Prominent Bangladesh lawyer disappears after Islamist trials

DHAKA, Bangladesh –  A prominent Bangladeshi lawyer who fought the state's case in a high-profile murder trial against Islamist extremists has disappeared, police said Sunday, April 1, with grave fears for his safety. Ratish Chandra Bhowmik, a respected prosecutor and champion of minority rights, has not been seen since he left ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerApr 1st, 2018

Catholic priest disappears

DHAKA -- A Catholic priest has disappeared in Bangladesh, police said Wednesday, a day before Pope Francis starts a landmark visit to the Muslim-majority nation wracked by Islamist extremism. Walter William Rosario, 40, is from the same village in northern Bangladesh where suspected Islamist extremists last year hacked a Catholic….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsNov 29th, 2017

Amal Clooney appeals to Suu Kyi for reporters release

UNITED NATIONS, USA – Prominent human rights lawyer Amal Clooney appealed to Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday, September 28, over a pardon for two Reuters journalists imprisoned in Myanmar, saying the Nobel laureate held the key to their release. The two fathers, accused of breaching Myanmar's state secrets law ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018


By: Jennifer P. Rendon & Jomarie A. Billones HE WENT away in almost similar fashion his former boss did. Lawyer Edeljulio Romero is dead. Romero, who became prominent after defending alleged slain drug lord Melvin Odicta Sr and other suspected drug personalities, was gunned down while having lunch at a cafeteria in Barangay Culasi, Roxas City, […] The post ODICTA LAWYER GUNNED DOWN appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

Tagum lawyer ambushed

DAVAO CITY – Motorcycle gunmen ambushed a prominent lawyer in a daring broad daylight attack Monday in Tagum City in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

Lawyer for ex-Malaysian leader Najib arrested, charged

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Former Malaysian leader Najib Razak's chief lawyer was arrested and charged with money laundering on Thursday, September 13, as authorities intensified a crackdown on corruption linked to the previous government. Shafee Abdullah, 66, one of the country's most prominent lawyers, led Najib's legal team when the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

Lawyer for ex-Malaysian leader Najib arrested, charged

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysian leader Najib Razak’s chief lawyer was arrested and charged with money laundering Thursday, as authorities intensified a crackdown on corruption linked to the previous government. Shafee Abdullah, 66, one of the country’s most prominent lawyers, led Najib’s legal team when the former prime minister was charged for his role in a [...] The post Lawyer for ex-Malaysian leader Najib arrested, charged appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

Bangladesh court orders hospital for arrested photographer

DHAKA, Bangladesh – Bangladesh's high court on Tuesday, August 7, ordered authorities to send an arrested award-winning photographer to hospital for treatment, a lawyer said, after the veteran journalist and rights activist accused police of beating him up in custody. Shahidul Alam, 63, a renowned Bangladeshi photographer, was arrested at his ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

Violence continues in Bangladesh capital as students protest

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Police in Bangladesh's capital fired tear gas and rubber bullets Monday to disperse hundreds of demonstrating students, while a prominent human rights group demanded the r.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

Amnesty International urges trials for Myanmar military over Rohingya

Rohingya refugees collect bundles of bamboo to build houses in Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh on June 26, 2018. AP UNITED NATIONS -- Amnesty International released a report Wednesday that de.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

A memorable fête for Lolong

Prominent lawyer, retired Court of Appeals Justice Manuel “Lolong” Lazaro was recently fêted with an elegant party in honor of his birthday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

A memorable fête for Lolong

Prominent lawyer, retired Court of Appeals Justice Manuel “Lolong” Lazaro was recently fêted with an elega.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2018

5th in a row for Morales

IN another unprecedented feat in local racing history, lawyer Narciso Morales emerged No. 1 in winnings for the fifth straight year as he shared the spotlight with the other prominent players in the industry feted recently by the local horse racing body. Winning a race practically every single day last….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2018

Rappler Talk: Francis Lim on how SEC violated own rules in Rappler case

MANILA, Philippines – The decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to revoke the license of Rappler for allegedly violating the Constitution was "overkill." These are the words of prominent corporate lawyer Francis Lim, who is Rappler's legal counsel for the case. He is also a former president of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 28th, 2018

Chinese human rights lawyer’s detention ‘absurd’ -- attorney

BEIJING -- The lawyer of a prominent Chinese human rights attorney detained in Beijing said Saturday that the allegations against his client, who has been charged with disrupting public service, were “absurd.” Yu Wensheng was seized as he left his Beijing apartment to walk his child to school by roughly….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

Suspect in murder of Philippine environmentalist freed

: A former Philippine official charged with the murder of a prominent environmentalist has been freed after a court voided the case against him, his lawyer said Saturday. Joel Reyes, the ex-.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

Chinese rights lawyer jailed two years for inciting subversion

A prominent Chinese rights lawyer was sentenced to two years jail on Tuesday after being found guilty of inciting subversion of state power, the latest in a series of similar verdicts amid a sweeping crackdown on activism......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 21st, 2017

WATCH | Diehard Duterte supporters waste no time bashing Presidential Spokesman Roque

Hardly had he warmed his post as Presidential Spokesman when Harry Roque, a former partylist representative in Congress, when he was faced by a cackle of supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte in the online community on Tuesday calling for him to step down. Roque, a prominent rights lawyer and expert in international humanitarian law, formally […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 7th, 2017

Lives well-lived; Leila’s mistrial

LAWYER Archie R. Piga was a member of our San Beda Class 1963 law class. Last Saturday, the Bulletin carried a prominent obit (not vying of course with the venerable Wash Sycip’s many deserved tributes) on his “homegoing” last Saturday. Condolences. I saw the Archie obit when I was in a hurry to go to [...] The post Lives well-lived; Leila’s mistrial appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 19th, 2017

President of Brazilian Olympic Committee arrested

em>By Peter Pengaman and Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press /em> RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee was arrested on Thursday amid an investigation into a vote-buying scheme to bring the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro. Carlos Nuzman, who is also an honorary International Olympic Committee member, was held for questioning last month by Brazilian and French authorities. They said he was a central figure in channeling at least $2 million to Lamine Diack, a former IOC member from Senegal who helped secure votes when Rio was picked in 2009 by the IOC. Brazilian authorities have said the behind-the-scenes dealings to win the vote amounted to a 'criminal organization,' led by Sergio Cabral, the former governor of Rio de Janeiro who has been jailed on a different corruption conviction. Securing the games for Rio was just the first step in the massive scheme, according to Nuzman's arrest order. Winning the Olympic bid led to massive public investment in infrastructure projects and services contracts, opening a pipeline of money that was used to reward friends and allies and pay bribes. Authorities said Nuzman would be held because investigators found he tried to hamper the investigation by regularizing assets likely gained with illicit money. About two weeks after being held for questioning, Nuzman amended his tax declaration to add about $600,000 in income, the order said. 'He clearly acted to obstruct the investigation,' said the order, adding that the lack of a clear origin of the extra money 'indicated it was illicit.' Leonardo Gryner, director-general of operations for the organizing committee, was also arrested on Thursday. Investigators said they also recovered a key they believed was for a safe in Switzerland containing gold. 'While Olympic medalists chased their dreams of gold medals, leaders of the Brazilian Olympic Committee stashed their gold in Switzerland,' prosecutor Fabiana Schenider said. Nuzman's lawyer, Nelio Machado, told news portal G1 that being detained like this was 'harsh and unusual' and denied there had been a vote-buying scheme. In Nuzman's last 10 years as Brazilian Olympic Committee president, his net worth increased 457 percent, according to investigators. The 75-year-old Nuzman was one of the most prominent figures in bringing the games to Rio. Prosecutors previously laid out a scheme in which Nuzman arranged for businessman Arthur Cesar de Menezes Soares Filho's company to pay Lamine Diack $2 million into an account in the name of Diack's son, Papa Massata Diack. On Thursday, prosecutors said they have since uncovered emails showing the younger Diack asked for more money and received it. Schenider said she was surprised by the attempts to obstruct the investigation but that the machinations would not thwart justice. 'We are showing that Brazil is no longer a paradise for corrupt people, for thieves,' she said. 'We are getting to people who never thought they would have to answer for their actions.' In a statement, the IOC said it was fully cooperating with the investigation and conducting its own probe. 'Given the new facts, the IOC ethics commission may consider provisional measures while respecting Mr. Nuzman's right to be heard,' said the statement, which did not offer more details. ___ em>DiLorenzo reported from Sao Paulo. /em> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2017

Louisville board OKs firing of Pitino in hoops scandal

em>By Gary B. Graves, Associated Press /em> LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville’s interim president was authorized Monday to fire Rick Pitino because of a federal bribery investigation, a scandal that has shaken the university and brought down one of the most prominent coaches in college basketball. The school’s Athletics Association, a separate body of officials that oversees Louisville’s sports programs, unanimously approved a resolution to fire Pitino after meeting for more than two hours on Monday. Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave last week after law enforcement officials announced the probe and the school acknowledged its inclusion in the investigation . Though Pitino is not named in court complaints, Postel says the allegations violated his contract and provided just cause to be placed on unpaid leave. Postel’s next move after the vote is notifying the Hall of Fame coach of Louisville’s plan to fire him after 16 seasons. “The letter that the board has asked me to write will go through in detail and explain the logic,” Postel said, “and that letter will be crafted as soon as possible.” Pitino’s attorney, Steve Pence, did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Athletic director Tom Jurich was placed on paid administrative leave and Postel said he plans to announce an interim replacement Tuesday. The Monday vote came exactly two years after the revelation of a sex scandal that led to NCAA penalties for Pitino and Louisville this summer. Pitino and the university are appealing those sanctions, which could end with the vacating of the school’s 2013 national championship. Pitino pulled through that scandal but now must deal with the official end of his storied career with the Cardinals. During a trustee board meeting, Postel released Sept. 27 disciplinary letters to Pitino and Jurich in which he called the allegations “disturbing and unprecedented.” David Padgett was named as Pitino’s interim replacement Friday. The letters were released Monday as Postel and university trustees discussed the scandal for the first time. Jurich is on paid leave pending review. Postel said he has talked with four department coaches and planned to meet with all of them Tuesday to explain the process of replacing Jurich. “Very little time has passed since we all learned about these events, and last week my focus had to be on working with the acting men’s basketball coach,” Postel said. “There needs to be acting leadership in place during this interim period, and we’re intending to be very quick about that,” Postel said. “I still have to do some interviews and do some due diligence.” The letter to Pitino states that the allegations in the complaint “insinuate a scheme of fraud and malfeasance” in recruiting — a contract violation providing just cause for his unpaid leave. Postel said there was “vigorous” discussion among the athletic board about Pitino. He said the coach’s profile weighs the same as any other university employee when it comes to discipline. “I would have just as much angst and just as much need to do it correctly, no matter who it was,” Postel said. “The fact that he has the accomplishments he does is really unrelated.” The president criticized Jurich for failing to update or consult the athletic board about his negotiation of the department’s sponsorship extension with Adidas. Postel also called “unacceptable” the level of misconduct and alleged criminal activity, as well as the negative attention brought to Louisville. Jurich’s lawyer, Alison M. Stemler, disputed Postel’s allegations in a Sept. 29 letter to him and emailed to media late Monday. Stemler pointed out Jurich’s Sept. 1 memo to university attorney Becky Strohm that said several university officials and attorneys participated in negotiations with the sportswear maker and assisted in at least 11 meetings. Jurich also wasn’t aware of misconduct or criminal activity, the letter added, and did not “cause or contribute” to negative publicity for the university. Louisville’s intention to name an interim replacement for Jurich also suggests the school doesn’t plan for him to return to work “in the foreseeable future.” That would violate a contract clause requiring that Jurich receive 90 days’ notice of termination without cause. Pitino maintains he has done nothing wrong, saying in a statement Wednesday through his lawyer that the “rush to judgment is regrettable.”   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2017