Saturday, May 26, 2007

Lawyers Seek Law and Order, Safety
Lawyers on Friday urged the government to maintain law and order in the country.
Organising a protest programme on the premises of the Nepal Bar Association, they urged the government to put an end to anarchy and provide security to legal practitioners. The lawyers called on cadres of political parties, including those of the Young Communist League, not to threaten them. Around 400 lawyers took part in the protest programme.
The lawyers said they will not defend anyone in court if anyone threatens them."No one has the right to threaten lawyers. Even a criminal has the right to appoint a lawyer to defend his/her case. We cannot support anyone if s/he threatens any lawyers," president of the Nepal Bar Association, Bishwa Kanta Mainali, said.
Mainali called on the government to provide security to lawyers on duty and take action against those who attack them. "We cannot let the attackers go free and we cannot support them," Mainali said.
President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Prakash Raut, said the lawyers won't defend those who threaten their colleagues. "We should launch a campaign against the group who pose a threat to the lawyers and the rule of law."

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