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The Netherlands: Killing of crown witness’s lawyer Derk Wiersum shocks Amsterdam

September 18, 2019

Derk Wiersum was the lawyer for Nabil Bakkali, a crown witness in a case against 16 men accused of five murders.

The killing of Wiersum sent shockwaves in the Netherlands [Michel van Bergen/EPA-EFE]

 

A Dutch lawyer in a high-profile case against a group of men charged with a series of drug-related killings was shot dead in Amsterdam on Wednesday morning, police said.

The victim was identified as 44-year-old Derk Wiersum, a defence lawyer for Nabil Bakkali, a crown witness in the case against 16 men accused of five murders and one attempted murder in the Netherlands between 2015 and 2017.

The killing of Wiersum, a father and long-time criminal lawyer in Amsterdam, has sent shockwaves through the city and its justice system.

Police said they were searching for a youth aged between 16 and 20, who ran away after the shooting, which took place shortly after 7:30am local time (05:30 GMT).

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/killing-crown-witness-lawyer-derk-wiersum-shocks-amsterdam-190918093833974.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49740366

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/18/of-lawyer-in-gangster-case-shocks-the-netherlands

https://www.dw.com/en/dutch-lawyer-involved-in-drug-gang-case-slain-in-amsterdam/a-50474745

https://nltimes.nl/2019/09/18/mps-lawyers-shocked-assassination-key-witness-lawyer

Defence lawyer in major gangland killing case is shot dead

https://nltimes.nl/2019/09/18/slain-attorney-father-two-killed-next-wife

https://www.tellerreport.com/news/2019-09-18—nctv-sets-up-security-team-after-death-of-lawyer-derk-wiersum-.Syl8JaywH.html

https://www.tellerreport.com/news/2019-09-18—nctv-will-investigate-the-murder-of-lawyer-derk-wiersum-.HykQ7s1PH.html

https://www.lawsociety.ie/gazette/top-stories/rule-of-law-under-attack-as-dutch-lawyer-murdered/

https://www.geenstijl.nl/5149628/advocaat-kroongetuige-nabil-b-doodgeschoten/ (NEDERLANDS)

https://www.nu.nl/binnenland/5994681/nctv-richt-team-op-voor-beveiliging-na-dood-advocaat-derk-wiersum.html?redirect=1 (NEDERLANDS)

https://www.linda.nl/nieuws/advocaat-derk-wiersum-liquidatie-nabil-b-kroongetuige/ (NEDERLANDS)

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/l4l-geschokt-door-de-liquidatie-advocaat/ (NEDERLANDS)

http://r.email3.wikafi.be/mk/mr/di8WpH3glwNErgw4KDWFcJztAlLf-DO-j9xlkGFSoGar40JE_gYf0c7nrDLP4ZhqMijKvGzBIaFfptLpfeqr8sglV2gwcpVxutJL7g (FRANCAIS & ENGLISH)

http://www.leparisien.fr/faits-divers/pays-bas-un-avocat-abattu-en-pleine-rue-a-amsterdam-18-09-2019-8154477.php (FRANCAIS)

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The Board and the Coordinator of the Foundation Day of the Endangered Lawyer are deeply shocked by the horrifying murder attack this morning in Amsterdam on the human rights lawyer Derk Wiersum, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Our thoughts are with his family members and friends.

Our Foundation notes that this murder is also an attack on the State of Law and the Rule of Law. We wonder how the protection or the safety of this very fine colleague was taken care of by the State, especially because he had been threatened recently as a lawyer in the ‘crown witness case’.

We wonder how it is possible that the fact that our wonderful colleague gave legal aid can lead to this murder attack?

The United Nations principles on the role of lawyers not only strongly condemn all attacks on lawyers who perform their professional duty, but also urge states to guarantee the safety of lawyers and take all necessary measures to reach that goal. Furthermore, we see the attack on our colleague as very inhumane and urge the Dutch government to start a thorough investigation to those who ordered and committed this murder.

On behalf of the Foundation Day of the Endangered Lawyer and the other international lawyer organizations mentioned,

Hans Gaasbeek and Symone Gaasbeek-Wielinga

Gaasbeek en Gaasbeek Advocaten

🏴 Le Barreau de Marseille est indigné ! 🏴

L’avocat pénaliste Derk Wiersum, âgé de 44 ans, a été assassiné hier en pleine rue à Amsterdam.

Il défendait un témoin clé dans le procès de deux personnes accusées de meurtre et trafic de drogue.

Cela est intolérable.

Nous tenons à exprimer notre solidarité envers nos confrères Hollandais, ainsi que nos sincères condoléances à la famille et aux proches de Derk Wiersum.

(Barreau de Marseille Facebook, 19/09/19)

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Pakistan/The Netherlands/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Celebrating Dissent: Interview Marathon part 5: Threatened lawyer Saif-Ul-Malook 2019 08 30

September 13, 2019

31 August-1 September 2019, Celebrating Dissent Festival, Amsterdam

Photos of Celebrating Dissent Festival at De Balie in Amsterdam

Persecuted Pakistani Christian woman builds new life in Canada

https://www.dw.com/en/deaths-in-custody-the-culture-of-police-torture-in-pakistan/a-50474723

https://thewire.in/south-asia/the-culture-of-police-torture-in-pakistan

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

September 6, 2019

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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)

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Pakistan/Canada/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Asia Bibi pleads for justice for victims of Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws as she plans to settle in Europe

August 31, 2019

In her first ever newspaper interview, Asia Bibi told The Sunday Telegraph she had at times fallen into despair

As Asia Bibi sits free at last in a secret location in Canada, the Pakistani Christian woman who spent years on death row after a false blasphemy charge thinks of those left behind still facing the same ordeal.

Nearly four months after the 54-year-old finally left Pakistan following a miscarriage of justice that caused worldwide outcry, she has the opportunity to rebuild a new life for her and her daughters.

Yet while she is enthusiastically grateful for the international efforts to free her, she says the world should know that Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws have left many others still behind bars.

In her first ever newspaper interview, she told The Sunday Telegraph she had at times fallen into…

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/31/asia-bibi-pleads-justice-victims-pakistans-harsh-blasphemy-laws/

https://windsorstar.com/news/canada/asia-bibi-pakistani-christian-given-shelter-in-canada-plans-to-move-to-europe/wcm/9540226f-3452-4112-95fe-2970bfcf9b6d

Asia Bibi Slams Blasphemy Laws in First Interview Since Release After Nearly a Decade on Death Row

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2019/september/asia-bibi-slams-blasphemy-laws-in-first-interview-since-release-after-nearly-a-decade-on-death-row

Asia Bibi pleads for justice for victims of Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws

Asia Bibi calls for ‘proper investigation’ into blasphemy cases

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

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

https://eldh.eu/2019/07/25/day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-24-january-2020-pakistan/

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Pakistan/UK/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Baloch hold anti-Pakistan protest to demand release of disappeared activists

August 31, 2019

Baloch political activists on Friday gathered outside British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s house at 10 Downing Street to seek his immediate intervention for the release of thousands of Baloch activists languishing in detention centres in Pakistan.

The protests were organised by Baloch National Movement (BNM) (UK-zone) on the occasion of the International Day of the Disappeared.

Demonstrators raised slogans against Pakistani Army for abducting, torturing and killing Baloch political activists. Shouts of Pakistani Army a “terrorist army” were heard during the protests.

“Baloch activists are facing the worst kind of brutality by the Pakistan forces. They are abducted, tortured, and killed. We are here today to let the world know what is happening with the Baloch people,” said BNM leader Hakeem Baloch.

The BNM submitted a memorandum to British PM, urging the UK government to halt any financial aid to Pakistan and pressurise the country for the safe release of Baloch people, who have been forcibly disappeared at the hands of the Pakistani Army.

The memorandum noted that more than 20,000 human rights campaigners, educationists, journalists, students, lawyers, and political activists have disappeared in Pakistan, while another 6,000 have been tortured/murdered in custody.

https://www.wionews.com/south-asia/baloch-hold-anti-pakistan-protest-to-demand-release-of-disappeared-activists-246763

https://www.aninews.in/news/world/europe/baloch-hold-anti-pakistan-protest-to-demand-release-of-disappeared-activists20190831082839/

DAY OF THE ENDANGERED LAWYER – 24 January 2020 – PAKISTAN

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Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Contempt notice for PBC leader withdrawn

August 31, 2019

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Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth on Friday withdrew a contempt notice issued to Pakistan Bar Council vice-chairman Syed Amjad Shah after a delegation of senior lawyers from across the country called on him and requested him to drop the charges.

Few days ago, a notice was issued to the PBC vice-chairman through the high court’s additional registrar asking him to appear before the chief justice on Aug 30 in relation to certain allegations he had made in an interview on an internet channel on July 20.

The senior lawyers declared the meeting with the chief justice a jirga in line with the longstanding rich traditions of the province.

Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth began hearing into the case in the morning but it was put off at the request of senior lawyers.

The hearing resumed later in the day after a meeting with the ‘jirga’ members.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1502694/contempt-notice-for-pbc-leader-withdrawn

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/519841-lawyers-jirga-phc-cj-withdraws-contempt-of-court-notice-to-pbc-vice-chairman

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Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Punjab lawyers on strike against murderous attacks

August 30, 2019

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The Punjab Bar Council strongly condemns the murderous attack on Mr. Nouman Qureshi Ex-Member Punjab Bar Council & his Advocate brother at his office in which he got injured. Such incidents depict the failure of the law enforcement agencies. In condemnation of the aforesaid incident the lawyers of Lahore division will observe a full day strike on 31.08.2019 and will not appear in the courts. The Punjab Bar Council also demands the immediate arrest of the culprits who flood away from the scene of occurrence. The Punjab Bar Council demands strict action to be taken against the culprits in accordance with the law.

Ch Shah Nawaz Ismail Gujjar
Vice Chairman
Punjab Bar Council

Iftkhar Ibrahim Quraishi
Chairman Executive Committee
Punjab Bar Council.

(Punjab Bar Council Facebook, 30/08/19)

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