Marchers condemn U.S.-backed Saudi oppression

first_imgDemonstrators marched from the United Nations to the Saudi U.N. Mission on Aug. 21 to protest the kingdom’s persecution of Shia Muslims and its refusal to allow the rebuilding of Islamic graves and holy sites it has destroyed.They demanded the release of imprisoned Shia community leader Ayatollah al-Nimr and an end to the detention and torture of pilgrims visiting the destroyed sites. The march also condemned the Saudi kingdom’s bombing of the people of Yemen and funding of terrorist violence in Syria. Saudi airstrikes have killed thousands of Yemenis since March.The event was endorsed by YaFatimaZahra.com, the Shia Association of North America, the United Muslim Foundation of North America, the Al Mahdi Foundation, the International Action Center, the United National Antiwar Coalition, and several masjids and Islamic schools in the New York metropolitan area.Muslims in united march against Saudi destruction in Yemen and Syria.WW photo: Anne PrudenSaudi Arabia and Israel are Washington’s two main allies in the Middle East.In the 1920s, with British support, the Saudi family used terror, force and massacre to seize control of most of the Arabian peninsula. It persecuted and murdered Muslims who did not accept the puritanical ideology of Wahabism, which it used to justify its rule.Thousands were hanged from trees in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. On April 21, 1925, King Ibn Saud demolished mausoleums in Jannat ul Baqi, where relatives and companions of the Prophet Muhammad are buried. Also destroyed were the tombs of his mother, Bibi Amina; his wife, Bibi Khadijah; his grandfather, Abu Talib; and his uncle, Abu Talib. That day is commemorated by Shia Muslims around the world as the Day of Sorrow.Saudi “puritanism” did not stop the royal despots from turning over Arabia’s vast oil reserves to the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO), controlled by a very non-Islamic dynasty, the Rockefellers. Nor does it stop Saudi royals from today making huge indirect investments in the racist state of Israel.In the 1970s, ARAMCO was in theory taken over by the house of Saud. But in an agreement engineered by Henry Kissinger, it continues to pay tribute to Wall Street and the military-industrial complex, subsidizing U.S. banks and arms companies with hundreds of billions of dollars. ARAMCO supplies ExxonMobil with oil at below market prices and U.S. executives still sit on its board.Israel’s 1967 and 1973 wars against Arab nationalist forces likely saved the Saudi monarchy. In 1982, Ronald Reagan pledged to never allow the Saudi dynasty to be overthrown. The Saudis obligingly funded the CIA’s covert wars against Nicaragua and Afghanistan.Today, Saudi money funds Washington’s covert war in Syria and the Saudi military rains U.S.-made missiles and bombs down on the impoverished land of Yemen. The Saudi military also intervened to suppress the movement for democracy in neighboring Bahrain, where the U.S. Fifth Fleet is based.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Mehmood Pracha Office Raids- Delhi Court Asks The Police To Address The Concern On Lawyer-Client Privilege While Receiving Data

first_imgNews UpdatesMehmood Pracha Office Raids- Delhi Court Asks The Police To Address The Concern On Lawyer-Client Privilege While Receiving Data Nupur Thapliyal12 March 2021 4:50 AMShare This – xNoting the consent given by Advocate Mehmood Pracha for furnishing data through pen drive to the Delhi Police’s Special Cell, a Delhi Court on Friday sought response of the Investigating Officer by 19th March 2021 on how it proposes to receive the “target data”of the pen drive without creating any evidentiary vulnerability and retrieval of target data without any alteration or disclosure to…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginNoting the consent given by Advocate Mehmood Pracha for furnishing data through pen drive to the Delhi Police’s Special Cell, a Delhi Court on Friday sought response of the Investigating Officer by 19th March 2021 on how it proposes to receive the “target data”of the pen drive without creating any evidentiary vulnerability and retrieval of target data without any alteration or disclosure to other data relating to Mr. Pracha’s clients.Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma ordered thus:”Given the consent by the applicant for furnishing data through pen drive or through computer, how the prosecution proposes to:1. Recieve target data of the pen drive without creating any evidentiary vulnerability.2. Retrieve target data without any alteration to the meta data associated with the target data to prevent further evidential vulnerabilities without any disruption/interference/disclosure to other files/ data stored in hard disk relating to other clients of applicant and IO to file its response regarding the abovesaid queries on or before 19th March 2021.”At the outset, the Court also observed that “From the legal stand point, the said concern relating to protection of privilege communication being passed on to the police has to be addressed by preventing the same to be passed on/ collected by IO. The protection available under sec. 126 of Indian Evidence Act makes it imperative that the Court protects the data/files relating to communication of clients with applicant stored in the hard disk from interference of police while collecting target data.” In view of this, the Court opined that the issue of retrieval of target data without interference with the other data stored in the hard disk has to be meticulously looked upon and at the same time, obtaining target data without creating any evidentiary vulnerabilities to future purpose has to be considered because it is important for the IO to maintain authenticity and integrity of target data.The matter will now be heard on 19th March 2021.The order came after the Court vide order dated 10th March 2021 stayed the operation of the search warrant issued by the Delhi Police’s Special Cell against Mehmood Pracha till the pendency of his application.Background Advocate Mehmood Pracha moved the application against the second raid conducted by the Special Cell in his office on 9th March, thereby calling the whole exercise as “completely illegal and unjustified”. Pracha has been representing many accused persons in the Delhi Riots conspiracy cases that broke out in February last year. While alleging that the sole objective of conducting the second raid was to illegally steal the entire data of the sensitive cases he has been dealing with, Pracha in his application contended that he is going to the extent of risking self-implication even in derogation of his Fundamental Right only for the sake of protecting the data and information pertaining to his clients and briefs which he is duty bound to protect as an advocate. While arguing in the Court, Advocate Pracha had submitted thus: “It is my fundamental and constitutional right to protect the interest of my clients. To save their integrity. They have deliberately put my and my clients life under threat. This is also sensitive data. They want to act under their political masters. I cannot give such data. If you want to hang me, do it. But I cannot sacrifice my attorney privilege communication.” At the outset, the judge asked SPP Amit Prasad about a possible solution in this matter. To this, SPP proposed to give a second mirror copy of the original data in question which Advocate Mehmood Pracha would be free to delete the relevant portions concerning his clients. Denying the said proposal, Advocate Pracha submitted that it is very easy for the Special Cell to retrieve the data later on and that this will not be a feasible option in this case. “I am offering my neck to save my clients life. I am willing to face Gallows for protecting my clients life. I am ready to be the lamb. Tell your political masters to hang me. But I will not let them harm my life. Come what may.” Advocate Mehmood Pracha had submitted in the last hearing.Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more