Lawyer asks to prosecute Xinjiang governor in the UK | UK news

A lawyer representing a Kazakh man who has alleged severe human rights violations perpetrated by the Chinese state has requested permission from the UK attorney general to prosecute a Xinjiang governor expected to arrive in Britain on Sunday.

On Wednesday, the Foreign Office shocked cross-party opponents of the Chinese treatment of Uyghur people and other Turkic groups who called it “incomprehensible” that the Xinjiang governor, Erkin Tuniyaz – who has been sanctioned by the US – is planning to visit the UK next week.

Tuniyaz, whom MPs allege has played “a central role in the persecution of Uyghurs”, also plans to make trips to other European countries to meet “stakeholders” to “discuss the situation in Xinjiang”, according to an email from the Foreign Office.

The prosecution request over Tuniyaz’s role in alleged human rights violations perpetrated against Uyghur people and other Turkic groups in China over the crime of torture was made by the barrister Michael Polak on behalf of Erbakit Otarbay, a Kazakh camp survivor now living in the UK. Polak sent the request to the attorney general late on Wednesday night and hopes to receive a response later on Thursday.

“Because the client is in the United Kingdom and an alleged victim of torture, he’s entitled to bring a case against Mr Tuniyaz,” said Polak. “Of course, Mr Tuniyaz is entitled to a fair trial … and he can reject or fight the allegations.”

In 2021, Ortabay submitted a statement to the Uyghur Tribunal, an independent and unofficial tribunal that found Uyghur people living in Xinjiang province had been subjected to crimes against humanity directed by the Chinese state.

In May 2017, Ortabay said his passport was confiscated by Chinese authorities on his way back to visit his father in China. He emigrated to Kazakhstan with his family

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Coalition demands government release Indigenous voice legal advice | Indigenous voice to parliament

Julian Leeser has demanded the release of legal advice about the Indigenous voice’s power to advise the executive government, claiming Australians have a right to know if its top lawyer has “concerns”.

The shadow attorney general wrote to his counterpart, Mark Dreyfus, on Friday. And he reiterated his demand for any advice by the solicitor general to be released in an interview on Sunday. The referendum working group has not yet made its final recommendation.

Labor views the demand as the latest move to undermine support for the voice, following opposition leader Peter Dutton writing to the government in January with 15 questions seeking detail, much of which will be determined by parliament after the referendum.

Conservatives have been lobbying for the voice to be restricted to representations to parliament, and not the executive government.

The move has been rejected by the majority of the working group who have warned there is “no room for mediocrity” in the proposal to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders input into decisions that affect them.

The Australian reported that at Thursday’s meeting, the solicitor general, Stephen Donaghue, had “provided advice on the wording of the proposed constitutional amendment” and that Dreyfus had “proposed a different form of words” than Anthony Albanese had first suggested at the Garma festival.

Albanese had proposed that the voice “may make representations to parliament and the executive government on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples”.

Leeser wrote that the “plain implication” was “that the solicitor-general has concerns about the wording of the current proposal” – although that interpretation of the meeting is disputed by other participants.

On Sunday, Leeser told Sky News that it appears “at a quarter to midnight the solicitor general has gone to talk to the referendum working group with

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Criminal Lawyers’ Association calls on Ontario for more funding of legal aid

The Criminal Lawyers’ Association is calling on the Ontario government to boost the province’s legal aid program, saying insufficient funding is leading to more accused being unrepresented and discouraging young lawyers from staying in defence law.

The association, which wrote to the province last month seeking a funding model that keeps pace with the cost of living, said it’s set to meet with the government next week to discuss the issue.

Association president Daniel Brown said stagnant legal aid funding has led to many accused having to represent themselves in Ontario courts because they don’t qualify for the program, which in turn leads to inefficiency in the justice system and places an extra burden on the courts.

“This is just a system in crisis,” Brown said in an interview on Tuesday.

Cases involving unrepresented accused can take three or four times longer than cases with criminal defence lawyers, Brown said.

“We have judges who have to spend time teaching self-represented accused persons how to defend themselves. They have to equip them with the knowledge and they have to spend extra time with them in courts,” he said.

“[The accused] have long meandering questions and convoluted legal applications that often don’t go anywhere because they don’t know what they’re doing. It’s like the equivalent to somebody trying to do their own open heart surgery. It’s a recipe for disaster.”

An Ontario provincial courtroom is pictured here at Toronto’s Old City Hall. (David Donnelly/CBC)

The low income cutoff for legal aid falls well below the poverty line, Brown noted.

“Somebody who is making a minimum wage job would not qualify for legal aid,” he said. “Quite frankly, they wouldn’t have any hope of paying for private counsel, especially in the complex cases in the Superior Court.”

Betty Vavougios, president of Ontario

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Missouri attorney general requests November trial in Agape Boarding School abuse case

In an effort to prevent more children from coming to harm, the Missouri Attorney General’s office aims to go to trial against Agape Boarding School within a month, according to documents filed Friday.

The state has also requested that every child currently at the school undergo a forensic interview by trained professionals.

“The children at Agape have been forced to stay 37 days longer than they should around Agape staffers who have abused them or their fellow students in the past,” the motion read.

Agape Boarding School lawyer wants later trial, argues against forensic interviews

Documents filed in response by John Schultz, lawyer for Agape Boarding School, requested that the hearing to close the reform school take place as late as August 2023.

In a supplemental response to the state’s order, the defense said the week of Nov. 14 would be unsuitable since “administrative hearings concerning the findings against Agape employees” will be taking place at that time.

More:New judge in Agape Boarding School case orders DSS workers access to campus

Representation for Agape Boarding School also argued that since there is no proven abuse, forensic interviews are unnecessary.

The AG’s office alleges prejudice, citing nine case delays and six times that the hearing was continued or canceled, as times when witnesses and the state have been “denied the opportunity to be heard.”

Cedar County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Pyle, in an Oct. 12 order, mandated that the parents of the children in the lawsuit be identified by the state and made parties or defendants in the case, and that Guardian Ad Litems be appointed on behalf of each child.

“We are pleased that the Court is taking the interests of the boys and their parents into account. We were surprised the Attorney General opposed this,” Schultz said in

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Florida Attorney General a voter’s guide to the election

Type of Race: Partisan

Who can vote: All registered voters in Florida

What’s next: The winner will take office the first Monday in January.

How much does the position pay: $128,972

► View the 2022 Florida General Election endorsements from The Palm Beach Post Editorial Board by clicking here.

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Have questions about voting? We’ve put together a guide to the general election.

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Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, right, faces challenger Aramis Ayala.


Aramis Ayala 

Party: Democrat

Age: 47 

Profession: Attorney/professor 

Qualifications: A graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Detroit, Ayala served as a public defender and state attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court.  


Former Orange and Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala seeks to be Florida Attorney General

Q: What qualities do you possess that qualifies you to be the attorney general and top law enforcement officer of the State of Florida? In other words, what do you bring to the job? 

A: I’m proven. I took on the status quo to build safer, healthier communities. As Florida’s first Black State Attorney I created innovative pre-trial diversion programs, police accountability reforms and initiatives to support victims of domestic violence. My experience, ethics and commitment to justice are second to none. I have always fought for justice. 

Q: Is the Attorney General’s No. 1 responsibility to represent state government when policies are challenged or to represent and advocate for citizens? 

A: As Attorney General, advocating for citizens’ rights, freedoms and security is not only my top priority, it is my only priority. I am the people’s lawyer. 

►► The ultimate Leon County, Tallahassee voter’s guide to the 2022 general election

Ashley Moody

Party: Republican

Age: 47

Profession: Florida’s 38th Attorney General

Qualifications: Began legal career as business lawyer with Holland & Knight. Joined

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Dismissal of DUI case against ex-attorney general Kathleen Kane sought

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The attorney for Pennsylvania’s former top law enforcement officer is arguing that a drunken-driving case against her should be dismissed because prosecutors did not present sufficient evidence.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune kane-seeks-dismissal-of-dui-case/article_1df635f5-3f42-5ba2-bbde-52e084a6e565.html”reports that defense attorney Jason Mattioli also seeks to bar prosecutors from presenting results of a field sobriety test of former attorney general Kathleen Kane. He further wants to bar video purportedly showing her drinking before her arrest and testimony about her refusal to submit to a blood alcohol test.

Fifty-six-year-old Kane, the first woman and first Democrat to be elected attorney general in the state, is awaiting trial in Lackawanna County Court on charges of driving under the influence and careless driving in connection with a minor accident March 12 in Scranton. Kane has denied that she was intoxicated, maintaining that the crash occurred because she made a wide turn to avoid a snowbank and slid on the ice.

The motions come three months after a magisterial district judge found sufficient evidence to send the case to county court — a ruling Mattioli is appealing — and mirror many of the arguments he raised at the hearing in July.

The arresting officer said he smelled alcohol coming from the car, which the defense said came from another person in the vehicle, but did not detect alcohol coming from her. The defense also cites statements from seven other law enforcement officers, six of whom said they did not smell alcohol or witness signs of intoxication on Kane’s part.

Mattioli said the field sobriety test was an unwarranted “fishing expedition” and established protocols weren’t followed. He also said his client’s refusal to submit to a blood test should also be barred because she was not advised of the legal consequences of such a refusal.

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GOP attorney general hopeful Abe Hamadeh posts even more arguably disqualifying tweets

Attorney General candidate Republican Abe Hamadeh on Arizona PBS where he debated Democrat Kris Mayes on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022.

Attorney General candidate Republican Abe Hamadeh on Arizona PBS where he debated Democrat Kris Mayes on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022.

I recognize that we live in Arizona, and our standards for those seeking elected office have never been exactly … rigorous (assuming they exist at all), but I’d like to believe a major political party’s candidate for attorney general would, at the very least, have a minimal understanding of the U.S. Constitution.

But, no.

Apparently, the Republican candidate for attorney general, Abe Hamadeh, wasn’t in class the day the Constitution was brought up in, say, middle school. Then missed it again in high school. And college. And law school.

Hamadeh ignores the First Amendment

Hamadeh won the very stiff competition for the weekend’s most ignorant comment on the internet when he tweeted:

“The media is the biggest threat to ‘democracy.’ ”


That seems weird since the Founding Fathers seemed to believe the media to be the biggest guardian of our democratic republic. The one profession that tries (often unsuccessfully) to keep politicians honest. Something an attorney general wannabe might understand if he was actually interested in, you know, THE LAW.

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Like when the founders wrote in the very First Amendment to the Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press … .”

It is that same Constitution that Hamadeh, as attorney general, would swear to protect.

Or would he?

Could he?

Then he backs an election denying Oath Keeper

After all, if Hamadeh believes the press is a threat to democracy would he be lying if he swore an oath to

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Attorney General releases draft explanation for possible state grocery sales tax repeal

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo has released an Attorney General’s ballot draft explanation for a draft Constitutional Amendment entitled: An Initiated Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Taxes on Anything Sold for Eating or Drinking.

Review the draft explanation here on the Draft Ballot Explanations page on the Attorney General’s website.

State law requires the Attorney General to draft a title and explanation for each initiated measure, initiated constitutional amendment, constitutional amendment proposed by the Legislature, or referred measure that may appear on an election ballot. See SDCL 12-13-9 & 12-13-25.1.

The Attorney General’s explanation is meant to be an “objective, clear, and simple summary” intended to “educate the voters of the purpose and effect of the proposed” measure, as well as identify the “legal consequences” of each measure. SDCL 12-13-9 & 12-13-25.1. Each explanation is limited to 200 words.

The public can comment on draft Attorney General explanations. Once the Attorney General has filed and posted the draft explanation, the public has 10 days to provide written comment. The Attorney General must review all accepted comments and may revise the draft explanation as deemed necessary.

The final explanation from the Attorney General must be filed with the Secretary of State no later than 20 days after filing the draft explanation.

For more information regarding ballot measures, please visit the Secretary of State’s website.

State law may be reviewed by visiting the Legislative Research Council webpage.

To file written comments on a draft Attorney General’s explanation please use one of the following methods. Copies of all received comments will be posted on this website. The deadline for comments on this amendment explanation is November 3, 2022, at the close of business in Pierre, South Dakota. The final explanation is due to the Secretary of State on November 14, 2022.

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Texting scams are on the rise, Arizona attorney general says

Pike County department information is becoming available by textijng, starting with the Elections Office using TextMyGov. Text your election questions to 570-409-5770.

Pike County department information is becoming available by textijng, starting with the Elections Office using TextMyGov. Text your election questions to 570-409-5770.

Arizona and the nation have seen an increase in complaints related to texting scams, according to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

“Fraudsters are relentless,” Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a statement. “Text messaging schemes are now on the rise, and people are losing their money.”

The Federal Trade Commission recorded more than 378,000 complaints about text scams in 2021, up by more than 45,000 complaints from the prior year, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Consumers lost at least $131 million to text scammers last year, the statement said. The median loss was $900 per person.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich gestures and smiles during his visit to the Yuma Sun in Yuma  on June 2, 2022.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich gestures and smiles during his visit to the Yuma Sun in Yuma on June 2, 2022.

What does a text message scam look like?

It’s easy to make a texting scam seem legitimate, said Teresa Murray, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s consumer watchdog.

“The scammers will do anything to get a response,” Murray said.

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Text messaging scams can come in a variety of packages, but they all have the same goal: to get the recipient to respond with sensitive information. Text scam examples include:

  • Gift or prize offers: Swindlers impersonate well-known companies in a text that includes a link to a survey. They offer a gift card or cash upon survey completion.

  • Delivery deception: A text message asking for credit card confirmation will appear to be sent from a delivery service and ask

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Violent crime rose during Shapiro’s stint as attorney general; Vote Mastriano

I recently read an article about Josh Shapiro’s promises to Pennsylvania.

The article tells us that Shapiro is “focused on reducing violent crime,” but it neglects to tell us that Shapiro currently holds the Attorney General position in Pennsylvania, which is responsible for reducing the violent crime in Pennsylvania, but during Shapiro’s tenure as AG, violent crime has only been increasing in Pennsylvania. Attorney General Josh Shapiro is not doing his job to decrease violent crime, so what make anyone think his gubernatorial campaign on reducing violent crime is anything more than empty promises?

The Wolf administration, of which Shapiro is an integral part, is responsible for high unemployment, thanks to Wolf’s draconian COVID-19 policies, enforced by Josh Shapiro’s AG office. So many businesses have shut down. Thank Wolf and his AG, Josh Shapiro. COVID has certainly not gone away — only the businesses.

Out-of-control inflation is thanks to oil shortages which are damaging the supply chain, thus causing prices to go up for all products, especially necessities like food. As Doug Mastriano well knows, Pennsylvania is sitting on more natural gas than Saudi Arabia. Pennsylvania could be as rich as Texas, but thanks to rules and regulations implemented by the Wolf administration, of which Shapiro is an integral part, fracking in Pennsylvania is severely limited, and our state is losing population. Indeed we lost an entire congressional seat. I blame the Wolf administration, of which Shapiro is an integral part.

But the most laughable allegation this article made is that Shapiro “supports increased funding for law enforcement.” Indeed, the infamous Larry Krasner, District Attorney of Philadelphia, falls under the purview of Shapiro’s Attorney General Office. These two men overlap. No one has done more to increase crime in Philadelphia than has Larry Krasner. Perhaps Philadelphia’s murder rate does not

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