Daily Archives: 08/05/2017

Morocco: Mustapha Ramid s’explique après une altercation avec un avocat stagiaire

le 21 février, 2017

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Accusé d’avoir menacé un avocat stagiaire du barreau de Casablanca, le ministre explique avoir entendu quelqu’un lui “parler de manière sarcastique“, et annonce en avoir touché mot au bâtonnier pour qu’il “lui apprenne le respect de ses confrères aînés”.

Mourad Elajouti, un avocat stagiaire du barreau de Casablanca, relate dans un post Facebook supprimé depuis, une altercation avec le ministre de la Justice, Mustapha Ramid. Tout part d’une boutade sur le statut actuel du chef du gouvernement, Abdelilah Benkirane, que le ministre de la Justice a moyennement appréciée. L’affaire a très vite été reprise par plusieurs médias, et dénoncée comme une atteinte à la liberté d’expression.

L’histoire remonte au 17 février à Casablanca. À la sortie d’une conférence organisée par l’Association marocaine des juges et le ministère de la Justice à la Maison d’avocat de Casablanca, “Mustapha Ramid a engagé une discussion avec des jeunes, des responsables et des membres du corps judiciaire“, raconte Mourad Elajouti. “Je lui ai posé une question pour savoir comment on peut qualifier la situation actuelle du chef du gouvernement par rapport au Code du travail, si on considère le blocage actuel comme un cas de force majeure pouvant conduire à la résiliation du contrat de travail“, pouvait-on lire sur son post. Mais, poursuit-il, “j’ai pris soin de préciser juste après que ma question n’était pas sérieuse et qu’elle avait pour but de détendre l’atmosphère”.



China: Chinese Rights Lawyer ‘Released’ After Guilty Plea During Subversion Trial

May 8, 2017

Chinese human rights lawyer Xie Yang is shown in an undated photo.

Authorities in the central Chinese province of Hunan on Monday released rights lawyer Xie Yang on “bail” after he pleaded guilty at his subversion trial and backtracked on previous reports of his torture while in police detention.

Xie, 45, stood trial at the Changsha Intermediate People’s Court on Monday, pleading guilty to charges of “incitement to subvert state power” and “disrupting court order.”

“Xie told the court … that he had not been coerced into a confession nor had he been subjected to torture,” state news agency Xinhua reported, reflecting the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s official version of events.

His defense attorney said he has since been released “on bail,” although it was unclear whether he had fully regained his liberty.

Chen Jiangang, who was prevented from acting as his lawyer after publicizing his client’s torture allegations, said Xie has now been released “on bail” after doing a deal with the authorities.

“I have received news from his government-appointed lawyer that Xie Yang has been released,” Chen said. “After the trial, he was taken back to the detention center, where he was granted bail.”

“They cut a deal,” Chen said. “If you look at the statement he made right at the start, he emphasized this point very clearly, that [any confession] would be either because he was tortured, or because it was part of a deal [for his release].”








Wife: How I First Learned About Xie Yang’s Torture







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China: China forces lawyer on 3,000-kilometre road trip, raising new questions about justice

May 8, 2017

A photo described as the trial showing human rights lawyer Xie Yang is displayed on a computer in Beijing, China on May 8, 2017. (Ng Han Guan/AP)

For anyone with the time and inclination, the 3,000 kilometres of roads to Beijing from Guanping, a village deep in the verdant mountains of southwest China next to Myanmar, make for a stunning expedition. A tour guide might talk up the highlands of southern Sichuan province, the culinary scene in Chengdu, the ancient imperial history of Xi’an and the remnants of the Great Wall around the modern capital.

But Chen Jiangang, a lawyer who has attracted prominence abroad and anger at home for publicizing shocking allegations of Chinese torture in custody, was on a very different kind of road trip when he set off from Guanping last week. After several dozen armed security forces suddenly descended upon him in the midst of a family vacation, he was forced to drive back to Beijing in his Honda Accord accompanied by two members of China’s secret police and an official with the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice.

The long, slow trip back – a kind of mobile house arrest – marked one of the more bizarre entries in the annals of Chinese enforcement of justice, as authorities kept Mr. Chen on the road while a client was suddenly put on trial far away.

On Monday morning, the lawyer woke up 1,200 kilometres from the courtroom where Xie Yang, one of hundreds of Chinese human rights defenders rounded up during a 2015 crackdown, was tried for “inciting subversion of state power and disrupting court order.”


Turkey: Update re Imprisoned Former Human Rights Lawyer Selahattin Demirtas

May 8, 2017

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#SelahattinDemirtaş, co-chair of Turkey’s 3rd largest political party, in 184th day under arrest. #TurkeyPurge

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China: Prominent rights lawyer’s delayed trial opens in China

May 8, 2017

This photo taken on April 25, 2017 shows supporters of lawyer Xie Yang outside the Intermediate People's Court in Changsha, in China's Hunan province

The trial of a prominent Chinese human rights lawyer began on Monday without prior public notice, following delayed proceedings in the case which sparked international concern after allegations he was tortured.

Xie Yang, who had worked on numerous cases considered politically sensitive by China’s ruling Communist Party, was among hundreds of legal staff and activists detained in a crackdown in the summer of 2015.

“On May 8 at 9:30 am, the trial of defendant Xie Yang opened. (He) is charged with inciting subversion of state power and disrupting court order,” the Changsha Intermediate People’s Court said in a post on its verified microblog.

The court also posted what appeared to be a transcript of opening proceedings.

Last-minute delays or sudden announcements of sensitive trials are not uncommon even though Chinese law requires courts to give a defendant’s family and lawyers three days notice of any changes.

On April 25, dozens of supporters and at least seven diplomats had gathered at the Changsha court in central Hunan province — a long way from Beijing and Shanghai — only to be told the trial was indefinitely postponed.

Since they received no confirmation of the new trial date, diplomatic sources told AFP they were not prepared to head to Changsha again to observe the trial.





Bill of Indictment Against Human Rights Lawyer Xie Yang

Xie Yang’s Handwritten Statement on January 13, 2017













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Turkey: Turkey lifts ban on 82 judges and prosecutors, issues new warrants

May 7, 2017

Police try to stop people from attacking judge suspected in the 2016, June 15 failed coup in Turkey. Photo :CNN/File

Turkish authorities have lifted legal bans on 82 judges and prosecutors who were previously dismissed from office after the failed July coup last summer and expected to return to their public positions following months-long investigations, Turkey’s High Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) said Friday.

The council has also issued new warrants for another 23 public defenders who had been expelled from office for alleged links to the outlawed Islamist Gullen movement.

The suspects are among the 107 judges and prosecutors dismissed from public service Friday, Anadolu News Agency reported, most of them based in western cities of the country in Istanbul and Edirne.

Turkey on Saturday expelled more than 3,900 people from the civil service and military as threats to national security.

Turkish media reported that a district court judge in Istanbul and Bilecik were among the 23 suspects arrested in the Friday raids.

The council has dismissed appeal for another 329 judges and prosecutors to return to their positions, it said in a statement Friday.

Since the declaration of a state of emergency last year, nearly 4,200 judges and prosecutors have been expelled, an estimated 100,000 sacked from other public posts and more than 47,000 people have been arrested.



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With the recent dismissal of 107 more judges from profession, the total number of those dismissed is now 4424. #TurkeyPurge

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