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Kenya: The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concern about the harassment of lawyer Simon Lilan in Kenya

February 24, 2017

The Law Society of Upper Canada

The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concern about the harassment of lawyer Simon Lilan in Kenya.

It has come to the Law Society’s attention that Kenyan lawyer Simon Lilan received death threats and experienced other forms of harassment as a result of his advocacy on behalf of the late Kenyan politician Mark Too.

According to reports, on the belief that his client Mark Too had been assassinated, Simon Lilan sought and obtained an injunction to halt Mr. Too’s burial until Mr. Too’s body had been examined by independent pathologists. When the injunction was subsequently revoked, Simon Lilan threatened to seek new orders to have the body exhumed. For “[his] stand on the death of Mr. Too”, he reportedly received death threats from “powerful people [who] want to finish [him]”.[1]

The harassment appears to have been so severe and the threat to his safety so tangible that Simon Lilan felt compelled to go into hiding on January 9, 2017. When he came out of hiding on January 20, 2017, he explained that he went into hiding after being followed by two vehicles whose “occupants were not up to any good” and after receiving calls from senior politicians who wanted him to drop the case. The police reportedly did nothing when he turned to them for protection. Relatedly, when his office was burgled on January 17, 2017, the local police stated that their preliminary investigations showed no signs of a break-in. [2]

While in hiding, Simon Lilan sought asylum from foreign embassies and civil rights organizations. His safety and security continue to be at risk.

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147503540&langtype=1033

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147503540&langtype=1036 (FRANCAIS)

Kenya: High profile Willie Kimani murder trial resumes in camera

February 14, 2017

Lawyers and civil society members demonstrate in Nairobi against extrajudicial killings following the murder of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client boda boda rider Josephat Mwendwa and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri, July 4, 2016. /JACK OWUOR

The high profile trial of five in the murder of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani and two others has resumed but it is now private.

Kimani, 32, his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri were killed and their bodies dumped in Oldonyo Sabuk river.

Justice Jessie Lesiit barred journalists, court orderlies, relatives of the victims and suspects and the general public from sitting in the courtroom.

Lesiit said on Tuesday that the parties will be barred until key witnesses in the protection programme testify in camera.

The prosecution has already called two key witnesses, among them a man who claimed Kimani threw him a tissue paper saying they were in danger.

The team said it had two more witnesses who “cannot testify in public as they are fearful for their lives”.

http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/02/14/high-profile-willie-kimani-murder-trial-resumes-in-camera_c1506726

http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/02/15/willy-kimani-murder-trial-in-camera-to-protect-witness_c1506621

Kenya: Mark Too’s lawyer who went missing ATTACKED in Eldoret

January 29, 2017

Mark Too's lawyer who went missing ATTCKED in Eldoret

– Controversial lawyer Simon Lilan is nursing injuries after he was attacked on Saturday, January 28

– The lawyer to the former MP Mark Too claimed he was attacked by six guards in Eldoret

– He hit the headlines after stopping the burial of the MP claiming he was assasinated

Simon Lilan, lawyer of the late former MP Mark Too is nursing injuries after he was attacked on Saturday, January 28 in Eldoret.

The lawyer who went into hiding weeks ago after Mark Too’s burial said he was beaten up by six guards at the KVDA plaza in Eldoret.

“I argued with then on why they were blocking me from entering my office but they refused to listen,” he said.

He said he was injured on the head and the chest after the guards descended on him as an armed police office at the building watched.

The guards claimed Lilan refused to sign the visitors book, a requirement for all people entering the building.

https://www.tuko.co.ke/228895-mark-toos-lawyer-missing-attacked-eldoret.html

South Sudan/Kenya: South Sudanese human rights advocate ‘at risk of torture and persecution’

January 25, 2017

Dong Samuel Luak

A prominent South Sudanese activist currently held in Kenya faces torture and persecution if he is illegally deported back to South Sudan, a human rights group warned on 25 January.

Lawyer and human rights advocate Dong Samuel Luak was in charge of the South Sudan Law Society, an NGO focused on promoting justice and the rule of law, between 2002 to 2013.

Luak fled to neighbouring Kenya in August 2013, after receiving death threats following his defence of Pagan Amum, the former secretary general of South Sudan’s ruling party accused of an alleged coup plot.

Since South Sudan’s conflict began in December 2013, Luak, who is the opposition forces SPLM-IO‘s deputy chairman for justice and human rights, has publicly condemned human rights abuses by South Sudanese government officials.

Luak was detained by Kenyan authorities on 23 January, prompting social media users to use the hashtag #WhereIsDong? in support of the activist.

According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the refugee is being held at the Nairobi Area Police Headquarters. Subject to a deportation order, Luak is is at risk of a forced return to South Sudan, where he could face persecution, HRW said.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/south-sudanese-human-rights-advocate-risk-torture-persecution-1602970

http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/01/25/hrw-raises-red-flag-over-arrest-of-south-sudanese-rights-advocate-in_c1494154

http://allafrica.com/stories/201701260061.html

http://sudantribune.com/spip.php?article61501

http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-page4.1.ken.170123.htm (FRANCAIS)

Kenya: Please help us find our missing son, lawyer’s kin plead

January 14, 2017

The family of missing lawyer Simon Lilan is asking the government to help them find him.

Mr Lilan’s father, 80-year-old Henry Kiptalam, told the Sunday Nation that all the family wanted is to see their kin whether dead or alive.

“All we want is to see our beloved one who has been the breadwinner to this family and that will make me a happy man,” said Mr Kiptalam.

Mzee Kiptalam, the father of eight children who received the news of his second born son’s disappearance on January 11 with grief, appealed to the government to aid in searching and investigations since it has machinery to do so.

“As a family we are very worried about the whereabouts of our son. We do not have any means to track him and this is why we are asking the government to please help us find him,” he pleaded.

http://www.kdrtv.com/please-help-us-find-our-missing-son-lawyers-kin-plead/

http://www.lrwc.org/kenya-immediately-investigate-and-remedy-enforced-disappearance-of-lawyer-simon-lilan-letter/

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000230018/human-rights-group-offers-to-trace-missing-eldoret-lawyer

Kenya: NIS joins search for missing lawyer Simon Lilan

January 13, 2017

Steve Biko, who is the late former Nominated MP Mark Too's family lawyer, addresses journalists in Eldoret, Janaury 12, 2017. /MATHEWS NDANYI

The national intelligence service has joined the search for Eldoret lawyer Simon Lilan who made sensational claims after former Nominated MP Mark Too’s death.

Lilan, who claimed Too was assassinated for his vast wealth and political reasons and that his widow Mary would also be killed, went missing five days ago.

A senior official of the National Security Intelligence Service, told the Star that the lawyer’s mobile phone data had been collected.

The officials who did not want to be named said they were working with the CID to find him.

Read: Lilan goes missing, had complained about threats

This comes amid pressure by the Law Society of Kenya for and end to what it termed rising cases of missing lawyers.

The society came out strongly when human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and their taxi driver Joseph Muiruri went missing on June 23, 2016.

Lawyers held countrywide demonstrations calling for an end to extrajudicial killings.

http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/01/13/nis-joins-search-for-missing-lawyer-simon-lilan_c1486990

http://www.hivisasa.com/national/news/190158

http://www.mediamaxnetwork.co.ke/news/289476/cops-summon-missing-eldoret-lawyer-relatives/

http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/01/12/lsk-puts-foot-down-after-second-lawyer-simon-lilan-goes-missing_c1486595

http://www.nation.co.ke/news/LSK-asks-police-to-find-missing-lawyer/1056-3515518-ynec5t/

Kenya: PANIC AS LAWYER GOES MISSING DAYS AFTER CLAIMING MARK TOO WAS ASSASSINATED

January 11, 2017

Eldoret-based lawyer Simon Lilan addresses the media in Eldoret town. Members of his family have said the lawyer has gone missing. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA

http://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/news/panic-lawyer-goes-missing-days-claiming-mark-assassinated/

I have received with alarm the news of the disappearance of advocate and LSK member Simon Lilan.

The LSK has been in communication with his family from whom we have learnt that Mr. Lilan was last seen on the 9th January, 2016 on which date he called me at 17:52hrs after calling and speaking to the Chair, LSK North Rift branch between 17:32hrs and 17:37hrs of the same date.

I am further informed the family has formally reported to the police his disappearance and remain very concerned for his safety.

I have spoken to the Inspector General of the National Police Service who has given his assurance that the police has received a missing person report and are looking for Mr. Lilan. I urge the police to carry out thorough investigations to locate Mr. Lilan and facilitate his safe return to his family.

Isaac E. N. Okero
President, Law Society of Kenya

(source Law Society of Kenya Facebook)

http://www.nation.co.ke/counties/uasin-gishu/Lawyer-Simon-Lilan-goes-missing/1183334-3513438-axg8rqz/

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ktnnews/index.php?videoID=2000120189&video_title=ktn-prime-police-launch-probe-into-disappearance-of-late-mark-too-s-lawyer-simon-lilan

http://allafrica.com/stories/201701110572.html