Daily Archives: 05/10/2017

France: L’avocat d’Abdelkader Merah dénonce à l’audience des menaces de mort contre ses propres enfants

le 5 octobre, 2017

L'avocat d'Abdelkader Merah dénonce à l'audience des menaces de mort contre ses propres enfants

Me Éric Dupont-Moretti a décrit la lettre reçue jeudi matin et dans laquelle on promet “une balle dans la tête de chacun de ses enfants”.

L’avocat d’Abdelkader Merah, Me Éric Dupond-Moretti, a dénoncé jeudi devant la cour d’assises de Paris une lettre anonyme proférant des menaces de mort contre ses enfants. “J’ai reçu ce matin une lettre qui me met dans un état particulier parce qu’on promet une balle dans la tête à chacun de mes enfants”, a déclaré le ténor du barreau, en assurant ne s’être “jamais senti aussi avocat”.

Abdelkader Merah est jugé depuis lundi pour “complicité” dans les crimes de son frère Mohamed, qui avait assassiné au nom du djihad sept personnes, dont trois enfants juifs, en 2012 à Toulouse et Montauban.

“Je ne défends pas une cause mais un homme”. “Je connais mieux que personne le fait que l’avocat soit regardé comme celui qu’il défend. Mais c’est mon honneur de défendre Abdelkader Merah”, a ajouté Me Dupond-Moretti, expliquant: “je ne défends pas une cause mais un homme”. “Je ne suis pas payé par Daech (acronyme arabe du groupe État islamique) ni par les États du Golfe et je n’ai pas demandé un centime pour assurer sa défense”, a poursuivi l’avocat qui a indiqué recevoir de nombreuses lettres anonymes, comme avant lui, pour d’autres affaires, ses confrères Jacques Isorni, Robert Badinder ou Henri Leclerc.







https://sivertimes.com/children-of-eric-dupond-moretti-the-companion-of-isabelle-boulay-threatened-with-death-because-of-the-case-merah-gala/72099 (ENGLISH)

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The Philippines: House panel finds sufficient ground to impeach Sereno

October 5, 2017

The House Committee on Justice, voting 25-2, found sufficient ground to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who has been accused of culpable violation of the Constitution, corruption, other high crimes and betrayal of public trust.

This means the impeachment complaint filed by lawyer Larry Gadon and which the same panel foundsufficient in form and substance on September 13 will move forward. The committee will also determine whether there is probable cause to impeach Sereno.

Those findings will be included in a committee report on the complaint.

Members of the House of Representatives will vote in plenary on whether to approve or reject the justice committee’s report.

If at least a third of the members of the House — 98 of 292 members — vote to approve the committee report, this will then constitute the Articles of Impeachment and the chief justice is impeached.

The Articles of Impeachment will be transmitted to the Senate, which will try the case as an impeachment court.










India: Advocates in Karnataka abstain from court work over Justice Jayant Patel’s transfer

October 4, 2017

Protesting the transfer of senior-most puisne judge of the Karnataka High Court Justice Jayant Patel to Allahabad High Court, all advocates in Karnataka boycotted court work on Wednesday.

This comes after the Karnataka State Bar Council and Advocates Association Bangalore passed a resolution to the same effect over the controversial transfer.

Speaking to TNM, HC Shivaramu, Convenor, Advocates Association Bangalore said, “Our resolution was passed on two issues. Firstly, we protest the demotion of Justice Jayant Patel. The second issue is there are only 24 working judges in Karnataka High Court. We have written to the Chief Justice of India and the Collegium to fill up the vacancies as early as possible.”

Justice Patel, who is the senior-most puisne judge, had tendered his resignation on September 25 after he was transferred to Allahabad High Court.

He was eligible to be the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, as Chief Justice SK Mukherjee is set to retire on October 9.






Turkey: An Anonymous Judge Reveals Severe Situation In Turkey’s Judiciary In A Letter

October 5, 2017

A letter by a Turkish judge who wrote to journalist Ahmet Dönmez for the TR724 news portal has revealed the severity of the situation in Turkey’s judiciary. The letter, a copy of which was published by journalist Dönmez, details the Turkish government’s control and pressure on judiciary to make politically motivated decisions along with the judges’ ordeal, despair and distress in adjudication and examen.

The judge, his name was kept anonymous, said the judges are under incredible pressure by noting that in Turkey judges are hostages on the basis of not being able to make a decision according to fair trial principle. He said that many judges are willing to return a verdict of not guilty in “FETÖ/PDY” cases, however they fear being associated with the Gülen movement, hence they act otherwise in order to not lose their job and not being imprisoned.

“FETÖ” is a pejorative acronym that Turkey’s political Islamist government has used to smear the civic Gülen movement as a ‘terror organization.’

“Most of these judges would die of starvation if they leave their profession. They are forced into make decisions. They are afraid of having bad straits and ending up in jail. They fear from being labelled as terrorists,” he said in an e-mail dated October 2, 2017. The judge went a step further and said that “Do not expect everyone to be a hero. And there is no need for everyone to be so characterless. It is enough to find a prosecutor with weak character and a judge in a province,” by noting that the rest of the judges cannot speak out of fear.


France: Jour 3, le blocage du Palais de justice de Metz continue

le 5 octobre, 2017

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Jour 3 : le blocage du Palais continue !
Aperçu d’une Cour vide ….

(Uja de Metz Facebook)










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China: Moon Festival Brings Scant Cheer to China’s Dissidents, Lawyers

October 4, 2017

Hunger striker Hendrick Lui is shown camped outside Taiwan's Legislative Yuan in an undated photo.

As half of China’s population takes to the road, rails, and air for a week of fun, feasting, and moon-gazing on the annual Golden Week holiday, a social activist from Hong Kong has begun a hunger strike outside Taiwan’s parliament in protest at the mainland’s ruling Chinese Communist Party.

Social worker Hendick Lui, 35, was camped on Wednesday outside the Legislative Yuan in Taiwan’s capital Taipei, and is refusing food and drink in a bid to warn the democratic island’s 23 million inhabitants not to have any truck with “reunification” proposals from Beijing.

Richard Choi of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China said the Mid-Autumn Festival should be a time for family reunion in traditional Chinese culture.

“Dissidents and rights lawyers in mainland China are subjected to unreasonable detention, and to being jailed on trumped-up charges,” Choi said. “They are separated from their loved ones for long periods of time, while dissidents in exile overseas are unable to return home.”

Friends of disappeared human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng said he has now been missing for weeks, after disappearing from house arrest at a cave home in the northern province of Shanxi.

“I call on the the international community and human rights groups and friends at home and overseas to pay more attention to the disappearance of Gao Zhisheng,” fellow activist Ai Ming told RFA. “He has now been missing for more than 50 days … with no legal procedures whatsoever. This is illegal detention.”

Mid-Autumn Festival, traditionally a harvest celebration, starts on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, when the moon appears at its roundest and largest. It is marked in China on Wednesday.




The Philippines: Duterte vows to impeach chief justice, prosecutor

October 5, 2017

Duterte vows to impeach chief justice, prosecutor

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed Wednesday to have the Supreme Court chief justice and a special prosecutor impeached, as he defended himself against corruption allegations he said were aimed at ousting him.

Duterte accused Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of corruption and alleged the ombudsman, Conchita Morales, was conspiring with opposition figures to bring down his government.

Morales’s office has been investigating allegations that Duterte had secret bank accounts that recorded millions of dollars he embezzled while a long-time mayor of the southern city of Davao.

“In the end, to their sorrow, they will discover that there is no such thing as that amount,” Duterte said of the alleged embezzled millions, telling reporters his net worth was just 40 million pesos (around $784,000).

Duterte insisted the allegations were based on fabricated bank account records stolen from the central bank’s Anti-Money Laundering Council.