Son Of Egypt’s Morsi Dies Of Heart Attack At 25


The youngest son of deceased ex-president Mohamed Morsi himself died Wednesday night of a heart attack in Cairo, a family lawyer said.

Abdallah Morsi, 25, suffered the fatal cardiac arrest while at the wheel of his car, Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud told AFP.

“A friend who was with him was able to stop the car and take him to hospital”, said the lawyer, adding that Abdallah Morsi’s funeral was set to take place on Thursday.

Mohamed Morsi — who as Egypt’s first freely elected president headed an administration loyal to the now banned Muslim Brotherhood until he was deposed by the military in 2013 — died in court on June 17.

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The military overthrow of Morsi was led by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who ascended to the presidency in 2014 polls, before securing an official 97 percent in elections last year.

Mohamed Morsi, 67, collapsed during a court session in Cairo, some six years after his ouster and imprisonment.

He had been sentenced to 45 years in prison for offences including “inciting violence” in late 2012 against protesters and “spying” on behalf of Qatar.

Sisi has stifled opposition, particularly from the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organisation in late 2013.

New R. Kelly Sex Abuse Tape Discovered, Says Lawyer

R Kelly/AFP


One of the lawyers representing women who claim they were abused by R&B star R. Kelly said Sunday a new videotape had emerged which showed the singer “sexually abusing children.”

Kelly is currently on bail after being accused of sexually abusing four women, including three teenagers, between May 1998 and January 2010.

The latest discovery was announced by lawyer Gloria Allred at a press conference where she told journalists it was found by couple Gary and Sallie Dennis in a box of old VHS cassettes at their home.

Neither Allred nor Dennis elaborated on how the tape came to be in the couple’s possession.

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“Prior to learning that such a tape was in their possession, Sallie had viewed the Lifetime documentary called ‘Surviving R. Kelly,'” said Allred.

“She was emotionally very disturbed by what the women in the documentary alleged had happened.

“Sometime after that, Sallie and her husband discovered to their surprise that they had a VHS tape that could be helpful in learning what had happened to these young girls who had come into contact with R. Kelly.”

Allred said that while she had not viewed a previous tape that had been widely reported in the media, she did not believe it was of the same act.

She said it showed “what appeared to be R. Kelly sexually abusing children” but declined to go into further detail.

But she urged others who possess such tapes but may be reluctant to admit that they have them to come forward to her or to law enforcement.

Gary Dennis said he had made the discovery while going through old sports tapes and trying to decide which ones to keep and which to throw out.

“He was telling them what to do and what to say, and it appeared that he was controlling the camera,” said Denis.

Dennis said that as a father to two daughters himself, he reacted in horror and his first instinct was to throw the tape out, but after discussing the matter with his wife contacted Allred.

The tape is the third to purportedly show Kelly engaging in such acts. The first two have been reported by Michael Avenatti, a lawyer representing other women involved in the case.

Multiple women have come forward since the airing of the six-part documentary in January to say the 52-year-old singer had sexual relations with girls under the age of 16 and kept sex slaves.

The details of the current criminal case echo previous accusations of sexual misconduct that have dogged the artist for the last two decades.

In 2002, he was criminally charged for allegedly filming himself having sex with a 14-year-old girl. He was tried in that case and acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008.

A 2017 BuzzFeed report later alleged he had kept women as virtual sex slaves at homes he owns in Chicago and Atlanta.


Ex-Nissan Boss Shakes Up Legal Team After Lead Counsel Resigns

Former Nissan Motors Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn (file copy)        Toshifumi KITAMURA / AFP


Two lawyers defending former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn on charges of financial misconduct quit suddenly on Wednesday, the latest shock twist in a case that has gripped Japan and the business world.

There was no immediate explanation as to why the attorneys, who include lead lawyer Motonari Otsuru, were leaving Ghosn’s defence team. Contacted by AFP, the firm declined to comment.

A brief statement said only that “today Otsuru and (Masato) Oshikubo submitted letters of resignation to the court as the defence lawyers for the case of Mr Ghosn”.

The surprise decision came on the eve of an expected first meeting between the Tokyo District Court, prosecutors, and defence lawyers to discuss the outlines of Ghosn’s trial.

Hot-shot lawyer Junichiro Hironaka, 73, confirmed that he had been asked to join the legal team.

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Hironaka is a veteran and celebrated defence lawyer, known for taking on tough and high-profile cases and securing not-guilty verdicts in a country where prosecutors win nearly 99 per cent of cases that come to trial.

Among his achievements, Hironaka was involved in the successful defence in 2012 of influential politician Ichiro Ozawa, a shrewd election strategist accused of playing a role in misreporting political funds.

Speaking outside his office, he told reporters: “I met with Mr. Ghosn and I met with his family and they said they want me to take the case. So I accepted.”

Ghosn has been in detention since November 19 and faces charges including under-reporting his compensation and attempting to shift personal investment losses to his employer’s books.

There had been no public sign of a rift between Ghosn and his lead lawyers, though neither the executive nor the attorney has spoken much publicly since the arrest.

Otsuru gave a single press conference after Ghosn made a brief court appearance on January 8 to challenge his ongoing detention.

The owlish defence lawyer cut a cautious figure at the press event, telling journalists that his client was unlikely to make bail before his case came to court, which he said could take six months.

He also pointedly declined to criticise Ghosn’s detention conditions, despite some international concern about the repeated extension of the auto executive’s pre-trial custody.

Otsuru said he was meeting Ghosn regularly for several hours at a time, describing his then-client as focused.

“He’s very calm and logical in his current situation,” Otsuru said.

Although he has taken on some of Japan’s most high-publicity cases, Otsuru is known for maintaining a low media profile and little is known about his personal life.

A former prosecutor, the bespectacled 63-year-old with floppy greying hair earned the soubriquet “the breaker” as he was so good at extracting confessions from suspects.

In a twist of fate, representing Ghosn’s pitted him against prosecutor Hiroshi Morimoto, a former colleague.

 ‘Story of betrayal’ 

Ghosn, who has lost his leadership roles at Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors and Renault, denies the allegations against him and slammed his ongoing detention in an interview with AFP and French newspaper Les Echos earlier this month.

The Franco-Brazilian-Lebanese executive said the decision to refuse him bail “would not be normal in any other democracy”.

“Why am I being punished before being found guilty?” Ghosn asked in an interview at the Tokyo detention centre.

Ghosn is accused of under-reporting his income between 2010 and 2015 to the tune of five billion yen ($46 million) and continuing to do so for a further three years.

He also stands accused of a complex scheme to try to pass off personal foreign exchange losses to Nissan and using company funds to reimburse a Saudi contact who stumped up collateral for him.

He told AFP that the allegations against him and his arrest were “a story of betrayal,” insisting “there is not one yen that I have received that was not reported”.


Jay-Z’s Lawyer Takes On Immigration Case Of Rapper 21 Savage

Rapper 21 Savage performs on stage during Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest / EA SPORTS BOWL at State Farm Arena on January 31, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.


A lawyer who has represented rap mogul Jay-Z is defending 21 Savage, the young rapper facing deportation after US immigration agents arrested him on the grounds he is stateside illegally.

The 26-year old chart-topper — real name Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph — was detained in the southern city of Atlanta over the weekend by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents who said the British citizen’s visa expired in 2006.

New York lawyer Alex Spiro, who has represented a number of entertainment figures, took on the case at Jay-Z’s request.

The attorney told AFP that the Grammy-nominated 21 Savage was incarcerated in a detention centre near Atlanta and called for his release on bail.

Spiro said 21 Savage had a pending visa application that is backlogged but would secure the artist’s immigration status.

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“The arrest and detention of 21 Savage is an absolute travesty, his U visa petition has been pending for 4 years,” Jay-Z posted on Facebook.

The U visa is for victims of crimes who have faced mental or physical abuse. His team earlier had said it was filed due to his experience as a “victim of a deadly shooting in 2013.”

ICE has said the artist was convicted of felony drug charges in October 2014 — but Spiro said it was a marijuana conviction that was vacated.

The rapper’s legal team said earlier that he arrived in the US at age seven, staying there continually for almost 20 years except for a brief trip to Britain in 2005.

The statement said 21 Savage — long considered a local act from Atlanta, the capital of hip hop — arrived in the country at age seven and had been in the US continually for almost 20 years, save for a brief trip to Britain in 2005.

He has three children who are American citizens, which his lawyers say make him eligible for deportation relief.

“In addition to being a successful recording artist, 21 deserves to be reunited with his children immediately,” Jay-Z said.


Leader Of Yellow Vest Protests ‘Handicapped For Life’ By Injury – Lawyer

Demonstrators gather at the Arc of Triomphe on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris during a protest of Yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) against rising oil prices and living costs.  AFP


A prominent French anti-government “yellow vest” activist, badly injured in the eye at a protest, was struck with one of the controversial rubber bullets used by police, his lawyer said Sunday.

Jerome Rodrigues’ lawyer fears he will be “handicapped for life” after he was injured in clashes with police in Paris on Saturday during an 11th straight weekend of protests against President Emmanuel Macron.

Rodrigues, a 40-year-old construction worker, was placed in an artificial coma overnight after the incident at the Bastille monument in central Paris.

“He is in shock. He will be handicapped for life. It is a tragedy for him and his family,” lawyer Philippe de Veulle told BFM television, adding that he was lodging a complaint against police.

The bearded Rodrigues, who has become a well-known figure in the “yellow vest” movement with 50,000 followers on Facebook, was live-streaming the protest on the website when he was hit.

De Veulle said Rodrigues was struck with a “flashball”, referring to the 40-mm (1.6-inch) rubber projectiles used by French riot police.

The devices — which are not used in most European countries — have become deeply controversial in France since the protests began in November, blamed for dozens of serious injuries.

On Saturday, police using the bullets were for the first time deployed wearing body cams in a bid to increase transparency.

Rodrigues, speaking to LCI television from hospital, said he was also hit by a sting ball grenade, another controversial riot control device.

“Everything happened very quickly. They threw a grenade at me and I took a (rubber) bullet. I was attacked twice — a grenade to the foot, and the bullet,” Rodrigues said.

Rodrigues’ lawyer insisted he was not one of the “hooligans” who has been joining the weekly protests to cause trouble for police.

In the video, Rodrigues can be heard several times warning protesters to leave the Bastille area because hard-left “black bloc” agitators were coming to attack the police.

Witnesses picked up the projectile that struck Rodrigues and police are set to investigate the circumstances of the incident.

 Thousands join anti-violence demo 

Originally sparked by rises in fuel taxes, the “yellow vest” protests quickly snowballed into a widespread revolt over accusations that Macron, an ex-banker, is out of touch with rural and small-town France.

Named after the emblematic luminous road safety vests worn by protesters, the demonstrations have drawn tens of thousands of people to the streets.

But their numbers have eased in recent weeks after Macron announced a series of policy climbdowns and launched a two-month consultation to allow people to vent their anger.

The interior ministry estimated that 69,000 turned out across France on Saturday, compared with 84,000 a week earlier.

On Sunday, several thousand people turned out for a march through central Paris against violence at the “yellow vest” protests and in defence of French republican values.

Dubbed the “red scarf” movement, the initiative is the brainchild of an engineer from Toulouse horrified by attacks by “yellow vests” against police and journalists.

“Yes to democracy, no to revolution,” the protesters chanted, some carrying French and European Union flags.


Woman Maintains Paris Rape Claim Against Chris Brown – Lawyer

Chris Brown attends the Pre-GRAMMY Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. 

A 25-year-old woman who accused US singer Chris Brown of rape is standing by her accusations despite Brown’s denials and release from custody, her lawyer told AFP on Thursday.

“She maintains her accusations. We have taken note of his release from questioning, and will leave it in the hands of investigators as the inquiry continues,” lawyer Jean-Marc Descoubes said.

The woman, identified as “Karima” in media reports, says Brown along with his bodyguard and a friend assaulted her in the luxury Mandarin Oriental hotel on the night of January 15.

Brown and his associates were released without charge on Tuesday after being held overnight for questioning on charges of aggravated rape and a drug offence.

The woman told police she met Brown in a nightclub near the Champs-Elysees avenue with a group of other party-goers.

She then agreed to go back to the hotel, which is on the glitzy Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore.

A lawyer for the Grammy Award-winning singer said his client was innocent and was considering a defamation lawsuit.

The singer posted a picture on his Instagram account Tuesday night that read “This B!tch Lyin'”.

The singer, who according to Billboard has sold more than 100 million records, has been in the news more for his legal troubles than hit releases in recent years.

In 2009 he was convicted of beating fellow singer Rihanna, his girlfriend at the time, who missed the Grammy Awards because of her injuries.


Trump Denies Directing Lawyer To Break Law

In this file photo taken on October 27, 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departing for a rally in Murphysboro, Illinois. President Donald Trump plans to abolish t
Nicholas Kamm / AFP


Donald Trump on Thursday denied directing his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen to break the law after the US president’s longtime close ally was sentenced to three years for campaign finance violations and other crimes.

“I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law,” Trump tweeted.

“It is called ‘advice of counsel,’ and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made. That is why they get paid.”


Lawyers For Kavanaugh Accusers Raise Doubts Over FBI Probe

This combination of file pictures shows the September 27, 2018 swearing-in of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (L), the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (R), being sworn-in later that day, of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, during testimony during Kavanaugh’s US Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. 


Lawyers for two of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers said Tuesday that the FBI is not interviewing witnesses and following leads that would support their accusations of sexual abuse.

Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford said in a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that agents have yet to contact her about her allegation that a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take her clothes off in 1982 when they were high school students.

The controversy surrounding the Kavanaugh nomination ahead of November congressional elections — in which Republicans will battle to keep control of Congress — is threatening to derail Trump’s push to get a conservative-minded majority on the top court ahead of the vote.

The lawyers, Michael Bromwich, and Debra Katz, also questioned an apparent FBI decision not to interview Kavanaugh and expressed concern that the agency was not following up on witnesses and evidence they identified for the FBI.

“Despite these efforts, we have received no response from anyone involved in this investigation, and no response to our offer for Dr. Ford to be interviewed,” they said in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and General Counsel Dana Boente.

In a separate statement on Twitter, John Clune, who represents another accuser, Deborah Ramirez, said FBI agents interviewed her on Sunday and accepted a list of more than 20 witnesses who can support her allegations.

But he said they are not following up at all on Ramirez’s account that Kavanaugh thrust his genitals in her face, forcing her to touch them without her consent, during an alcohol-fuelled party when they were students at Yale University in the mid-1980s.

“Although we do not know the status of the investigation, we are not aware of the FBI affirmatively reaching out to any of those witnesses,” Clune said in a tweeted statement.

“Though we appreciated the agents who responded on Sunday, we have great concern that the FBI is not conducting — or not being permitted to conduct –a serious investigation.”

The statement came amid questions over how much latitude President Donald Trump has allowed the FBI in its investigation into three women’s allegations of sexual misconduct and heavy drinking by Kavanaugh in the 1980s.

Trump on Friday ordered the FBI to follow up the allegations in less than a week before the Senate is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh’s joining the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh has vigorously denied the women’s allegations.

On Monday Trump said he had told the FBI to “do what they have to do to get to the answer,” but that he would also like it to go quickly.


NASS Blockade ‘A Failed Coup’, Sacking Daura Not Enough – Lawyer


A legal practitioner, Emmanuel Anene, believes the recent blockade of the National Assembly is an attempt to overthrow the legislative arm of government.

Mr Anene made the claim on Friday during his appearance on Sunrise Daily, days after operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) prevented lawmakers from entering the Assembly complex in Abuja.

“What happened in the National assembly is a failed coup on Nigerians; not only on the National Assembly but on entire Nigerians, on entire lovers of democracy,” he said during the Channels Television breakfast show.

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The lawyer explained further, “Let’s take the issues in proper perspective. What is the intendment of the DSS by besieging the National Assembly? That was intended to prevent an all-important arm of government from functioning.”

“Let me liken it to a situation where the Acting President wakes up in the morning only to be prevented by arm-bearing hooded men from entering his office. That also will stop him from performing his constitutional duties,” he added.

A lawyer, Mr Emmanuel Anene, speaks on Sunrise Daily on August 10, 2018.


Anene also reacted to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s response to the incident by sacking the then Director-General of DSS, Mr Lawal Daura.

He noted that while the decision to sack Daura was a welcome development, “it is not enough”.

The legal practitioner expected the Acting President to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into the incident to unravel what really transpired.

He pointed out that “the siege was in the morning but in the afternoon, he (Daura) was fired.”

“Was it thorough? We were made to understand that the DSS were acting on the order from the above. Then, who is that person that gave the order from the above? Anene questioned.

The blockade of the National Assembly by security operatives has continued to generate more criticism across the country since the incident occurred on Tuesday.

But the Acting DSS DG, Mr Mathew Seiyefa, assured Nigerians that the agency would continue to protect the country’s interest at all times.

Turkey Lawyer Appeals To Court To Release US Pastor

Pastor Andrew Craig Brunson (R), escorted by Turkish plain clothes police officers as he arrives at his house on July 25, 2018 in Izmir. STRINGER / AFP


The Turkish lawyer for a US pastor at the centre of a diplomatic row between NATO allies Ankara and Washington on Monday appealed to a court for his client’s release.

Andrew Brunson, who ran a Protestant church in the Aegean city of Izmir, was moved to house arrest last week after nearly two years in prison on terror-related charges.

But his lawyer Cem Halavurt told AFP that he had submitted an appeal for Brunson’s “house arrest and the ban on him leaving the country to be lifted”.

The court must give a response within three days, Halavurt added. The next hearing in Brunson’s trial is only on October 12.

The moving of Brunson from jail to house arrest last week stoked tensions rather than defusing the crisis with US media reports accusing Turkey of reneging on a deal to free him, which Ankara has denied.

US President Donald Trump then threatened to impose “large sanctions” on Turkey if the pastor was not freed, echoing comments from his Vice President Mike Pence.

“He is suffering greatly,” Trump on Thursday said of the 50-year-old pastor. “This innocent man of faith should be released immediately!”

But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissed the threats and said sanctions would not force Ankara to take a “step back”.

“The US should not forget that it could lose a strong and sincere partner like Turkey if it does not change its attitude,” Erdogan was quoted as saying in Turkish media on Sunday.

Brunson faces up to 35 years in jail if convicted of carrying out activities on behalf of two groups Turkey deems to be terror groups, namely, the movement of US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen who Ankara says was behind a 2016 failed coup and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is expected to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Singapore during this week’s meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a Turkish official told AFP.

Ties between Ankara and Washington are already tense over US support for a Syrian Kurdish militia which Ankara says is linked to the PKK as well as the failure to extradite Gulen.

Turkey has also angered the United States by imprisoning two Turkish employees of American consulates in the country and holding another under house arrest on terror-related charges, which Washington has strongly rejected.


Lagos Govt Arraigns Female Lawyer For Alleged Murder Of husband

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The Lagos State Government has arraigned a 48-year-old female lawyer, Udeme Otike-Odibi, for the alleged murder of her 50-year-old husband Symphorosa Otike-Odibi.

She was arraigned on Monday before Justice Adedayo Akintoye of the Lagos High Court sitting in the Igbosere area on two counts bordering on murder and misconduct with regard to a corpse.

The Lagos State Prosecutor, Mr Babatunde Sunmonu, told Justice Akintoye that the defendant allegedly murdered her husband, who was also a lawyer, on May 3, 2018, at their residence.

He said that the defendant allegedly threatened him with a knife and eventually stabbed him to death and went further to mutilate his body, by cutting off his private part.

According to him, the offence is contrary to section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 and punishable by death while the offence of misconduct with regard to a corpse is contrary to Section 165(b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 and punishable with five years imprisonment.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

After the plea, Justice Akintoye ordered the further remand of the defendant in Kirikiri prison and subsequently adjourned the case till October 8, 9, for hearing.

The defendant was first remanded at Kirikiri prisons by Chief Magistrate Kikelomo Ayeye of a Yaba Chief Magistrate’s Court on May 9.

The Magistrate then adjourned the case till June 25, pending when the DPP’s legal advice would be out.

The Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP)’s Legal Advice stated that the available facts established a prima facie case of murder contrary to section 223 punishable by death and misconduct with regard to a corpse contrary to Section 165(b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 punishable with five years imprisonment against the suspect Udeme Otike-Odibi

“Facts available in the file reveal that the suspect, subsequent to stabbing her husband, mutilated his corpse by cutting his genitals,” it read in part.

“The suspect is, therefore, to stand trial before the High Court of Lagos State for the murder of her husband and mutilation of his corpse.”

Killings: Lawyer Seeks Declaration Of Herdsmen As Terrorist Group

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A Makurdi-based legal practitioner, Matthew Nyiutsa has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare herdsmen in Benue state as a terrorist group.

Mr Nyiutsa on Friday filed an exparte motion seeking to compel the President and the Attorney General of the Federation, to move a court of competent jurisdiction and declare herdsmen operating in Benue State under the name of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore , as a terrorist organisation.

In addition, the plaintiff is seeking the prohibition of all activities of herdsmen in Benue State that has resulted in the deliberate and intentional killings, wanton destruction of both private and public properties including residential and commercial houses, schools, hospitals/clinic, markets, water boreholes/reservoirs, invasion of ancestral lands of the inhabitants as acts of terrorism under the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 as amended.

The exparte motion dated and filed at the registry of the court on May 11, 2018, was brought pursuant to order 34 Rule (2) and (3) of the Federal High Court (civil procedure) rules, 2009 and under the inherent jurisdiction of the court.

Mr. Nyiusta who resides in Guma Local government Area of the state, says he is one of the numerous victims of continuing herdsmen attacks on communities in Benue State.

The matter is yet to be assigned to any Judge.