No fewer than 31 Northern lawyers have expressed interest to provide legal backing to Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, who was suspended in connection with a $1.1m scam involving a internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas a.k.a Hushpuppi.
According to Barrister Bappah Salisu, who spoke on Wednesday in a statement for the group of lawyers from the 19 Northern states in the country, said they would offer free services to Kyari.
The group stated that their decision was in response to the recent call by the coalition of Northern groups for the protection of Kyari’s fundamental rights following an indictment by a court in the United States of America.
“We would raise questions involving the possibility of breaches to Kyari’s fundamental rights entrenched in Articles 6 and 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right which essentially state that every individual shall have the right to liberty and to the security of his person and every individual shall have the right to have his cause heard.
“This comprises: the right to an appeal to competent national organs against acts of violating his fundamental rights as recognized and guaranteed by conventions, laws, regulations and customs in force.
“The right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty by a competent court or tribunal; the right to defence, including the right to be defended by counsel of his choice; the right to be tried within a reasonable time by an impartial court or tribunal.
“Subsections 9 and 10 of this section also stipulates that everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law and everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
“Also, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights also states that everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence,” the statement read.
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