was shot while wrestling with a man on the ground.

The gunman, who fled the scene in a black SUV, is still at large, the paper reported.


Cameroon: Anger in Cameroon as Maurice Kamto’s trial adjourns

September 6, 2019

Anger in Cameroon as Maurice Kamto's trial adjourns

Angry residents of Yaounde express frustration as the trial of Cameroon’s main opposition leader, Maurice Kamto was adjourned on Friday.

Kamto’s trial for insurrection will now take place on October 8.

“While the charges against them were being read, one of them – counselor Christian Penda Ekoka – felt dizzy and I have to tell you what led to this discomfort. This audience was held in a sort of matchbox, forgive my use of the term. The room is very small and poorly ventilated. We were suffocating and I think this is what led to the discomfort that caused suspension of the hearing”, Kamto’s lawyer, Ntchale Michel said.

Residents reiterate their plea for the Anglophone crisis to be resolved.

“I traveled more than 600 kilometres to attend this trial. For me, it’s a historical trial. We are asking the Biya’s government to do two things, solve the Anglophone crisis and release the political prisoners. This will calm tensions”, psychologist and president of an association for the protection of human rights, Germain Ekwala said.

Maurice Kamto claimed to have won last year’s presidential election. He came in second against President Paul Biya in the polls. Kamto was put to trial along with 88 others in a military court for insurrection.

Human rights groups have denounced the jurisdiction of the military court to try the case.




http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20190906-cameroun-premiere-interruption-le-proces-opposants-dont-maurice-kamto (FRANCAIS)

https://www.voaafrique.com/a/le-proc%C3%A8s-de-maurice-kamto-report%C3%A9/5073443.html (FRANCAIS)

https://teles-relay.com/2019/09/06/cameroun-message-tres-emouvant-de-me-alice-nkom-au-president-paul-biya/ (FRANCAIS)

https://rencontremondiale-worldmeeting.org/arrestation-et-detention-du-professeur-maurice-kamto-petition/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.rcinet.ca/es/2019/09/06/se-pospuso-el-proceso-del-opositor-camerunes-maurice-kamto/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.agenzianova.com/a/0/2593516/2019-09-06/camerun-al-via-oggi-processo-al-leader-di-opposizione-kamto-contro-di-lui-otto-capi-d-accusa (ITALIANO)

The Philippines: PNP exec, 3 others rapped for Rizal lawyer’s murder

July 31, 2019


POLICE Regional Office 4-A director, Brigadier General Edward E. Carranza yesterday told People’s Tonight they have filed  murder charges against a police lieutenant colonel and three non-commissioned officers in connection with the killing of a lawyer and a civilian in Rizal province last May and June.

Charged with murder for their involvement in the killing of Attorney Adilberto Golla Jr. and civilian Conrado Esteban were Lt. Col. Melchor Agusin, Senior Master Sergeant Michael Eralino, Staff Sgt. Alberto Umali and Patrolman Benito Julian Jr.

Several John Does were also included in the complaint sheet.

Except for Eralino who is now under detention, the three other suspects remained at-large and are still being hunted by Calabarzon police agents, Carranza said.

The official said Eralino confessed his role to the twin murder case and identified the three other policemen as his accomplices. In his written affidavit, Eralino claimed that Esteban was killed in an effort to make it appear that he was the one who killed the lawyer.

Golla was shot dead by a still unidentified man armed with an M-16 automatic rifle near his house on Phase 2 Eastwood Greenview Subdivision in Rodriguez, Rizal last May 17 while Esteban was found dead along C-6 Road in Paraiso, Bgy. Gulod Malaya in San Mateo, Rizal last June 4.


Another lawyer shot dead, this time in Rodriguez, Rizal



Thousands protest at Legazpi court against Baldo bail




Uganda: Kidnapped Lawyer finally Rescued

September 6, 2019

Kidnapped Lawyer finally Rescued

After the alarming situation for the allegations over the kidnap of a city lawyer Bony Akol who was reported kidnapped at Najjeera, police has finally cleared the air that he is in the hands of security organs.

Patrick Onyango the police mouth piece Kampala metropolitan said that Akol was arrested by their sister security agencies for obtaining money of false pretence and is detained in a gazetted detention facility but in a good condition.

“He was arrested by one of our sister security agencies for obtaining money by false pretence.

In the picture Akol putting on a red t-shirts with the OC Tubba police post where a case of missing person was registered.

However the Uganda Law Society President Simon Peter Kinobe has asked members of ULS to emphasize the need to improve communication among staff, teamwork, and adding value to all spheres of themselves.

He has made this statement today at the wrap up of the four days capacity building training of Uganda Law Society saying the kidnaps are rampant and targeting everyone in the country.

Kidnapped Lawyer finally Rescued

Uganda Law Society Launches Hunt For Missing Lawyer


China: Imprisoned Lawyer Wang Quanzhang’s Six-year-old Son Once Again Forced Out of School

September 6, 2019

In 2016, the police issued an order to all the kindergartens, including all the early education centers in Beijing’s Shijingshan District (石景山区) to not accept my son at their schools. My son, Quanquan (泉泉), had stayed home, unable to attend school since May 2018. Then, by luck and coincidence, I found a private school that accepted him. Quanquan finally was able to go to school, joining the top kindergarten class there.

It was a hard-won opportunity for Quanquan, and he was very excited. On the first day of school [in 2018], he woke up at 6 am. He tugged at me, acting cute one moment and threatening me the next. I had to get out of bed. We washed together, and after getting dressed, he wanted to go to school. Reluctantly, I told him that the school bus wouldn’t arrive at the gate until 7:48 am. His single-eyelid eyes flashed with ardent hope, and he said to me pleading: “I want to go early to wait at the gate. Please?”

So I gave in, unable to say no to his adorable face. So, we sat on the side of the street waiting for the bus for more than an hour before it was due to arrive. Quanquan was a little anxious; he would stand up and sit down, stand up and sit down again, making me dizzy just watching him. His small pudgy face was full of worry, and he asked me over and over again: “Mom, are you sure we’re waiting in the right place for the school bus?” It was annoying and amusing at the same time; all I could do was answer “Yes!” over and over again. At that time, I thought, it was only children who’ve been unable to attend school who could feel such excitement about going to school.

Imprisoned Lawyer Wang Quanzhang’s Six-year-old Son Once Again Forced Out of School

Jailed China rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang allowed to see wife after four years



16 NGOs Call on UN Member States to Hold China Accountable at Human Rights Council for Persecuting Rights Defenders


https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2019/08/30/il-est-temps-de-mettre-fin-aux-disparitions-forcees-orchestrees-par-le-gouvernement-chinois_5504507_3232.html (FRANCAIS)