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Media Advisory
November 17, 2008
  Contact:
Eric Friedman
(212) 382-6754 

PAKISTAN’S OUSTED CHIEF JUSTICE IFTIKHAR MUHAMMAD CHAUDHRY TO RECEIVE HONORARY MEMBERSHIP AT THE NEW YORK CITY BAR

NEW YORK— Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, who was removed as Pakistan’s Chief Justice by former President Pervez Musharraf and became a symbol of the movement for judicial and lawyer independence in Pakistan, will be presented with an honorary membership when he visits the Association on November 17th.

The award was bestowed in absentia last January, as Chaudhry was under house arrest after his ouster and the suspension of the Pakistani Constitution by President Musharraf one year ago, on November 3rd, 2007. On November 14th, 2007, the City and State Bars, along with several other organizations, organized a rally of some 700 lawyers on the steps of the New York Supreme Court in Manhattan in support of Chief Justice Chaudhry and the Pakistan Lawyers Movement.

Despite the election of a new President in Pakistan, Chaudhry and a number of superior court judges have yet to be restored.

The award of Honorary Membership recognizes Chief Justice Chaudhry’s efforts to uphold Pakistan’s independent judiciary. Previous recipients include Chief Justice William Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court, Chief Justice Bhagwati of the Indian Supreme Court and Judge Thomas Buergenthal of the International Court of Justice.

Who/What:     Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court will receive honorary membership at the New York City Bar

When:             Monday, November 17th, 2008, 6:00 p.m.

Where:             New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street

Link to the Address of Pakistan's Ousted Chief Justice Chaudhry to New York City Bar

This event is free and open to the public.

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