Thursday, June 23, 2005


Another student leader re-arrest

Kathmandu, June 23 -Voilating Supreme Court (SC) order, plainclothes security personnel, on Wednesday, re-arrested Govind Ghimire, who was released from detention at the Kathmandu District Court premises.
Govind's relatives, lawyers and human rights defenders, who had gone there to receive him, were physically assaulted by the securitymen.
In the incident, lawyers Binod Shrestha and Ramchandra Giri, and human rights defender Kulman Gurung are injured
Responding to a habeas corpus writ petition filed by the Advocacy Forum, the SC, on June 17, had ruled that Govind was detained "illegally" and that he be immediately released in the presence of the District Judge.
Meanwhile, Government authorities denied having rearrested Navaraj Subedi, who was released on June 15 following an order of the Supreme Court.Furnishing a written reply to the apex court, the Ministry of Home said it had not done anything that has infringed on Subedi’s personal liberty. “Since the Ministry did not do anything to infringe on his personal liberty, the case should be quashed,” Home Secretary, Chandi Prasad Shrestha, said in his written explanation.The SC had ordered the authorities to produce Subedi before the bench and clarify reasons for his rearrest in response to a habeas corpus petition filed by the president of the Nepal Bar Association, Shambhu Thapa, seeking his release.Thapa claimed that Subedi was rearrested from his party office in Sundhara on June 15 just a few hours after his release. Thapa also said Subedi was kept under detention in the Baudha Ward police office.The Police Headquarters also urged the SC to declare the petition void. Inspector Ganesh Regmi furnished explanation to the SC on behalf of the the Headquarters.

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