Daily Archives: 08/05/2018

Maldives: Maldives chief justice gets four months jail for letter block

May 8, 2018

Jailed chief justice Abdulla Saeed was sentenced four months and 24 days in jail on Tuesday after being convicted of impeding the functioning of the state.

Chief justice Saeed is facing four separate charges which includes terrorism after being accused in the plot to overthrow the government.

The island nation has been embroiled in fresh political turmoil after the Supreme Court on February 1 ordered the immediate release of jailed political leaders including self-exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed.

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on February 5 had declared state of emergency after his last ditch attempt to convince the top court to revoke the order failed, purged the Supreme Court by arresting two judges and the remaining political leaders and ultimately had the order revoked.

Less than a day after the arrest of the two judges, the remaining three judges rescinded its ruling to release the political leaders referring to the concerns raised by president Yameen in the letters he had sent to the chief justice hours before state of emergency was declared.

The chief justice had been charged for blocking the receipt of the letters by ordering the Government E-Letter Management system (GEMS) be disconnected.

https://avas.mv/en/48422

https://www.firstpost.com/world/maldives-chief-justice-abdulla-saeed-arrested-for-corruption-a-day-after-asking-abdulla-yameen-to-free-political-dissidents-4337489.html

https://raajje.mv/en/news/32116

https://avas.mv/en/48432

https://raajje.mv/en/news/32050

https://avas.mv/en/48411

https://raajje.mv/en/news/31904

https://avas.mv/en/48529

https://avas.mv/en/48532

https://raajje.mv/en/news/32192

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

http://www.supremecourt.gov.mv/eng/justices.php?justicename=saeed

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

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

http://www.supremecourt.gov.mv/eng/?decision=eng

Turkey/Germany: Türkei verbietet Gast-Professorin die Ausreise

7/5/18

Istar Gözaydin Savasir, 59, Leibniz-Professorin des Sommersemesters 2018.

Die Juristin Istar Gözaydin Savasir darf nicht die Türkei verlassen, um im Sommersemester an der Universität Leipzig zu forschen und lehren. Die 59-jährige Wissenschaftlerin und Menschenrechtsaktivistin sollte im April für ein Semester die Leibniz-Professur antreten. Mit dem Hinweis auf ein schwebendes Verfahren erhält sie von ihrem Heimatland aber keinen Reisepass. Die bereits verschobene Antrittsvorlesung wird Mitte Mai notfalls über Skype nachgeholt.

Gözaydin Savasir saß von Dezember 2016 bis April 2017 in Untersuchungshaft. Vor zwei Monaten sprach sie ein Gericht vom Vorwurf frei, Mitglied einer terroristischen Vereinigung zu sein. Der Staatsanwalt ist jedoch in Berufung gegangen. Die Rechts- und Politikwissenschaftlerin spricht von einem kafkaesken Verfahren: „ohne Argumente, ohne Beweise“. Lediglich ihre potenzielle „Entschlossenheit, ein Verbrechen zu begehen“ führe die Strafverfolgungsbehörde an. „Als hätte ich ein paar Morde begangen und daraus eine Gewohnheit gemacht!“

Monika Wohlrab-Sahr, Direktorin des Leibniz-Programms, bedauert die Situation fachlich wie menschlich: „Für sie selbst ist es fürchterlich. Sie ist freigesprochen und trotzdem gefangen.“ Für das Forschungsprojekt „Multiple Secularities“ über Wechselwirkungen zwischen Religion und anderen gesellschaftlichen Sphären habe man sich wertvolle Einblicke von ihr erhofft. „Ihre Arbeiten zum institutionellen Verhältnis von Religion und Politik in der Türkei gelten als grundlegend“, so Wohlrab-Sahr. „Gleichzeitig mischt sie sich kritisch in politische Debatten ein und tritt für Menschenrechtsfragen und Rechtsstaatlichkeit ein.“ Als man sich entschlossen habe, Gözaydin Savasir zu berufen, habe man von der Anklage gewusst. „Aber wir wollten ein Zeichen setzen, und sie keinesfalls allein aus dem Grund nicht berufen, dass ihr ein Prozess gemacht wird.“

http://www.lvz.de/Leipzig/Lokales/Tuerkei-verbietet-Gast-Professorin-die-Ausreise

https://odatv.com/istar-gozaydin-beraat-etti-3101181200.html (TURKCE)

https://tr.sputniknews.com/turkiye/201801311032054377-istar-gozaydin-beraat-etti/ (TURKCE)

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/istar-gozaydin (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%B0%C5%9Ftar_G%C3%B6zayd%C4%B1n (ENGLISH)

N.B. Istar Gözaydin received a guest professorship at a university in Germany (Leipzig), but because she is banned from travelling outside of Turkey she cannot take up the position, which was supposed to start now.

Image may contain: Istar Gozaydin, smiling

Iran: Lawyer Who Exposed Cover Up of Client’s Death in Custody Could Be Imprisoned For Years in Iran

April 27, 2018

Human rights attorney Mohammad Najafi is facing charges from three different courts and years of imprisonment in Iran for publicly arguing that local police concealed the true cause of death of a young man in their custody.

Najafi was released on bail in the city of Arak on April 17, 2018, nearly three months after he told media outlets that his client, Mohammad Heydari, was killed while he was in police custody after being arrested during Iran’s December 2017 protests.

“We have read the indictment and concluded that Mr. Najafi has committed no crime,” Najafi’s attorney, Arash Keykhosravi, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on April 20. “We don’t know why they have filed such heavy charges against him… But from what we have seen in his file, there is nothing to justify his arrest and detention.”

“Mr. Najafi’s case has been divided into two parts,” he added. “The case involving security and political charges has been sent to the Revolutionary Court in Arak and the general charges such as ‘disturbing public order’ have been sent to the Criminal Court.”

“The Revolutionary Court had set bail at 800 million tomans [$190,000 USD] and the Criminal Court at 200 million tomans [$47,500 USD], which was paid with the help of family and close associates and he was released on Tuesday, April 17,” he said.

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/04/lawyer-who-exposed-cover-up-of-clients-death-in-custody-could-be-imprisoned-for-years-in-iran/

http://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/03/21/lawyer-still-in-detention-for-uncovering-truth-about-slain-protester/

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/03/detained-human-rights-lawyer-forced-to-choose-counsel-from-judiciarys-approved-list/

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/03/iranian-lawyers-judiciarys-mandatory-list-of-approved-counsel-sets-dangerous-precedent/

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/03/attorney-blocked-from-taking-on-human-rights-cases-in-iran-calls-for-revision-of-flawed-law/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/13/iran-stop-persecuting-families-people-who-died-jail

https://persian.iranhumanrights.org/1397/02/lawyer-mohamad-najadi-says-the-case-against-him-is-bogus/ (FARSI)

France: 6 réformes qui pourraient embraser l’an II de la présidence Macron

le 8 mai, 2018

Les avocats des six barreaux auvergnats ont manifesté devant la Cour d'Appel de Riom

Emmanuel Macron est au pouvoir depuis un an. Ses ambitions pour les douze prochains mois devraient de nouveau enflammer le débat public… et la rue.

Un président réformateur : tel s’était présenté le candidat d’En Marche !, tel est le président Macron. A l’orée d’une deuxième année traditionnellement compliquée pour les présidents de la Ve République, le chef de l’Etat n’entend montrer aucun signe d’inflexion sur la politique engagée dès son élection : code du travail, assurance-chômage, retraites, Emmanuel Macron a engagé pas moins de six réformes sociales majeures dès son entrée en fonction.

A celles-ci se sont ajoutés une vaste réforme de la SNCF, en voie de “finalisation” malgré un mouvement de grève historique, un très controversé projet de loi asile et immigration qui a effrité son groupe parlementaire, une réforme des universités (Loi ORE) qui a provoqué le blocage prolongé de nombreuses facs et plusieurs textes de portée sociétale tels qu’un projet de loi contre les violences sexistes et sexuelles.

Voici le prog ramme de l’An II, qui s’annonce tout aussi effréné.

1 Réforme de la justice

Le projet de loi de réforme de la justice, porté par la garde des Sceaux Nicole Belloubet, a été présenté en Conseil des ministres le 20 avril. Il vise notamment à simplifier les procédures pénale et civile, mais aussi à améliorer l’organisation territoriale et l’efficacité des peines. Objectif : “Rétablir la confiance de nos concitoyens dans notre justice.”

Le texte prévoit l’instauration de tribunaux criminels départementaux, une juridiction à mi-chemin entre les assises et les tribunaux correctionnels. Points plus polémiques : la fin de l’incarcération automatique pour les peines inférieures à un an, en multipliant les alternatives en milieu ouvert, et surtout la fusion entre les tribunaux d’instance et de grande instance.

Avocats et magistrats ont déjà conduit plusieurs journées de protestation, dont des journées “justice morte” : pour l’Union syndicale des magistrats (USM, majoritaire), cette fusion conduirait en effet à la suppression de plus de 300 tribunaux d’instance, vus comme des lieux de “justice de proximité”.

La direction de l’administration pénitentiaire a récemment annoncé un nouveau record du nombre de détenus dans les prisons françaises, avec 70.367 personnes incarcérées au 1er avril. Le taux d’occupation atteint en moyenne 118% dans les prisons, et grimpe à 143% dans les maisons d’arrêt.

https://www.nouvelobs.com/politique/20180507.OBS6295/6-reformes-qui-pourraient-embraser-l-an-ii-de-la-presidence-macron.html#xtor=EPR-3-%5BObsDerMin%5D-20180508

http://www.jss.fr/Reforme_de_la_justice__Vingt_batonniers_en_colere_au_barreau_de_SeineSaintDenis-1254.awp?AWPID98B8ED7F=DF3003AE610E5E22EDC123EE7595EF30BAC40AFC

http://www.europe1.fr/politique/un-an-de-macron-a-lelysee-ces-reformes-a-venir-3643574

https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/faits-divers-justice/nicole-belloubet-defend-sa-reforme-devant-les-professionnels-auvergnats-de-la-justice-1525440480

https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/auvergne-rhone-alpes/puy-de-dome/clermont-ferrand/clermont-ferrand-visite-ministre-justice-fond-greve-avocats-1470107.html

https://www.lejdd.fr/societe/a-aubervilliers-le-tribunal-dinstance-est-le-thermometre-de-la-societe-3642713

http://www.francesoir.fr/en-coop-jean-philippe-morel/reforme-la-justice-de-demain-simplifiee-et-efficace-ou-au-rabais-et-inaccessible

https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/provence-alpes-cote-d-azur/bouches-du-rhone/martigues/martigues-nicole-belloubet-garde-sceaux-inaugue-nouveau-palais-justice-1471697.html

https://fr.news.yahoo.com/au-tribunal-dinstance-dabbeville-au-moins-dialogue-112637988.html

https://justice.blogs.la-croix.com/ode-a-nos-petits-juges/2018/05/02/

http://www.lemonde.fr/politique/article/2018/05/03/reforme-des-institutions-le-gouvernement-revoit-son-calendrier_5293919_823448.html

Turkey: Terrorism trial of human rights defender Eren Keskin adjourned until 9 July

May 7, 2018

Eren Keskin (C), director of

This statement was originally published on platform24.org on 7 May 2018.

The 7th hearing of the trial against nine people, including prominent lawyer and human rights defender Eren Keskin, for their support to the shuttered daily Özgür Gündem was heard on May 7, 2018, at the 14th High Criminal Court of Istanbul.

The hearing, monitored inside the courtroom by P24, was attended by Eren Keskin for whom the prosecutor is seeking a prison term on charges of “conducting propaganda for a terrorist organization.” Along with Keskin, Özgür Gündem daily editors and writers Hüseyin Aykol, Reyhan Çapan and Filiz Koçali, lawyers Ayşe Batumlu and Nuray Özdoğan, writer Ayşe Berktay, spokesperson of 78ers Initiative Celalettin Can and Özgürlükçü Demokrasi editor Reyhan Hacıoğlu are on trial as part of the same case. Both Can and Hacıoğlu are currently jailed pending trial in the framework of another investigation.

“I have been a human rights defender for 30 years. I have defended freedom of expression for years. I am the co-President of the Human Rights Association,” Keskin told the court. “For it was a newspaper the workers of which were assassinated, [headquarters] bombed, and itself has been shut down many times, I agreed for my name to be added as a co-editor-in-chief in 2013,” she added.

Allegations regarding Keskin involve news articles and columns published in the daily while her name figured on the masthead of the newspaper.

Keskin told the court that she had already been sentenced to 12 years in prison and a 450,000 Turkish Lira (approx. 88,500 Euro) fine, stressing that her other trials were still ongoing. “I learned today from my lawyer that I was supposed to give defense statements regarding 30 indictments. This is practically impossible,” she said. She also told the court that she wouldn’t leave Turkey no matter what the decision is. “I want this to be put on the record: I will not go abroad. Turkey must change these laws.”

https://www.ifex.org/turkey/2018/05/07/trial-eren-keskin/

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

Click to access EN_HRL_20180507_Turkey_Convictions-of-lawyers-Ak-n-Atalay-Mustafa-Kemal-Gungor-and-Bulent-Utku.pdf

https://stockholmcf.org/jailed-journalist-altan-lawlessness-has-spread-like-humidity-stains-over-turkey/

https://www.lrwc.org/turkey-immediately-release-and-drop-charges-against-lawyer-eren-keskin-letter/

http://www.abcgazetesi.com/eren-keskinin-davasi-ertelendi-86106h.htm (TURKCE)

http://www.haberdar.com/gundem/eren-keskin-yurt-disina-gitmeyecegim-bu-yasalar-degismeli-h87744.html (TURKCE)

https://anfdeutsch.com/pressefreiheit/haftstrafen-im-prozess-gegen-tageszeitung-Oezguer-guendem-gefordert-4329 (TURKCE)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eren_Keskin (FRANCAIS)

Guatemala: Guatemala’s crusading prosecutor exits amid praise, threats

May 7, 2018

Thelma Aldana

It’s been a long time since it was safe for Thelma Aldana to go out in public alone, and perhaps it never will be again.

As chief prosecutor for Guatemala, Aldana won plaudits at home and abroad as the woman who sent a president to prison and broke up a number of high-level corruption rings. But it came at a cost — her own personal safety — as her crusading angered some of the country’s most powerful and dangerous people, long accustomed to doing as they pleased with little or no consequences.

The biggest trophy on her wall from four years in office: Taking down a network allegedly led by then-President Otto Perez Molina, who is accused of defrauding the state of millions of dollars.

“In the Bible it says you shall know them by their fruits, and I gave my best effort,” Aldana said in a series of interviews with The Associated Press as she prepares to leave office when her term ends this month. “With all modesty, I leave with my head high.”

Those close to her call the 62-year-old Aldana “the boss.” She is described as a strictly punctual person and a voracious reader. Appearing before news cameras to announce the latest corruption ring to fall, she typically appears calm, collected and intrepid. Her facial expression is often tough and inscrutable, making it difficult to guess what she is thinking.

It seems the only one able to crack that demeanor is Toby, her 5-year-old Shih Tzu. Speaking to the AP in a small room at her offices decorated with recognitions where she likes to receive visitors, Aldana broke into a broad smile recalling how when she brings work home, Toby likes to rest in the cardboard box she uses to carry the same documents that could end up putting criminals and politicians behind bars.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/guatemalas-crusading-prosecutor-exits-amid-praise-threats-54978974

https://www.standardrepublic.com/news/top-news-guatemalas-crusading-prosecutor-exits-amid-reward-threats/

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/guatemala-taps-replacement-tough-graft-prosecutor-54922375

https://www.insightcrime.org/news/analysis/guatemala-attorney-general-nominations-threaten-anti-corruption-efforts/

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/may/7/thelma-aldana-guatemalas-crusading-prosecutor-exit/

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

http://www.elsalvador.com/noticias/internacional/478596/thelma-aldana-la-fiscal-que-apreso-a-un-presidente-en-guatemala-no-puede-salir-sola-a-las-calles-de-su-pais/ (ESPANOL)

http://cnnespanol.cnn.com/video/thelma-aldana-guatemala-trayectoria-anticorrupcion-live-kay-guerrero-conclusiones/ (ESPANOL)

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thelma_Aldana (ESPANOL)

https://www.agenzianova.com/a/5af00f6c867368.10840220/1911792/2018-05-07/guatemala-procuratrice-generale-uscente-riferisce-del-suo-mandato (ITALIANO)

India/Jammu: This Woman Is Facing A Barrage Of Harassment For Taking On A Murdered Muslim Girl’s Case

May 7, 2018

Deepika Singh Rajawat has been doxxed and threatened for taking the case that has divided India.

Since taking on a case to represent a family who had lost their 8-year-old daughter to a brutal rape and murder, Deepika Singh Rajawat has seen it all.

She’s been doxxed, her personal details shared on Facebook and Twitter. An Indian news channel accused her of being “anti-national.” She’s been cast out socially by fellow lawyers. Some of them, in protesting the case, have even threatened her with physical harm if she didn’t drop her clients.

It’s been a difficult three months ever since the crime branch in Jammu, the state where the girl and her family come from, released the charge sheet for the crime. The alleged premeditated nature, as well as the fact that the crime targeted a Muslim girl, have gripped India and brought thousands into the streets. While people across the country organized candlelight vigils, protest marches, and legal funds for the victim’s family, a section of Hindu “truthers” believe that the entire crime has been fabricated to attack India’s Hindu population.

So Rajawat allowed herself a few smiles on the steps of India’s Supreme Court on Monday when the court decided to move the trial — where eight men stand accused of involvement in the January rape and murder — away from Jammu and to Punjab, bringing some relief both to her and the girl’s family. The case has already split the community in Jammu — largely along communal lines. In moving it and blocking media from covering the proceedings, the judges hope to head off the possibility that the trial would make things even worse.

“This is such a good day!” Rajawat said outside the court, flashing a victory sign at photographers.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/nishitajha/deepika-rajawat-kathua-rape-case-india?utm_term=.jm1yaoGBe#.ptQye3ZYr

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kathua-rape-victims-lawyer-deepika-singh-rajawat-on-case-shifted-to-pathankot/article23804845.ece

https://nation.com.pk/07-May-2018/indias-top-court-moves-rape-murder-trial-of-8-year-old-out-of-ihk?show=blocksTalking?version=amp

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2018/may/07/accused-in-kathua-gangrape-case-oppose-shifting-of-trial-1811555.html

https://www.prokerala.com/news/photos/media-briefing-deepika-singh-rajawat-347883.html

https://www.globalvillagespace.com/indians-slam-emma-watson-for-supporting-asifa-banos-lawyer/

https://www.dn.se/nyheter/varlden/flera-valdtakter-uppror-i-indien/ (SWEDISH)

http://www.republika.co.id/berita/internasional/asia/18/05/08/p8dgse383-pengadilan-india-pindahkan-persidangan-kasus-perkosaan-anak (INDONESIAN)

Malaysia: 25 NGO mahu Siti Kassim disiasat

25/04/18

25 NGO mahu Siti Kassim disiasat

Sebanyak 25 pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) membuat laporan polis terhadap kenyataan peguam, Siti Kassim yang didakwa menghina penguatkuasa dan pegawai agama Islam yang melaksanakan Operasi Banteras Aktiviti Aktiviti Haram (Ops Bah) di sebuah kelab ternama di sini baru-baru ini.

Wakil NGO, Datuk Hishamuddin Hashim, berkata, tindakan terhadap petugas Ops Bah itu satu tuduhan dan hasutan yang boleh menjatuhkan imej dan reputasi petugas terlibat.

Menurutnya, pihak berkuasa perlu mengambil tindakan terhadap wanita berkenaan yang disifatkan melampau.

“Siti Kasim mengeluarkan kata-kata kesat itu kerana tidak berpuas hati dengan tindakan pihak berkuasa membuat serbuan ke atas premis tersebut.

“Ini adalah suatu tuduhan dan hasutan yang melampau yang telah diberikan kepada pihak berkuasa dan boleh menjatuhkan imej, reputasi dan juga nama baik pihak berkuasa dan juga badan-badan lain yang terlibat.

“Pihak Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan juga perlu memandang serius tuduhan ini kerana kesemua anggota yang menyertai Ops Bah hanya menjalankan tugas mereka,”katanya selepas membuat laporan polis di IPD Dang Wangi, di sini, hari ini.

http://www.sinarharian.com.my/edisi/selangor-kl/25-ngo-mahu-siti-kassim-disiasat-1.826554

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/04/12/lawyer-siti-kasim-grills-asri-over-shia-and-sunni/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1213363/10-things-about-siti-kasim-lawyer-and-activist (ENGLISH)

The Philippines: End of the line for the chief justice

April 13, 2018

CHIEF Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno thought she had the golden opportunity to redeem herself and turn the tide in her favor during the oral arguments on the quo warranto case against her at the Supreme Court’s en banc session in Baguio City on Thursday.

At the center of the separate impeachment and quo warranto cases is Sereno’s failure to submit all of her annual statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) as required when she applied for the post of associate justice of the Supreme Court in 2010 and chief justice in 2012.

On Tuesday, the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), the body that screens court nominees, officially confirmed that Sereno submitted only three SALNs – for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011 – when she sought to replace Chief Justice Renato Corona (who was, ironically, convicted by the Senate impeachment court over a SALN infraction).

There should have been more, as Sereno was a government worker, having taught law at the University of the Philippines for almost two decades.

 …

http://www.manilatimes.net/end-of-the-line-for-the-chief-justice/392290/?ref=findshare-recs

http://www.manilatimes.net/sereno-starts-packing-amid-calls-to-resign/397390/

http://www.manilatimes.net/sc-to-oust-sereno/397316/

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/988142/robredo-backs-sereno-ouster-case-a-weapon-of-intimidation-to-kill-dissent

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/591775/Supreme-Court-poised-to-oust-Sereno

http://manilastandard.net/news/top-stories/265104/judges-court-workers-step-up-sereno-quit-call.html

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/652546/sc-justices-vote-on-sereno-s-fate-on-friday-says-source/story/

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