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Canada: Toronto lawyer offering $50,000 reward to help find gunman who shot him

September 20, 2017

Randall Barrs

A Toronto lawyer shot outside his Yorkville office a year ago is offering a $50,000 reward to help police nab the man who ordered the gunman to open fire on him.

Randall Barrs said he is putting up the reward money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who compelled the alleged gunman to stalk and shoot him outside his office.

“I’m doing this for all participants in the adversarial criminal justice system we have — criminal defence lawyers, Crowns, judges and police officers,” said Barrs, who was shot twice in the leg by a suspect.

“There’s someone out there who probably thinks he’s gotten away with this a year later. I’m hoping this reward money kick-starts this investigation,” said Barrs.

Career criminal Grayson Delong, 51, was under surveillance by undercover Halton officers on Sept. 20, 2016 from the time he made a 9 a.m. court appearance in Brampton on burglary charges until he drove to downtown Toronto that afternoon.

Delong allegedly ran up behind Barrs and opened fire shortly after 3 p.m. Seconds later, Delong was shot and wounded by a Halton officer while attempting to flee, the SIU alleged.

Delong had stolen licence plates on his vehicle and was wearing a disguise — a blonde wig and a construction worker’s outfit, according to Barrs.

Delong faces charges of aggravated assault and other offences.

http://www.torontosun.com/2017/09/20/toronto-lawyer-offering-50000-reward-to-help-find-gunman-who-shot-him

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/randall-barrs-reward-1.4300803

http://randallbarrs.com/about.html

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Egypt/Brazil/Canada: The Allard Prize and The Case for Public Integrity

September 6, 2017

Peter Allard is heir to a fortune in Canada.

But instead of stashing in a bank or a hedge fund, Allard has decided to give much of it away.

Including $32 million to fund the law school at the University of British Columbia and to fund an $80,000 prize for international integrity.

The prize is awarded every two years — so far in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

This year’s prize winner will be announced September 28 in Vancouver.

Pulitzer prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald will give the keynote address.

So far, the prize has a bias in favor of anti-corruption fighters in the Third World.

In 2013, the finalists were Global Witness, which focuses on corruption in the Third World, an Afghan human rights activist, and the winner was an anti-corruption activist from India.

In 2015, the finalists were Indonesia Corruption Watch, a Russian anti-corruption activist, and the winners were two African anti-corruption investigative journalists.

This year, the finalists are the Brazilian Car Wash prosecution team, an Azerbaijani journalist and an Egyptian human rights worker.

https://www.corporatecrimereporter.com/news/200/peter-allard-prize-case-public-integrity/

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Lawyer and Women’s Rights Defender Azza Soliman is a finalist for the 2017 Allard Prize for International Integrity.

Soliman is a co-founder of the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance and has dedicated her life to fighting corruption and injustice faced by Egyptian women in both the private sphere and the judicial system.

She has worked to support women’s access to justice by using progressive interpretations of religion to influence legislation and combat the monopoly and corruption of religious institutions.

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On September 28th the dream team bringing down corruption in Brazil will be in Vancouver as finalists for the Allard Prize for International Integrity.

This Brazilian anti-corruption prosecution task force has worked to prosecute some of the most powerful Brazilian political leaders, including the popular former president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who was convicted of corruption and money laundering.

(Allard Prize For International Integrity Facebook)

http://www.allardprize.org/

 

DR Congo: The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concern about the arrest and detention of lawyer Sylva Mbikayi in the Democratic Republic of Congo

August 29, 2017

The Law Society of Upper Canadaexpresses grave concern about the arrest and detention of lawyer Sylva Mbikayi in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Law Society received reports that on July 13, 2017, Sylva Mbikayi, a lawyer in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was arrested in the capital city of Kinshasa and detained at the Military Intelligence Headquarters (DEMIAP) in Bumba.

Sylva Mbikayi was arrested without a warrant and without being informed of the reasons for his arrest when he went to DEMIAP to consult his client and friend, activist and lawyer-in-training Jean-Marie Kalonji, who was being detained there.

Jean-Marie Kalonji was arrested a few hours earlier at an exit check-point of a military camp. He had his bag searched by soldiers after he explained “he could not show his passport because it was with an embassy where he had applied for a visa.”1 The soldiers who stopped him questioned his nationality and found in his bag “flyers for a Lumumba scholarship programme set up by the youth movement Quatrième Voie/ il est temps (the fourth way/ it is time).”2Jean-Marie Kalonji was then arrested.

Sylva Mbikayi was immediately notified of Jean-Marie Kalonji’s arrest, and when he went to visit Jean-Marie Kalonji at DEMIAP, Sylva Mbikayi was arrested as well.

Both men have been detained at DEMIAP since their arrest, without being allowed contact with their family members or access to lawyer.

http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/The-Law-Society-of-Upper-Canada-expresses-grave-concern-about-the-arrest-and-detention-of-lawyer-Sylva-Mbikayi-in-the-Democratic-Republic-of-Congo-456437

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147504070

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147504070&langtype=1036 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.newswire.ca/fr/news-releases/le-barreau-du-haut-canada-preoccupe-par-larrestation-et-la-detention-de-lavocat-sylva-mbikayi-en-republique-democratique-du-congo-642132063.html (FRANCAIS)

Egypt/Canada: Egyptian human rights lawyer shortlisted for Canadian human rights award

August 21, 2017

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Lawyer and Women’s Rights Defender Azza Soliman is a finalist for the 2017 Allard Prize for International Integrity.

Soliman is a co-founder of the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance and has dedicated her life to fighting corruption and injustice faced by Egyptian women in both the private sphere and the judicial system.

She has worked to support women’s access to justice by using progressive interpretations of religion to influence legislation and combat the monopoly and corruption of religious institutions.

(Allard Prize For International Integrity Facebook)

http://www.allardprize.org/news/2017-finalists-announced-c100000-allard-prize-international-integrity

https://www.corporatecrimereporter.com/news/200/allard-prize-international-integrity-named-september-28-vancouver/

http://www.allardprize.org/

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/arrest-azza-soliman

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/democracy-post/wp/2017/08/21/egypt-imprisoned-me-for-defending-human-rights-but-i-havent-lost-hope/?tid=ss_fb-bottom&utm_term=.6b31efc24293

http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/27086/new-texts-out-now_tamir-moustafa-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B5%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%B9-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%89-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D9%84%D8%B7%D8%A9

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

http://www.valor.com.br/valor-investe/casa-das-caldeiras/5084514/lava-jato-e-finalista-no-premio-allard-para-integridade-int (PORTUGUES)

Egypt/Canada: Allard Prize Award Ceremony

The 2017 Allard Prize for International Integrity will be awarded at a ceremony to be held in Vancouver, Canada on September 28th, 2017. The $100,000 CAD Prize was established in 2012 and is one of the largest anti-corruption prizes in the world.

The finalists for this year’s prize are Azza Soliman (Egypt), Khadija Ismayilova (Azerbaijan), and Car Wash Task Force (Brazil). The keynote speaker at this year’s ceremony will be internationally renowned journalist Glenn Greenwald.

ABOUT THE FINALISTS:

Azza Soliman – A renowned women’s rights lawyer, Azza Soliman is the co-founder of the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA). She has dedicated her life to fighting corruption and injustice faced by Egyptian women in both the private sphere and the judicial system. She started her activism in 1995 when she was arrested after exposing the torture imposed on female members of the Islamic Group. Soliman has worked to support women’s access to justice by using progressive interpretations of religion to influence legislation and combat the monopoly and corruption of religious institutions. In 2015, Soliman was unjustly charged with unauthorized protest and public order violations after testifying against a policeman who she witnessed killing a female human rights defender during a protest. In response, she founded the “Protecting Witnesses and Whistleblowers Coalition” to help enhance the Rule of Law. Currently, the Egyptian government has curtailed Soliman’s freedom by freezing her law firm’s and her own private assets and banning her from traveling outside Egypt.

http://www.allardprize.org/news/allard-prize-award-ceremony

http://www.allardprize.org/

http://www.voiceonline.com/international-prosecution-azerbaijani/

Canada: Law Society expresses grave concerns regarding human rights violations against members of legal profession

May 31, 2017

The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns regarding human rights violations against members of the legal profession across the globe.

Lawyers should be able to exercise their legitimate duties without fear for their lives, for their liberty or for their security. The Law Society of Upper Canada urges all governments to comply with international human rights laws, including the United Nations’ Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.

The Law Society’s Human Rights Monitoring Group recently issued public statements regarding the following lawyers:

The Human Rights Monitoring Group is a group of benchers of the Law Society of Upper Canada appointed by the Law Society’s governing body to monitor human rights violations that target members of the legal profession and the judiciary as a result of the discharge of their legitimate professional duties.

The Law Society regulates lawyers and paralegals in Ontario in the public interest. The Law Society has a duty to protect the public interest, to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law, to facilitate access to justice for the people of Ontario and act in a timely, open and efficient manner. 

http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/law-society-expresses-grave-concerns-regarding-human-rights-violations-against-members-of-legal-profession-625501204.html

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147503884

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147503884&langtype=1036 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147503883&langtype=1033

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147503883&langtype=1036 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147503881

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147503881&langtype=1036 (FRANCAIS)

Canada: La prison pour avoir brutalisé un avocat!

le 23 mai, 2017

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Un homme écope d’une peine de 90 jours de prison pour s’en être pris physiquement à un avocat de la cour municipale de…

Les événements sont survenus en mars 2015. Pierre-Luc Deschamps est devenu agressif lors d’une rencontre avec l’avocat de la cour municipale de Joliette, Me Pierre-Édouard Asselin, l’empoignant par les épaules et le poussant, avant de quitter le bureau dans lequel ils se trouvaient, selon ce que rapporte l’hebdomadaire L’action.

« Ce genre d’infraction ne doit pas exister », a dit le juge Gilles Garneau lors du prononcé de la sentence de l’homme de 38 ans, de Saint-Thomas. Pierre-Luc Deschamps purgera sa peine les fins de semaine et devra se soumettre à une probation de deux ans.

Lors de l’agression, en mars 2015, Deschamps était à la cour pour répondre de plusieurs dossiers, dont des accusations de conduite avec les facultés affaiblies et de vol d’essence.

Me Asselin a porté plainte à la police et Pierre-Luc Deschamps a été arrêté quelques jours plus tard.

http://www.droit-inc.com/article20379-La-prison-pour-avoir-brutalise-un-avocat