Relatives of apprentice lawyer Rejaul Karim Reja, who died in a prison cell of a Barishal hospital, yesterday alleged that Kotwali police did not record a murder case against three members of Detective Brach of police.
A DB team detained Rejaul at a tea stall near his home on Barishal city’s Hamid Khan Sarak around 8:00pm on December 29 when he was having tea, said his brother-in-law Abdul Barek Hawlader.
The DB that night filed a drugs case against the 30-year-old apprentice lawyer with Kotwali Police Station and handed him over to police, he added.
A local court sent him to jail the following day.
On January 1, he was admitted to Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital. He passed away on Saturday night.
We’re gravely concerned about attacks on lawyers and the independence of the legal profession in Tanzania, which takes the form of disbarments, arrest and detention, and legislative proposals.
Lawyer Fatma Karume
Fatma Karume was recently disbarred, following the Advocates’ Disciplinary Committee decision of 23 September 2020 for statements made in written submissions as well as comments she made on Twitter.
On 20 September 2019, Ms Karume had been suspended as a lawyer by the Tanzanian High Court, which referred the case of her alleged professional misconduct to the committee.
We’re concerned that the High Court suspended Ms Karume from legal practice, even though that court itself recognised that the matter had to be dealt with by a “proper and unfettered forum” and that she had a right to be heard.
Lawyers Jebra Kambole and Edson Kilatu
On 10 March 2020, Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court found nine opposition party leaders guilty of criminal offences, including unlawful assembly, rioting and sedition, and sentenced them to payment of a total of 350 million Tanzanian schillings or a five-month prison term.
The Bar Association said that what happened was a “blatant transgression” of all legal principles by the judge in charge of investigations in the case.
Lawyers in Lebanon went on strike Monday in protest at an assault on a colleague who was arrested and beaten by security forces.
Jimmy Hadchiti came to the defense of his wife, journalist Carla Juha, after she was challenged by a security officer over a parking infraction on the outskirts of Beirut.
A video that was circulated on social media showed Juha and their children inside the vehicle screaming while Hadchiti was surrounded by members of the Internal Security Forces, his face bleeding.
Juha wrote that her husband was arrested by security forces even though he enjoyed Bar Association immunity. “Our collapsed state has become a police state,” she said.
“We went to the police station to file a complaint against the attacker, but the security man there again beat my husband. My husband was subjected to hours of investigation and arrest, although he was the one who was insulted and beaten in front of his children, and they placed handcuffs on his hands as if he were a criminal.”
The Beirut and Tripoli Bar Associations were quick to announce the suspension of work in all Lebanese courts, with the decision taking effect from Monday morning.