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Lawyer launches missile at judge

Lawyer launches missile at judge

A Bangladeshi High Court has banned 13 lawyers from practising in the country after they disrespected judges.According to the Daily Star, one lawyer went so far as to launch a "feet-long"…

A Bangladeshi High Court has banned 13 lawyers from practising in the country after they disrespected judges.

According to the Daily Star, one lawyer went so far as to launch a "feet-long" plastic missile at a High Court judge, with the object hitting a ceiling fan before dropping to the bench. The accused lawyer has denied the allegation.

The anarchy which descended in the courtroom in early August; which was packed full of journalists, lawyers and observers, forced judges to halt proceedings and leave court.

The Supreme Court registrar alerted all bars and lower courts in the country to effectively ban the 13 lawyers from setting foot in a court.

The 13 lawyers, along with around 40 unnamed people, were attending a bail petition hearing in relation to charges laid by the senior assistant commissioner of police that they had assaulted and prevented police from performing their duties at the High Court.

At the hearing, the lawyers are reported to have been turning around wooden benches in the courtroom, shouting slogans, yelling at judges and assaulting police guards.

The chaos was fuelled by a heated political rivalry between some of the lawyers, with a faction protesting against the presiding judges' observation that opposition BNP chairperson and former premier Khaleda Zia might lack patriotism.

To add to the confusion, the Daily Star reported that "at one point", one of the judges became embarrassed to continue to hear the petition, but the name of that judge and the reason for his embarrassment was not known, as if the judge in question didn't have enough material to work with.

Folklaw doesn't know what Judge Judy is up to these days, but surely a strong hand is needed to rein in some of these recalcitrant Bangladeshi lawyers?

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