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Ukraine deports opposition leader Saakashvili to Poland | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Feb 12, 2018 05:33 PM
"Saakashvili, who served as president of his native Georgia for most of the period from 2004-2013, was invited to Ukraine by Poroshenko, who took power after protests toppled a pro-Russian leader in 2014. He held a regional governorship from 2015-2016 before falling out with Poroshenko and joining the opposition. ... Saakashvili is wanted in Georgia on embezzlement charges that he says are politically motivated. He says he has given up his Georgian citizenship."

Canada: indigenous groups urge reform after shock of white farmer's acquittal | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Feb 12, 2018 03:50 PM
"Activists say that the not-guilty verdict owed much to the selection of an all-white jury, even though Saskatchewan has a large indigenous population. Under the current system, legal teams are allowed to weed out potentially hostile jurors with a “peremptory challenge” during jury selection. ... Unlike Canada, the US and the UK have systems in place to prevent legal teams from keeping people off of a jury on discriminatory grounds, said Quigley, who also criticised other aspects of the police investigation as “appallingly bad”. Officers failed to cover the vehicle in which Boushie’s body lay and bloodmarks were lost when it rained overnight. A key element of Stanley’s defence was that there was a delay, known as “hang fire”, between his pulling of the trigger and the discharge of the weapon. Expert witnesses for both the prosecution and defence testified that the gun showed no indication of “hang fire” or any other malfunction. In Canada, the use of a firearm is not permitted in order to defend private property. Even in self-defence – which Stanley did not claim – the use of lethal force is rarely permitted under the law."

Veteran Human Rights activist, lawyer Asma Jahangir passes away in Lahore | ARY News

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Feb 11, 2018 10:26 AM
"Jahangir was born in Lahore on January 27, 1952. She played a vital role in lawyers’ movement for the restoration of judiciary. She was among the rare personalities participated in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy (MRD) during Ziaul Haq’s dictatorial regime and sent to Jail for her activism in 1983. She had always been a very vocal critic of the human rights violations in the country, besides widely popular for taking up court cases of marginalized segments of the society. Moreover, she was also put under house-arrest in 2007 for actively participating in the Lawyers’ Movement during Musharraf’s regime."

For Caroline Mulroney, networking began as a kid at 24 Sussex | The Toronto Star

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Feb 10, 2018 06:44 PM
"Caroline Mulroney seemed disinclined to challenge the expectations of achievement her parents surely had. She thrived at the best of schools, became a lawyer like her father, married into an elite American family, did well in business, and had four kids of her own, just like Brian and Mila. ... Those seeking to understand Caroline Mulroney should likely pay as much attention to her mother as her father. It was her mother who was born to a sense of bourgeois entitlement; her father was an electrician’s son who always retained a touch of the arriviste."
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