Daily Archives: 20/01/2018

Turkey: [VIDEO] Couple, dismissed as judge and prosecutor, detained over Gulen links

January 20, 2018

[VIDEO] Couple, dismissed as judge and prosecutor, detained over Gulen links

An Antalya couple, dismissed from their offices as judge and prosecutor, were detained as part of an investigation into the Gulen movement.

The former judge, identified as Ayse D., was rounded up along with her husband Hakan D., a former prosecutor, following a police raid at an apartment in Antalya’s Konyaalti district.

The couple who was earlier dismissed from their jobs over Gulen links has been hiding at different places since a prosecutor issued arrest warrants against them just a day after the July 15, 2016 failed coup, state-run Anadolu news agency said Friday.

Turkish government blames the movement for the coup while the latter denies involvement.

The government also considers the group a terrorist organization and has arrested more than 60,000 people over Gulen ties, among them many judges and prosecutors as well as lawyers.

https://turkeypurge.com/video-couple-dismissed-judge-prosecutor-detained-gulen-links

Burma: Court Accepts News Article as Evidence at U Ko Ni Murder Trial

January 20, 2018

Image result for lawyer U Ko Ni

Yangon’s Northern District Court on Friday accepted as evidence a state-owned newspaper’s coverage of the Home Affairs Ministry’s press conference last year on its investigation into the assassination of U Ko Ni.

The prominent Muslim lawyer and legal adviser to the National League for Democracy was gunned down outside Yangon International Airport on Jan. 29 last year. Police have detained four suspects: gunman Kyi Lin and alleged co-conspirators Zeya Phyo, Aung Win Zaw and Aung Win Tun. Their trial began ten months ago.

Police allege that suspect and former military Lieutenant Colonel Aung Win Khaing, who remains at large, was the mastermind of the assassination.

During Friday’s five-hour court hearing, the prosecution presented documents and photos relating to the crime scene and suspects as evidences, including statements from the President’s Office, articles from state-owned papers, and prison record indicating that Kyi Lin and Aung Win Zaw had served prior prison sentences for smuggling Buddha statues.

https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/court-accepts-news-article-evidence-u-ko-ni-murder-trial.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ko_Ni

Argentina/Iran/Israel/USA: Congress urges probe into murder of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman

January 20, 2018

Nisman was found dead after accusing former president of concealing Iran’s role in 1994 Jewish center bombing

Resolutions urging for a “full and just investigation” into the death of the Jewish-Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman were introduced in the US House of Representatives and the Senate on Friday, reported the Times of Israel.

Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican and Democrat Ted Deutch, initiated the resolution alongside a companion motion introduced in the Senate by Bob Menendez and Marco Rubio.

The Argentine prosecutor who was found deceased shortly after accusing a former president of covering up Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center, did not die by suicide – rather, he was murdered, a federal judge Julian Ercolini said last month.

Nisman was found dead in January 2015 with a gunshot wound to his head days after filing a report accusing Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman and other figures close to the government. He accused them of protecting high-ranking Iranian officials from prosecution over the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Jewish Charities Federation (AMIA) in exchange for oil and other trade benefits.

 

An Argentine court and western intelligence services support Nisman’s claims that Iran and Hezbollah were involved, however Tehran has vociferously denied the claims.

https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/americas/165618-180120-congress-urges-probe-into-murder-of-argentine-prosecutor-alberto-nisman

https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-lawmakers-call-for-probe-into-murder-of-argentine-prosecutor-alberto-nisman/

http://sunshinestatenews.com/story/ileana-ros-lehtinen-ted-deutch-want-congress-honor-argentinian-ally-fight-against-hezbollah

https://www.thejc.com/news/world/argentina-shines-the-spotlight-on-former-president-in-alberto-nisman-murder-probe-1.457474

https://www.diplomaticourier.com/2018/01/29/three-year-later-nismans-death-confirmed-homicide-now/

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/241669

https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/02/08/former-argentine-foreign-minister-accused-of-iran-terror-cover-up-granted-visa-to-enter-us/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Alberto_Nisman

http://www.impulsobaires.com.ar/nota/260158/ricardo_saenz_deberia_abrirse_una_causa_que_investigue_el_encubrimiento_de_la_muerte_de_nisman/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.terra.com.br/noticias/mundo/nisman-foi-vitima-de-crime-de-lesa-humanidade-diz-ex-esposa,a84e9fb012d74b50a3ee52de6e5b43a3wqyv9isw.html (PORTUGUES)

CCBE: Threatened Lawyers: The End of the Rule of Law in Europe?

https://www.monckton.com/threatened-lawyers-end-rule-law-europe-piers-gardner-speaks-ccbe-strasbourg/

Click to access final-programme-ccbe-side-event-24-01-2018.pdf

Click to access EN_PDS_20170915_CCBE-contribution-european-convention-profession-lawyer.pdf

Click to access EN_NA_20170309_pr_0217.pdf

http://website-pace.net/documents/19838/3254453/201712112-convention-avocats-EN.pdf/3b3cd985-6329-4fc1-a914-994254777714

http://www.ccbe.eu/

 

India: 5 booked for killing lawyer over property dispute in Samalkha

January 20, 2018

A group of men allegedly murdered a 58-year-old lawyer over a property dispute in Samalkha town of Panipat. The victim, Kanwar Bhan, was driving a motorcycle with his wife, Kanta on Thursday afternoon when the three accused, brothers Ankur, Sandeep and Rohit with their relative Joginder and his son stopped them near Punjabi Mohalla.
The accused, who were armed with iron rods and bats, attacked Kanwar. By the time locals could react, they left the place, leaving the victim bleeding profusely. He was rushed to a private hospital and referred to another hospital in the NCR, where he was declared brought dead.

 Police were informed soon after the lawyer’s death. Acting on the complaint of the victim’s wife, police booked all the five accused, who are at large. Preliminary investigations revealed that Kanwar had a dispute with Ankit over a residential plot. Last week, he got Ankit booked in a case of cheating and fraud registered at Samalkha police station.

Meanwhile, members of Panipat district bar association went on strike to protest their colleague’s murder. They also threatened indefinite strike if police failed to arrest the accused.

 

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/5-booked-for-killing-lawyer-over-property-dispute-in-samalkha/articleshow/62575454.cms

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/haryana/2-held-for-lawyer-s-murder/531766.html

Iran: Human Rights Watch Release Its 2018 Report, Detailing Iran Human Rights Condition

January 19, 2018

Iran human rights

Human Rights Watch released its World Report 2018, highlighting the Iran human rights condition in 2017.

Human Rights Watch believes that executions, especially for drug-related offenses, continued at a high rate in 2017.

The organization details the condition of prisoners, human rights defenders, women, minorities, migrants and persons with disability summarizing human rights abuse under the Iranian regime.

The human rights organization condemned the Iranian Authorities in the security apparatus and Iran’s judiciary to “target journalists, online media activists, and human rights defenders in an ongoing crackdown, in blatant disregard of international and domestic legal standards.”

About the number of executions carried out in 2017, the report declares: “The judiciary continued to execute individuals at a high rate, particularly for drug offenses. Human rights groups reported that Iran executed at least 476 individuals as of November 27, 2017, including five individuals who were sentenced to death for crimes they allegedly committed as children.”

According to the report Scores of human rights defenders and political activists remain behind bars for their peaceful activism. It says: “Atena Daemi, a child rights activist, is still serving a seven year prison sentence from November 2016 for peaceful activism. Abdolfatah Soltani, a prominent human rights lawyer who has been in prison since 2011, is serving a 13-year prison sentence for his human rights work, including co-founding the Defenders of Human Rights Center. Zia Nabavi, a student activist, is serving a 10-year prison sentence in Karoon prison in the city of Ahvaz.

http://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/01/19/human-rights-watch-release-2017-report-detailing-iran-human-rights-condition/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/01/18/iran-no-momentum-reform

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdolfattah_Soltani

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2018/01/18/iran-les-reformes-au-point-mort (FRANCAIS)

https://www.hrw.org/es/news/2018/01/18/iran-poca-voluntad-para-las-reformas (ESPANOL)

China/European Parliament: Human rights: Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Tibet

January 19, 2018

 

  • DRC must hold presidential and legislative elections in 2018
  • Nigerian authorities must increase their efforts to stop ethnic and religious violence
  • Chinese government must release detained human rights activists

MEPs call for elections in Democratic Republic of Congo, condemn violence in Nigeria and urge China to release human rights activists.

China must release human rights activists

The Chinese government must release blogger Wu Gan, pro-democracy activist Lee Ming-che, Tibetan language rights advocate Tashi Wangchuk, Tibetan monk Choekyi, and all those who are being detained for their human rights work, say MEPs. Pending their release, they add, they must not subjected to torture or ill-treatment and must have access to family and lawyers of their choice.

MEPs call for an investigation into allegations that interrogators have used torture to force the confession of human rights lawyer Xie Yang, who was convicted on 26 December 2017 but exempted from criminal penalties after pleading guilty to subversion charges.

https://www.cnbcafrica.com/apo/2018/01/19/human-rights-democratic-republic-of-congo-nigeria-and-tibet/

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-parliaments-42668452

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201801190006.aspx

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/01/20/2003686086

http://chinachristiandaily.com/2018-01-20/society/chinese-human-rights-lawyer-disbarred_6644.html

http://unpo.org/article/20578

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/case-history-xie-yang

https://africanmanager.com/le-parlement-europeen-epingle-la-rdc-le-nigeria-et-la-chine/ (FRANCAIS)

Cameroon/Ambazonia/Nigeria: Southern Cameroon to Nigerian Govt – Release Our Leaders, They’re Like Awolowo, Azikiwe

January 16, 2018

Members of a group demanding the secession of the southwest of Cameroon, as Republic of Ambazonia, have demanded the release of their leaders detained by security operatives in Nigeria.

They said the detained leaders can be compared to Nigeria’s late leaders who fought for independence including Nnamdi Azikiwe and Obafemi Awolowo.

The secessionist leaders were taken into custody by the Nigerian Defence Intelligence Agency after they crossed the border into Nigeria for a meeting on January 5.

The Anglophone Cameroonians, led by their president, Julius Tabe, declared the secession of Federal Republic of Ambazonia from Cameroon in October 2017.

Various groups, including Amnesty International have warned against their extradition to Cameroon by the Nigerian government.

In a statement on Tuesday signed by Ambazonia’s secretary for communication and information technology, Chris Anu, the group condemned the silence of the Nigerian government since the arrest of its leaders.

It expressed dismay that Nigeria has not considered even a press statement on the matter.

“The Interim Government of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia (the former British Southern Cameroons), notes with dismay, the fact that since abducted at gunpoint on January 5th, 2018, the President, Julius Ayuk Tabe and 10 other members of his Cabinet have not been granted access to any lawyers and family members by the Nigerian Government which we are now aware that in complicity with the Cameroon regime in Yaoundé, engineered their abduction.

“We are demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of: Dr. Nfor Ngala Nfor, Dr. Fidelis Nde Che, Dr. Henry Kimeng, Prof. Che Awasum, Dr. Cornelius Kwanga, Mr. Tassang Wilfred, Dr. Ojong Okonghor, Barrister Nalowa Bih, Barrister Shufai Blaise Berinyuh and Barrister Eyambe Elias.”

http://allafrica.com/stories/201801170016.html

http://allafrica.com/stories/201801180247.html

http://thenationonlineng.net/free-the-cameroonians/

https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/01/07/gunmen-abduct-cameroon-separatist-leader-in-abuja/

http://saharareporters.com/2018/01/08/nigeria-must-release-detained-cameroonian-freedom-fighters

http://thenationonlineng.net/free-the-cameroonians/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambazonia

https://ambazonia.org/

http://www.cameroon-info.net/article/cameroun-secession-me-bogba-harmony-succede-a-sisiku-ayuk-tabe-a-la-tete-de-312963.html (FRANCAIS)

http://camer.be/65803/cameroun-crise-anglophone-yaounda-et-abuja-entretiennent-la-confusion-cameroon.html (FRANCAIS)

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