300 de­tai­nees li­ving in un­cer­tain­ty

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

The tri­als of ne­ar­ly 300 de­tai­nees last week we­re put on hold un­til fur­ther no­ti­ce. The legal sy­s­tem has been pa­ra­ly­zed sin­ce last week. Jud­ges ha­ve not been ab­le to hand­le any ca­ses be­cau­se the clerks of the court are on stri­ke to pro­test against the de­plo­ra­ble sta­te of the cour­t­hou­se lo­ca­ted along the Fre­de­rik Der­by­s­traat.

De­fen­se At­tor­ney Ire­ne Lal­ji told Ti­mes of Su­ri­na­me that the­se 300 de­tai­nees are li­ving in un­cer­tain­ty be­cau­se they do not know when their ca­ses will be hand­led by the court. Twen­ty de­tai­nees usu­al­ly ap­pear be­fo­re each ju­d­ge on a dai­ly ba­sis. Lal­ji ex­plai­ned that the de­fen­se at­tor­neys al­so can’t tell their clients and their clients’ re­la­ti­ves when the court will hand­le their ca­se. She poin­ted out that the at­tor­neys are al­so li­ving in un­cer­tain­ty. The de­fen­se at­tor­neys ha­ve not been told when the tri­als will be held and whe­re they will be held. They are cur­rent­ly fol­lo­wing news re­ports to get the la­test news.

Lal­ji poin­ted out that she has al­rea­dy tal­ked about the con­se­quen­ces of pa­ra­ly­zing the legal sy­s­tem. The sus­pects’ in­te­rests are being se­rious­ly vi­o­la­ted and the­re is al­so the risk of ri­ots brea­king out in jail hou­ses.

The cur­rent si­tu­a­ti­on is al­so in vi­o­la­ti­on of hu­man rights tre­a­ties. The law clear­ly sta­tes that a ca­se must be re­su­med wit­hout any in­ter­rup­ti­ons.

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