October 29, 2015
(A photo of the courthouse in Melun, located in the south-west of Paris, where the victim, Henrique Vannier worked. Google Street View/Screen capture)
France’s youngest chairman of the bar was shot and seriousy wounded by a lawyer facing supension, in a dramatic shoot-out at a court house near Paris, police sources said on Thursday.
Gun shots were fired early on Thursday morning at a courthouse in Melun, on the outskirts of Paris.
Joseph Scipilliti, a barrister from the south-western town, stormed into the office of Henrique Vannier, France’s youngest chairman of the bar, and opened fire on him three times.
Scipilliti then turned his gun on himself and took his own life. He was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
le 29 octobre, 2015
Le bâtonnier de Melun (Seine-et-Marne), Henrique Vannier, s’est fait tirer dessus par un avocat dans son bureau au tribunal, jeudi 29 octobre. Selon Me Lampin, citée par France Info, il est actuellement dans un état stable.
Le tireur a ensuite retourné l’arme contre lui. Il avait rendez-vous avec le bâtonnier qui devait lui notifier sa suspension, a indiqué une source proche du dossier à l’AFP, sans préciser le motif de cette suspension.
November 5, 2015
One night in July, Wang Yu, a lawyer in her mid-forties, returned to her home in Beijing after seeing her husband and teenage son off at the airport, unaware that they had both been detained by police before boarding their flight to Australia. Around 3 a.m. she sent a text message to friends: ‘Electricity and wifi were cut off suddenly. Someone is working on my door lock. I can hear murmured whispers outside, though it’s so dark I can’t see anything through the peephole.’ Neighbours later reported seeing dozens of police, who told them they were arresting a drug addict. Nothing has been heard of Wang since the text message. Her whereabouts are not known.
More than a hundred lawyers across the country signed an open letter demanding an official explanation. In response, police raided the offices of Fengrui, the law firm where Wang worked, arrested its founder and director, Zhou Shifeng, and rounded up its associates across the country. The official media hailed it as a successful crackdown by the Public Security Ministry on a ‘major criminal gang’ that had been undermining the social order since 2012. By 22 July, more than three hundred lawyers and civil rights activists had been detained or were being questioned. Those who signed the letter defending Zhou were barred from Beijing.