March 9, 2017
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De Nederlandse veiligheidsdiensten mogen advocatenkantoren niet afluisteren zonder een onafhankelijke of rechterlijke toets vooraf. Huidige afluisterpraktijken moeten binnen zes maanden worden gestaakt. Dat heeft de Haagse kortgedingrechter vanmorgen bepaald in het kort geding dat Prakken d’Oliveira en enkele andere advocaten hadden aangespannen tegen de Staat.
Veiligheidsdiensten als de AIVD en de MIVD moeten bovendien alle (niet getoetste) taps bij advocatenkantoren, direct of indirect, binnen zes maanden na het vonnis staken, aldus de rechter. Gedurende deze periode moet de Staat het beleid voor het afluisteren van advocaten door veiligheidsdiensten bijstellen.
Het bestaande beleid waarbij veiligheidsdiensten vertrouwelijke gesprekken van advocaten met cliënten mogen afluisteren en de inhoud ervan eventueel aan het OM mogen doorgeven, noemt de rechter onrechtmatig, ook in het kader van rechtspraak van het Europese hof voor de rechten van de mens. Deze gesprekken vallen immers onder het verschoningsrecht van advocaten, en inbreuk hierop is uitsluitend onder strikte voorwaarden toegestaan. “De enkele mogelijkheid van inbreuken op het verschoningsrecht van advocaten raakt aan de vertrouwelijkheid van de communicatie tussen advocaten en hun cliënten en daarmee aan het recht op een effectieve verdediging en de toegankelijkheid van advocaten,” stelt de rechter. “Daarmee is deze inbreuk in zekere zin ook onomkeerbaar.”
http://www.advocatie.nl/prakken-doliveira-wint-kort-geding-aivd-moet-stoppen-met-tappen-advocaten (Dutch court rules on Prakken d’Oliveira case: spying on lawyers must stop immediately)
PKK Lideri Abdullah Öcalan’ın avukatlarının yargılandığı davada, önceki duruşmalarda heyet başkanlığı yapan tutuklu hakim Mehmet Ekinci hakkında istenilen ek dosyalar ile “Gülen Cemaati Çatı İddianamesi”nin getirtilmesi talepleri reddedildi.
PKK Lideri Abdullah Öcalan’ın 46 avukatının yargılandığı KCK avukatlar davasının 7’nci duruşması, İstanbul 19. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’nde görüldü. Duruşmaya, sanık olarak yargılanan 5 avukat katılırken, çok sayıda avukat meslektaşlarını savunmak için duruşma salonunda hazır bulundu.
Fransa, Hollanda, Almanya ve İtalya barolarından avukatlar da duruşmayı izledi.
Duruşma, bir önceki celsede istenen belgelerin okunmasıyla başladı. Önceki celsede, Gülen cemaati soruşturmasından tutuklu bulunan hakim Mehmet Ekinci hakkında yazılan müzakereye verilen cevapta, hakkında toplam 4 soruşturmaya ilişkin bilgilerin gönderildiği görüldü.
Ardından avukatların savunmalarına geçildi. Avukatlar, savunmalarında önceki celsedeki taleplerini yineledi. Ardından iddia makamı, mahkeme heyetine sunduğu mütalaasında 2010/521 sayılı dosyanın CMK 250. Maddesi ile ilgili bölümlerin sonuçlarının Cumhuriyet Başsavcılığı’ndan sorulmasını istedi.
Daha sonra duruşmaya kısa bir ara veren mahkeme heyeti, İstanbul Cumhuriyet Başsavcılığı’na müzakere yazılarak 2010/521 sayılı dosyanın şüphelilerinin kim olduğu, soruşturma sonucunda dava açılıp açılmadığı, açılmış ise kimler hakkında hangi mahkemeye dava açıldığı, 2010/521 sayılı soruşturma dosyasından dava dosyası olan iddianamenin 2011/2196 soruşturma nolu dosyası ile tefrik edilip edilmediğinin sorulmasına karar verdi.
http://dihaber.net/TUM-HABERLER/content/view/12190 (“* PKK lideri Abdullah Öcalan’ın 46 avukatının yargılandığı KCK avukatlar davasının duruşması, İstanbul 19. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’nde görülecek. (10.00)” The trial of 46 lawyers for KCK took place this morning. Lawyers from France, Holland, Germany and Italy are observing the trial.)
March 9, 2017
Senator Leila de Lima has filed a resolution calling for an investigation into the murders of lawyers handling controversial cases, including the counsel of the late Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., who was himself killed inside his jail cell by police.
“This recent spate of killings victimizing members of the Bar makes it imperative for the government to enact measures for the personal and professional safety of Filipino lawyers and to effectively prevent attacks on their independence and safety,” De Lima’s Proposed Senate Resolution No. 300 said.
She cited the following murders:
De Lima said the 8th United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders mandates that “governments shall ensure that lawyers are able to perform all their professional functions without intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference.”
“[W]here the security of lawyers is threatened as a result of discharging their functions, they shall be adequately safeguarded by the authorities,” she said, quoting paragraph 17 of the Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers of the UN instrument.
March 8, 2017
Rights activists and groups are welcoming a Thai government decision to drop legal cases against three rights activists who authored a report last year accusing Thai security forces of abuse and torture in restive southern Thai provinces.
In early 2016, rights lawyers Somchai Homlaor, Pornpen Khongkachonkie, and Anchana Heemmina, published a report citing 54 cases of alleged torture and mistreatment of prisoners in military custody.
Three majority Muslim Malay provinces have been the center of a 12-year insurgency that has claimed more than 6,000 lives with little progress in efforts to achieve a peaceful settlement.
Following the report’s public release, Thai Internal Security Operations Command officials filed a criminal complaint against the activists, accusing them of defamation and breaches of the Computer Crimes Act.They faced prison sentences of up to five years and fines of $2,800.
The decision to drop the charges Tuesday followed negotiations and agreement by the activists to present future evidence to the ISOC before releasing any report.
March 9, 2017
The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers condemns the harassment of Atty. V.J. Topacio, a lawyer of the Pro Labor Center, and a member of the NUPL
Atty. Topacio was followed and tailgated after he attended a preliminary investigation hearing of Ferdinand Castillo, the campaign officer of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Metro Manila, who was illegally arrested recently. During the hearing, Atty. Topacio questioned the propriety of the appearance of a certain Bryan De Guzman Bantilan, who introduced himself as a lawyer representing the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police. On his way home after the hearing, Atty. Topacio was followed and chased by a white Toyota Revo with Plate No. SGY 793 and a motorcycle. He was able to shake off the vehicles.
This is not the first time that Atty. Topacio was subjected to such form of harassment. In a similar instance he was also surveilled and followed by suspected state agents a few days after he represented Andrea Rosal, the daughter of former spokesperson of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
Obviously, these are intended to intimidate Atty, Topacio to discourage him to represent victims of harassment by state agents like Ferdinand Castillo and Andrea Rosal.
The harassment of Atty. Topacio, and the recent attacks and killings of other lawyers, is an attack against the legal profession, since these are all obviously intended to prevent them from performing their functions as lawyers and undermine their independence. Ultimately, this is an attack against the client’s right to effective representation as guaranteed by the Constitution and the United Nation Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.
As such, the NUPL condemns the harassment of Atty. Topacio, and the continuing attacks against lawyers, and calls on the Government, as well as the military and police establishments, to respect the role of lawyers as embodied in the Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, and to stop the attack against them.
Atty. Ephraim B. Cortez
NUPL Secretary General
Atty. Cristina Yambot
NUPL Public Information Officer
(National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers Facebook)