Opposition politician Job Sikhala has engaged leading international law firm, Amsterdam & Partners LLP, based in Washington DC & London, to fight his “legal and political” issues in Zimbabwe.
Sikhala is currently in remand prison at Chikurubi for allegedly inciting violence. He also faces charges of attempting to defeat the course of justice.
The terms of agreement indicate the international lawyers will represent Sikhala on a pro bono basis, meaning free of charge.
The firm states that it provides “strategic counsel to corporations and individuals operating in politically challenging and crisis-prone environments”.
It adds: “The firm offers a unique and multi-disciplinary approach in cases featuring political and extra-legal aspects, relying on decades of experience working with top ranking CEOs, heads of state, and leading corporate champions in Africa, the Middle East, East Asia and Latin America.
“With a reputation as tenacious corporate counsel focused on proactive crisis prevention strategies, Amsterdam & Partners LLP provides its clients with a full spectrum of dispute resolution services with the aim of tackling complex issues in some of the most difficult global jurisdictions.
“Our specialists have delivered effective international white-collar defense and international arbitration in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes in Guatemala, Nigeria, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela and Zambia.
“With our experience in managing, litigating and arbitrating disputes, and through our team and its extensive global network of top experts, we rapidly establish “virtual firms” of experts to proactively manage disputes and crises before they become shocks, damaging the reputation and/or negatively impacting the bottom line of businesses.”
In addition to multi-jurisdictional legal services, Amsterdam & Partners LLP also has a team dedicated to political advocacy, media relations and big data analytics, complementing the legal strategy with an expanded capacity to move the case in the public domain.
The law firm indicated it would commence work on Sikhala’s case the moment he signs the document sent to Harare for his signature.
Meanwhile, Hourlyhits has gathered that Amsterdam & Partners has had previous work linked to Zimbabwe. In 2013, the firm was awarded the Global Pro Bono Dispute of the Year Award after winning a case on behalf of Dr. Georges Tadonki, who was wrongfully dismissed from the United Nations after blowing the whistle on United Nations’ complicity in cholera atrocities in Zimbabwe.
In the case, Tadonki was represented by the Amsterdam founding partner Robert Amsterdam, who has been defending and advising leading corporations and governments leaders for nearly 40 years.
Other past and prominent clients of the firm include Mikhail Khodorkovsky, one of Russia’s most famous former political prisoners and now a leading opposition figure and philanthropist.
The firm has also represented prominent political leaders and activists such as Dr. Chee Soon Juan in Singapore and the former President of Zambia Rupiah Banda.