February 2, 2019
The Hague Supreme Court
Brussels, Turkish Embassy
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February 2, 2019
The Hague Supreme Court
Brussels, Turkish Embassy
January 29, 2019
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday rejected a review petition challenging the top court’s decision to acquit Asia Bibi, a peasant Christian woman enmeshed in a years-long blasphemy row.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel took up the petition filed against the top court’s verdict acquitting Asia Bibi of blasphemy charges and setting her free.
Petitioner Qari Muhammad Saalam’s lawyer Ghulam Mustafa presented his arguments before the bench and demanded that a larger bench comprising Islamic scholars be constituted to hear the petition.
Qari Muhammad Saalam had filed a review petition in the Supreme Court Lahore registry through his counsel Ghulam Mustafa Chaudhry, after the apex court acquitted Asia Bibi, who had been on death row since she was convicted on blasphemy charges in 2010.
The petitioner had argued that Bibi confessed to her crimes during investigation, and that a delay in lodging the First Information Request does not imply that the defendant is not guilty of the crime.
The petitioner had also sought to put her name on the Exit Control List till a final decision on the review petition was made.
January 28, 2019
The lawyer of a Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for charges of blasphemy vowed to secure her freedom when the country’s Supreme Court meets Tuesday to reconsider an acquittal announced last year.
Aasia Bibi was released from prison in October but has been under guard in a secret location since then because of death threats from Islamic extremists. Blasphemy against Islam is punishable by death in Pakistan, and the mere rumor that someone has committed blasphemy can ignite lynchings.
If Pakistan’s top court upholds its earlier ruling, Bibi will be free to leave for Canada, where her daughters have already been granted asylum.
Her attorney, Saiful Malook, who has also received death threats and fled the country after her acquittal, is back in Islamabad and will attend Tuesday’s hearing.
“I am sure the review petition … will be rejected,” Malook told The Associated Press on Monday. He said he has asked authorities to provide him with personal security.
The petitioners “have no case against my client, I am sure of that,” Malook added.
The 54-year-old mother of five was arrested in 2009 after being accused of blasphemy following a quarrel with two Muslim farm workers who refused to drink from a water container used by a Christian in a village in eastern Punjab province. A local mob, incited by a cleric, accused Bibi of insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Police arrested her, and she was sentenced to death in 2010.
Her Oct. 31 acquittal led hard-line Islamists to stage nationwide protests for days demanding the re-imposition of her death sentence. Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government promised Bibi would not be allowed to leave Pakistan until her case was reviewed, bringing a halt to protests.
Days later, authorities arrested radical cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi and several of his followers for organizing rallies against Bibi. The cleric and the others remain in custody pending trial for damaging public property and threatening Supreme Court judges.
January 27, 2019
Aasia Bibi’s lawyer Saiful Malook on Sunday returned to Pakistan and is set to attend the hearing on January 29 (Tuesday) of the review petition against the Christian woman’s acquittal on blasphemy charges.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Malook confirmed that he had arrived in Lahore and would attend the top court’s hearing.
“I want to make it clear that I intend to permanently stay in Pakistan but there are still security concerns,” he said.
Malook also appealed to Prime Minister Imran Khan to provide him security in view of the threats he had received.
“In the Netherlands, I fought Pakistan’s case,” he said, adding that, he also tried to remove surrounding the country’s position in the case.
January 26, 2019
Aasia Bibi’s lawyer Saiful Malook, who left for the Netherlands last year due to “security concerns”, has decided to return to Pakistan.
Talking to The Express Tribune by the phone, Malook said he would return to attend the January 29 Supreme Court hearing on the review petition against Aasia’s acquittal of blasphemy charges.
He, however, requested Prime Minister Imran Khan to ensure his security in Islamabad.
According to sources, Malook has decided to return to Pakistan permanently.
At a news conference in The Hague last year, Malook had said he was “put on a plane against my wishes”.
Aasia, a Christian woman, was accused of blasphemy in 2010 and subsequently sentenced to death by the Lahore High Court. However, on October 30, 2018, she was acquitted of the charges by the Supreme Court.
January 24, 2019
Today, the global bar groups rallied in support of the rule of law on the “International Day of the Endangered Lawyer.” The international effort is designed to draw attention to the thousands of lawyers and judges killed or imprisoned each year as they fight for basic legal rights in countries from China to Iran to Venezuela. However, no bar is more devastated than the one in Turkey where thousands of lawyers have been imprisoned and tortured for fighting the authoritarian regime of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Despite the praise from our president, Erdogan has continued a comprehensive campaign against the free press and political dissidents. This campaign however first required the elimination of thousands of lawyers to eradicate the rule of law to make way for his brutal religious-based authoritarian rule.
We previously discussed how Turkey’s rising dictator, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was likely to use the failed military coup to complete his objective to become a virtual dictator (backed by Islamist parties). That dire prediction appears to be fast becoming true with a roundup of thousands and the declaration of a state of emergency. Turkish academics have also been banned from leaving the country as well as the replacement of academic deans. Of course, Erdogan has offered his usual Orwellian rationization for the three-month state of emergency as necessary to protect civil liberties by suspending them “to eliminate the threat to democracy in our country, the rule of law, and the rights and freedom of our citizens.” With that, and the support of his Islamist allies who passed sweeping new powers for the budding Sultan, Erdogan suspended civil liberties in Turkey.
The impact on the Turkish bar has been horrific.
Udine, Camera Penale
Op 24 januari 2019 vindt de jaarlijkse ‘Dag van de bedreigde advocaat‘ plaats. Dit jaar staat de positie van advocaten in Turkije centraal. Met een manifestatie in Den Haag en lezingen in Den Haag en Amsterdam. Wees erbij!
Manifestatie Den Haag
16:00 uur | start bij de Turkse ambassade (Jan Evertstraat 15). Vervolgens om 16:20 uur in optocht naar het Paleis van Justitie (Prins Clausplein 60). De manifestatie wordt afgesloten om 16.45 uur.
Lezing met Ruken Gulagaci, advocaat
17:00 uur – 18:00 uur
Locatie: Paleis van Justitie, Prins Clauslaan 60 te Den Haag, zaal H4.
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18:15 – 19:30 uur – Borrel
Lezing met Ramazan Demir, advocaat
16:00 – 17:00 uur
Locatie: Faculteit der rechtsgeleerdheid, gebouw REC A, zaal A 3.15, Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, 1018 WV Amsterdam
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