It is unlawful to bar Ahmednasir from Supreme court says LSK

The ban, issued on Thursday and signed by the Registrar of the Supreme Court Muthoni Wachira, was declared by the full bench of the apex court
It is unlawful to bar Ahmednasir from Supreme court says LSK
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The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has labeled the decision by the Supreme Court to permanently bar renowned city lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi from making submissions before it as illegal.

The ban, issued on Thursday and signed by the Registrar of the Supreme Court Muthoni Wachira, was declared by the full bench of the apex court.

 LSK President Eric Theuri contends that the Court lacks the legal authority to prevent an Advocate duly authorized by the Law Society from practicing law.

He argues that the Supreme Court’s verdict violates the “principle of the right to be heard,” which he deems a fundamental element of any fair decision.

 “The decision has no basis in law, is illegal, irregular and paints the Court as a purveyor of injustice,” Theuri asserted.

Commenting on the judges’ decision to also prohibit associates in Abdullahi’s law firm from making presentations before the apex court, LSK President argued that every individual has a constitutional right to choose their counsel.

The Supreme Court has irredeemably lost it on this one. The Court cannot violate a consumer’s rights by dictating who should appear before them.”

Theuri further contends that the decision sets a dangerous precedent where courts “can bar anyone they dislike.”

Additionally, he notes that the decision justifies the ongoing criticism of the Judiciary.

The Judiciary has faced heavy criticism in recent weeks, with the executive led by President William Ruto accusing ‘corrupt’ judicial officers of sabotaging the government’s agenda in some of their rulings.

The LSK boss highlighted that the lawyer’s body is seeking an apology from the Supreme Court over the decision that has elicited mixed reactions from Kenyans.

The Law Society will not allow its statutory mandate to be encroached upon by the Court and will seek an immediate retraction and apology from the Supreme Court,” he added.

The Supreme court accuses Ahmednasir of conducting a campaign on print, electronic, and social media while scandalizing the court.

Over the years, you have relentlessly and unabashedly conducted a campaign in the broadcast, print and social media aimed at scandalizing, ridiculing, and out-rightly denigrating this Court,” the letter sent to him reads in part.

Through social media posts, media interviews, and write-ups, you have accused the Court either in its constitutive persona, or individual membership, of acts of corruption, incompetence, and outright bribery.”

Abdullahi has since termed the decision to bar him from the apex court as “a badge of honour”.

Abdullahi, popularly known as Grand Mullah, asserted his long-held argument that the top court and its judges are “corrupt”.

Isn’t it a badge of honour for the most corrupt court in Kenya to refuse me and my law firm an audience,” he remarked.

Agencies

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