El Salvador: Nouvelle tentative de criminaliser l’avocate Bertha María Deleón

10/05/21

Bertha María Deleón

Le 4 mai, Bertha María Deleón a subi une nouvelle tentative de criminalisation de son travail d’avocate et de défenseur des droits humains de la part du politicien Walter Araujo. Ce dernier est poursuivi pour avoir diffusé des messages haineux et misogynes contre l’avocate.

Bertha est une avocate pénaliste qui défend les droits humains et en particulier les droits des femmes. Elle possède une vaste expérience en tant que représentante légale des femmes victimes de divers types de violence, notamment son travail de défense des femmes criminalisées pour des complications obstétriques. L’avocate salvadorienne a également critiqué la gestion du gouvernement actuel du Salvador.

Bertha María Deleón fait l’objet d’une campagne de discréditation menée par Walter Araujo, dans le but de porter atteinte à sa réputation professionnelle d’avocate. L’homme politique Araujo est poursuivi pour avoir constamment exprimé des violences sexistes à l’égard de l’avocate sur les réseaux sociaux.

Le 4 mai, Walter Araujo a initié par le biais des tribunaux une nouvelle tentative de criminaliser l’avocate pour l’exercice de sa profession. Araujo allègue que Bertha aurait révélé des informations sur l’affaire susmentionnée dans laquelle l’avocate est victime.

Ce nouvel acte d’intimidation à l’encontre de l’avocate salvadorienne est particulièrement inquiétant depuis la révocation de tous les magistrats de la Chambre constitutionnelle de la Cour Suprême et du Procureur général. Cela met en péril le respect des garanties d’une procédure régulière.

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https://www.laprensagrafica.com/elsalvador/Bertha-Deleon-responde-a-denuncia-de-Walter-Araujo–20210504-0059.html

https://lanoticiasv.com/abogada-que-le-gano-a-lpg-el-juicio-del-meme-denuncio-que-sufrio-un-atentado-contra-su-vida

https://www.elsalvador.com/fotogalerias/noticias-fotogalerias/bertha-deleon-walter-araujo/834366/2021/

https://www.laprensagrafica.com/elsalvador/Araujo-quiere-demandar-a-Bertha-Maria-Deleon-20210503-0132.html

https://diario.elmundo.sv/por-que-walter-araujo-demando-a-la-abogada-bertha-deleon/

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https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/case-history-bertha-de-leon

USA/Syria: Dearborn Man Accused Of ISIS Ties Threatened To Kill His Lawyer If Freed On Bond

08/05/21

A legal team is fighting to get bond for a Dearborn man accused of being an ISIS soldier who hates America. However, the man has threatened to kill his lawyer as soon as he’s released, according to a government court filing.

U.S. District Judge David Lawson in Detroit will decide the bond issue Monday for Ibraheem Musaibli, 30, held in the Livingston County Jail on charges linked to the Islamic extremist group. A trial is set for October. 

The story of the bond issue was first reported by Robert Snell of The Detroit News.

Musaibli was arrested on the Syrian battlefield in 2018 and subsequently indicted on allegations of knowingly providing and attempting to provide material support to ISIS. He was detained by Syrian Democratic Forces and was transferred to U.S. custody in July 2018.

He has been in federal custody nearly three years. His attorneys say he’s harassed in jail because he’s Muslim. He’s in isolation. 

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In arguing against bond, the government questioned his ties to the community:

Much of Musaibli’s history is unremarkable: he worked for his parents’ perfume shop after dropping out of high school; he has had three failed marriages; he has rarely seen his four children (including not even having met two of them); and has few financial resources. Musaibli may have some physical and mental health issues, but none that support his release from custody.

Further more, the government wrote:

Musaibli expresses that he wants to be imprisoned in an Arab country rather than “this infidel country.” Finally, over a discovery issue, Musaibli claimed that “as soon as he is out he will kill [his] attorney.

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https://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/27960/dearborn_man_accused_of_isis_ties_threatened_to_kill_his_lawyer_if_freed_on_bond

https://eu.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2021/05/08/alleged-dearborn-islamic-state-soldier-vows-kill-lawyer-prosecutors-say/7348989002/

https://eu.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2021/01/19/islamic-state-soldier-set-help-feds-prosecute-dearborn-man-caught-syria/4125093001/

China/USA: Mainland Chinese lawyer delisted after taking up Hong Kong fugitives case barred from leaving country to join US fellowship programme

09/05/21

Lu Siwei was delisted along with Ren Quanniu earlier this year by mainland provincial judicial authorities after handling cases relating to 12 Hong Kong fugitives. Photo: Handout

A lawyer in mainland China deregistered after taking up the case of one of the Hong Kong fugitives who were captured while trying to flee to Taiwan has been barred on national security grounds from leaving the country to attend an American fellowship programme.

Lu Siwei was delisted along with Ren Quanniu earlier this year by mainland provincial judicial authorities after handling cases relating to the 12 fugitives arrested as they attempted to escape prosecution over their roles in Hong Kong’s anti-government protests.

On Saturday, border security guards stopped Lu at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport as he was about to board the Delta Air Lines’ DL288 flight for Seattle, the lawyer told the Post, after news of the incident surfaced on social media.

“They told me I could not leave,” Lu said, adding while he was not formally detained, and was eventually let go, the authorities prevented him from using his mobile phone for two hours. “In a way, they restricted my personal liberty,” he said.

The lawyer said he had earlier been barred from leaving the mainland when he wanted to attend a legal forum in Hong Kong at the start of 2020.

He believed his involvement in the fugitives’ case might have triggered mainland authorities to extend the travel ban to prevent him from attending the academic programme, which he said would not be covering sensitive topics.

A former human rights lawyer, Lu also had his professional licence revoked in January this year, after he took up the fugitives’ case. The dozen were intercepted by the Chinese coastguard at sea in August last year, after they departed from a Hong Kong dock on a speedboat towards Taiwan.

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https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3132822/mainland-chinese-lawyer-delisted-after-taking-hong-kong

https://hongkongfp.com/2021/01/15/lawyer-who-handled-hong-kong-12-case-loses-legal-licence/

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/upcoming-hearing-revocation-human-rights-lawyer-lu-siwei%E2%80%99s-license#:~:text=Lu%20Siwei%20(%E5%8D%A2%E6%80%9D%E4%BD%8D,the%20suffering%20of%20vulnerable%20groups.

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Egypt: AFTE submits a request to provide necessary health care to lawyer Muhammad Ramadan

08/05/21

The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE), submitted a request in cooperation with The defense committee of human rights lawyer “Muhammad Ramadan”, today, 8 May 2021, to the supreme state security prosecution, demanding his hospitalization, taking the necessary medical procedures regarding his health condition, and releasing him.

“Ramadan” was arrested in September 2018, and was charged with another case remained in pretrial detention pending case No. 467 of 2020, known in the media as “the case of the yellow jackets”

Click to access EN_HRL_20210420_Egypt_Concerns-regarding-the-continuous-deterioration-of-health-condition-of-lawyer-Hoda-Abdelmoniem-in-detention.pdf

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/mohamed-ramadan

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Azerbaijan/Armenia/The Netherlands: Three Azerbaijanis stab Armenian lawyer in Netherlands

08/05/21

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Armenian lawyer Anna Hakobyan was stabbed Friday in the Netherlands by three Azerbaijanis. Vahe Balbabyan wrote about this on Facebook.


“She is currently undergoing surgery at the hospital. Her condition is not clear yet. The dogs [i.e., the aforesaid Azerbaijanis] were arrested on the spot,” Balbabyan added.


Later he added: “One of our friends talked to Anna, the surgery was completed successfully, Anna is still weak, but I am sure everything will be fine. God be with you, dear Anna.”

https://news.am/eng/news/642744.html

https://armenpress.am/eng/news/1051711/

South Africa: Prominent Durban attorney Theasen Pillay stabbed to death

08/05/21

Well-known Durban attorney Theasen Pillay was found dead in his uMhlanga apartment on Friday. Picture: Facebook

A prominent Durban attorney was found dead, with stab wounds to his chest and hands, police said on Friday.

Theasen Pillay, 47, of Theasen Pillay and Associates, was found in his Umhlanga apartment on Friday.

“An inquest docket was opened for investigation by Durban North SAPS. The Durban North police received a complaint of a man who was found with stab wounds on Solstice Drive in Umhlanga Ridge,” police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said.

She said he was certified dead at the scene and his death would be investigated.

“They proceeded to the scene, where a body of a 47-year-old man was found inside the bedroom, with two stab wounds to the chest and on the left hand. He was certified dead by paramedics. The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated.”

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Pillay spearheaded a number of controversial matters in Durban, including a case in which a man was suing the health department after maggots were found in his father’s mouth during a hospital stay.

He also once represented the late King Goodwill Zwelithini, in his plan to sue MiWay over a leaked conversation between one of the insurance company’s sales reps and Zwelithini.

https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/prominent-durban-attorney-stabbed-to-death-20210507

https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/kwazulu-natal/confirmed-saps-set-to-probe-durban-attorneys-death-6e010efe-96cf-4ff5-b029-bd9bf8c20703

UK: Pro-Palestinian Trade Unionist Jailed After Fighting Jewish Lawyer In Hampstead Political Pub Feud

08/05/21

A pro-Palestinian trade unionist has been convicted of part in a ‘revenge attack’ at a pub that left a Jewish Tory lawyer with a broken nose and a torn retina.

Former school caretaker and artist Dennis McNulty, 60, beat 63-year-old intellectual property rights specialist Tim Ludbrook, who knocked him unconscious at King William IV Pub, Hampstead in 2018.

The pair had clashed verbally over their opposing political views, leading to McNulty being described by the lawyer as a ‘Hamas-loving b ***** d’.

Today, a jury found the father of three McNutly guilty of deliberately causing serious bodily harm in court.

Former school caretaker and local artist Dennis McNulty (pictured), 60, was jailed today after repeatedly beating 63-year-old intellectual property rights specialist Tim Ludbrook

McNulty and Mr Ludbrook met on August 3, 2018 at the busy King William IV pub on Hampstead High Street – where the couple exchanged blows over their polarized political views.

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https://whatsnew2day.com/pro-palestinian-trade-unionist-jailed-after-fighting-jewish-lawyer-in-hampstead-political-pub-feud/

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9554237/Pro-Palestine-trade-unionist-jailed-fighting-Jewish-barrister-Hampstead-political-pub-row.html

Azerbaijan: The advocacy of Shahla Humbatova and Irada Javadova has been restored

05/05/21

İradə Cavadova, Şəhla Hümbətova və Türkel Süleymanlı

The Presidium of the Bar Association withdrew the claim against Shahla Humbatova. She was reinstated as a member of the Bar Association, Humbatova told Turan. On May 5, a meeting of the Azerbaijani Bar Association was held, she told. “My question was also discussed at the meeting. It was decided to withdraw the claim against me. I was told that from tomorrow I can start work,” said Humbatova. She noted that she appealed against the decision of the Baku Administrative Court to expel her from the collegium.  Consideration of her appeal was scheduled for June 2. “However, without waiting for the consideration of the appeal, the panel withdrew its claim. I was expelled from the collegium by political order, and I was reinstated by the instructions from the same center,” Humbatova said.

The Bar Association in an official statement confirmed the restoration of the powers of Humbatova, as well as two other lawyers Irada Javadova and Turkel Suleimanli. 

Humbatova and Javadova are lawyers specializing in the human rights field.  In 2020, Humbatova was awarded the International Prize of the US State Department “Courageous Women”. 

https://www.turan.az/ext/news/2021/5/free/Social/en/3808.htm

https://www.ibanet.org/Article/NewDetail.aspx?ArticleUid=97af6ad6-3505-4d1f-8369-669bcd5f3ba5

https://www.rferl.org/a/call-for-reversal-of-top-azerbaijani-human-rights-lawyer-s-disbarment-united-states/31171382.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahla_Humbatova

https://www.meydan.tv/az/article/sehla-humbetova-ve-bir-nece-vekil-kollegiyaya-berpa-olundu/?ref=homepage-headline (Azərbaycan dili)

https://www.amerikaninsesi.org/a/%C5%9F%C9%99hla-h%C3%BCmb%C9%99tova-v%C9%99kill%C9%99r-kollegiyas%C4%B1ndan-nec%C9%99-sifari%C5%9Fl%C9%99-%C3%A7%C4%B1xar%C4%B1lm%C4%B1%C5%9Fd%C4%B1msa-eyni-qaydada-da-b%C9%99rpa-olundum/5879226.html

https://apa.az/az/hadise/Irad-Cavadova-Shla-Humbtova-v-Turkel-Suleymanlinin-vkillik-faliyyti-brpa-olunub-641734

https://www.azadliq.org/a/31239579.html

https://arqument.az/az/sehla-humbetova-ve-bir-nece-vekil-kollegiyaya-berpa-olundu/

https://az.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%9E%C9%99hla_H%C3%BCmb%C9%99tova

Nigeria: Soldiers Smash Imo Based Lawyer’s Car For Bearing Biafran Flag

03/05/21

The victim (lawyer) whose name is yet to be known disclosed in a video that the incident happened while on his way to a neighboring town.

He said he was accosted by men of the Nigerian Army and when he stopped, they smashed his car simply because they saw a Biafran flag in the car.

According to him, the soldiers said he should thank his God that he was a lawyer, else, they would have ‘wasted’ him.

“Is that the way to live? Let the world know that we are no longer free in Imo State.” the lawyer lamented

He expressed concern that his car was vandalized for no just cause. According to him, he has the right to admire the Biafran flag, and doing that is not a crime

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https://www.tori.ng/news/169207/soldiers-smash-lawyers-car-in-imo-over-biafran-fla.html

Video: Nigeria Army Allergyly Smash Lawyer Car Because Of Biafra Flag

Germany: Police arrest man suspected of neo-Nazi hate mail campaign

04/05/21

Rechtsanwältin Seda Basay-Yildiz
(Lawyer Seda Basay-Yildiz)

German police have arrested a man on suspicion of sending dozens of threatening letters to politicians, lawyers and journalists.

The letters contained “hateful, insulting and threatening content” and were signed with the acronym of a neo-Nazi group, officials said on Tuesday

A 53-year-old suspect was detained after a search of his apartment in the capital city Berlin, prosecutors said.

The unemployed man accused of being behind the campaign has previous convictions for “numerous crimes, including ones motivated by right-wing ideology,” prosecutors said.

Police say the suspect had sent almost 100 letters to people and organisations across Germany and Austria since August 2018.

The letters were mainly addressed to public figures known for their commitment against racism and anti-Semitism, as well as to immigrants themselves.

Threats were written under the pseudonym NSU 2.0 – a reference to the far-right National Socialist Underground movement that was responsible for a string of violent crimes and assassinations between 1998 and 2011.

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https://www.euronews.com/2021/05/04/german-police-arrest-man-suspected-of-neo-nazi-hate-mail-campaign

https://www.dailysabah.com/world/islamophobia/germany-arrests-man-sending-threats-with-neo-nazi-symbols

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seda_Basay-Yildiz

https://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/inland/nsu-2-0-anwaeltin-seda-basay-yildiz-hat-fragen-an-die-polizei-17325082.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/nsu-2-0-drohmails-verdaechtiger-in-berlin-verhaftet-a-003e4725-8a46-4537-9867-372c202d4c33

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seda_Ba%C5%9Fay-Y%C4%B1ld%C4%B1z

https://www.dw.com/tr/almanyada-nsu-20-tehdit-mektuplar%C4%B1-ile-ilgili-g%C3%B6zalt%C4%B1/a-57418915 (TURKCE)

https://www.hurriyet.com.tr/avrupa/nsu-2-0-imzali-tehdit-mektubularinin-zanlisi-yakalandi-41803357

https://www.swissinfo.ch/spa/alemania-ultraderecha_detienen-en-alemania-al-ultraderechista-autor-de-una-campa%C3%B1a-de-an%C3%B3nimos/46588274 (ESPANOL)

https://www.agenzianova.com/a/6090784d4885f2.96924230/3429824/2021-05-04/germania-arrestato-sospetto-autore-delle-email-minatorie-nsu-2-0 (ITALIANO)

https://www.dw.com/ru/v-frg-zaderzhan-vozmozhnyj-otpravitel-pisem-s-pravojekstremistskimi-ugrozami/a-57418770 (русский)