Daily Archives: 06/07/2016

Kenya: Willie Kimani: Kenyan lawyer tortured before death

July 6, 2016

A member of the civil society chants slogans during a protest dubbed "Stop extrajudicial killings" on the killing of human rights lawyer, Willie Kimani, his client and their driver in Nairobi, Kenya, July 4, 2016

Kenyan lawyer Willie Kimani was tortured before being killed and his body dumped in a river, a pathologist has said in court.

Mr Kimani, his client and their driver were abducted last month after filing a complaint against the police. Their bodies were found a week later.

Four police officers have been arrested – they have not commented.

There have been nationwide protests, with complaints that extrajudicial killings are widespread.

Pathologist Andrew Gachie said Mr Kimani had 14 injuries to various parts of his body.

His skull and genitals had been crushed and he died from blunt force trauma to his head, the pathologist’s report said.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36722205

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/kenyan-protesters-burn-police-post-illegal-killings-40375334

We will find lawyer’s killers and punish them, Boinnet assures

http://www.africanews.com/2016/07/06/angry-kenyan-protesters-burn-down-crime-scene-of-police-murders/

http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/stop-extrajudicial-killings-kenya-willie-kimani/

http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/kenya-police-station-torched-after-rights-lawyers-killing-20160706-3

IN PICTURES: Lawyers stage another march over murder of colleague

http://www.salon.com/2016/07/06/kenyan_protesters_burn_police_post_over_cop_linked_murders/

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/07/06/kenyans-protest-extra-judicial-killings-linked-to-police.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3677236/Kenyan-protesters-burn-police-post-illegal-killings.html

https://noticias.terra.com/mundo/kenia-manifestantes-incendian-cuartel-policial,5cfe96b029c89a4ee3b56eb28f3b9a8a4vlbqei9.html (SPANISH)

http://www.agenzianova.com/a/577d230b9f9782.06244228/1382760/2016-07-06/kenya-omicidio-attivista-kimani-manifestanti-incendiano-stazione-di-polizia-a-sud-di-nairobi (ITALIAN)

#Justiceforwillie

 

France: Liberté d’expression : L’avocat grenoblois Ripert interdit d’exercer pendant 3 ans

le 5 juillet, 2016

Cour d'appel de Grenoble.

La cour d’appel de Grenoble a infligé une interdiction temporaire d’exercer de trois ans dont un avec sursis à l’avocat grenoblois Bernard Ripert pour des faits pour lesquels, six semaines plus tôt, il avait bénéficié d’une relaxe de la part de ses pairs.

 

Alors qu’il faisait l’objet d’une interdiction d’exercer la profession d’avocat d’un an prononcée le 2 décembre 2013, il est reproché au défenseur historique d’Action directe — qui avait déjà fait l’objet d’un blâme en 2009 et d’un avertissement en 2010 — d’avoir, le 15 juin 2014 devant la cour d’assises du Var et le 10 septembre 2014 devant celle de la Drôme, demandé, en tenue civile, à assurer la défense de deux accusés sur le fondement de l’article 275 du code de procédure pénale réservé aux amis et parents des accusés.

Quelques jours après sa reprise d’activité, le 30 décembre 2014, Me Ripert a par ailleurs écrit au directeur du centre pénitentiaire de Saint-Quentin-Fallavier (Isère) pour lui demander si« avec son ‘surveillant minable’, il se croyait encore en 1942 » et, enfin, lors d’un procès devant la cour d’assises de l’Isère, au cours du mois de mars 2015, il a dit au président de la cour qu’ « avant de présider la cour d’assises, on doit apprendre le code de procédure pénale ». Faits pour lesquels il avait fait l’objet d’une suspension provisoire de 4 mois le 4 février 2016, prolongée le 12 mai 2016 jusqu’au 30 juin 2016. Il a également fait l’objet d’une hospitalisation d’office le 23 mai 2016 pendant un peu moins de deux jours.

http://www.lextimes.fr/jurisprudence/droit-disciplinaire/liberte-dexpression/lavocat-grenoblois-ripert-interdit-dexercer-pendant-3-ans

#FreeRipert

Cameroon: Biya pardons French lawyer Lydienne Yen Eyoum upon pressure from French President

July 5, 2016

Yaounde-Cameroon:Biya pardons French lawyer Lydienne Yen Eyoum upon pressure from French President

Lydian Yen-Eyoum,the French lawyer with origin from Cameroon, has been released on Monday July 4,according to information obtained from her lawyers.Madame Eyoum was  arrested in Cameroon in January of  2010 and accused of embezzlement, she was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment by the Special Criminal Court in Yaounde in connection with the Operation Sparrowhawk, a controversial program setup by the Biya regime to allegedly fight against corruption that has instead led to the arrest  many Cameroonian many personalities who seem a threat to the regime of Mr Biya.
Mr Biya announced  on Monday that he had  granted presidential pardon  to Lydienne Yen Eyoum. The French lawyer had been serving a 25 years sentence at the Kondengui High Security prison in Yaounde,accused  by the Special Criminal Court of siphoning off 1,077 billion CFA francs (1.5 million euros).

Her lawyers welcomed the news of her unexpected release. Lydian Yen Eyoum had indeed exhausted all legal options to regain her freedom. On  the 9th of June 2015, the Supreme Court, the highest court in Cameroon, had re confirmed her sentence in her last appeal.

http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/item/6361-yaounde-cameroon-biya-pardons-french-lawyer-lydienne-yen-eyoum-upon-pressure-from-french-president

https://www.enca.com/africa/cameroon-leader-pardons-french-lawyer-jailed-for-graft