Daily Archives: 11/05/2018

Maldives: Release Supreme Court Justices

May 10, 2018

Police officers stand guard near the opposition party headquarters after President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency in Male, Maldives, February 6, 2018.

The Maldives government should immediately drop politically motivated charges against two Supreme Court justices and release them from detention, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 10, 2018, Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Justice Ali Hameed were sentenced to one year, seven months in prison on charges of influencing court rulings. Saeed was also sentenced to five months in prison on obstruction charges earlier this week, and both justices face additional charges of terrorism.

The judges were arrested on February 6, along with a judicial administrator and former President Abdul Gayoom, during a state of emergency declared by President Abdulla Yameen in response to a Supreme Court ruling.

“To retain his hold on power, President Yameen has used every trick in the book, from accusing political opponents of terrorism to jailing justices of the Supreme Court,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “Donors and influential governments should send Yameen a clear message to end the attacks on fundamental rights and the country’s democratic institutions.”

The current political crisis was sparked by a Supreme Court ruling on February 1 that overturned the convictions of nine members of the opposition, including former President Mohamed Nasheed, the country’s first democratically elected leader, who had been sentenced to 13 years in prison on terrorism charges in 2015. The United Nations Human Rights Committee recently called for his release after determining that the case violated Nasheed’s rights to a fair trial and political participation under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. After the Supreme Court ruling, Nasheed, who had been granted asylum in the United Kingdom, declared he would contest the presidential elections slated for September.

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https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/10/maldives-release-supreme-court-justices

http://www.milligazette.com/news/16265-maldives-a-country-which-keeps-its-supreme-court-judges-in-jails

https://raajje.mv/en/news/32337

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/maldives-court-jails-supreme-court-justices-55069087

https://raajje.mv/en/news/32328

https://raajje.mv/en/news/32311

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

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

The Philippines: Supreme Court ousts Chief Justice Sereno

May 11, 2018

CHIEF JUSTICE. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno waves to supporters the day she returned to the Supreme Court on May 9, 2018, after two months of leave. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

In an unprecedented and historic move, the Supreme Court (SC) ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday, May 11.

Voting 8-6, the SC en banc granted the quo warranto petition to remove Sereno from office on the basis of an invalid appointment. The decision is “immediately executory without need for further action,” SC Spokesperson Theodore Te said during Friday’s press briefing.

Sereno attended the en banc session where 8 justices voted for the quo warranto. They are: Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo De Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Noel Tijam, Samuel Martires, Andres Reyes Jr, and Alexander Gesmundo.

The 6 dissenters are as follows: Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr, Mariano del Castillo, Estela Perlas Bernabe, Marvic Leonen, and Benjamin Caguioa.

Nine of the justices said she violated requirements on the Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN). The same number of justices ruled that quo warranto was the proper remedy in the ouster of Sereno.

https://www.rappler.com/nation/202236-sereno-ousted-supreme-court-quo-warranto-decision

http://www.beloitdailynews.com/article/20180510/AP/305109772

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2145671/philippines-top-judge-maria-lourdes-sereno-ousted-after

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/05/11/pnp-thousands-attend-protest-outside-supreme-court/

https://www.rappler.com/nation/202262-disbarment-threat-over-sereno-supreme-court-ouster-chief-justice

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/989530/uplb-students-teachers-condemn-cj-ouster

https://www.rappler.com/nation/202286-opposition-lawmakers-statement-sereno-ouster-supreme-court-decision

http://www.fresnobee.com/news/nation-world/world/article210918509.html

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201805110051.html

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/05/11/Chief-Justice-Sereno-Supreme-Court-oust-quo-warranto-decision.html

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/989419/let-rule-of-law-prevail-sereno-supporters-press-sc-justices

https://www.bloombergquint.com/politics/2018/05/11/top-philippine-judge-removed-after-attacks-on-duterte-s-drug-war

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/11/18/supreme-court-ousts-chief-justice-sereno

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/989390/justices-remove-sereno-from-sc

https://www.rappler.com/nation/202236-sereno-ousted-supreme-court-quo-warranto-decision

https://www.rappler.com/nation/202184-rappler-talk-dan-gatmaytan-sereno-scenarios

https://www.rappler.com/nation/202256-senators-response-sereno-ousted-supreme-court-quo-warranto-decision

https://kodao.org/2018/05/11/sc-has-fallen-lawyers-group-says-after-serenos-ouster/

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/05/11/1814326/full-text-supreme-court-decision-against-maria-lourdes-sereno

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/989356/sereno-supporters-sues-calida-for-graft-malversation-misconduct

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1742636/Manila/Local-News/Protesters-warn-democracy-at-risk-if-Sereno-ousted

http://thecourier.com/national-news/2018/05/11/the-latest-philippine-chief-justice-to-appeal-ouster/

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/989535/cebu-judge-lawyers-groups-see-death-of-judicial-independence-in-sc-decision-ousting-sereno

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/05/11/she-was-the-enemy-of-philippine-president-duterte-and-her-fellow-judges-just-sacked-her/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.869374c41d06

https://www.rappler.com/move-ph/202318-in-photos-students-stand-defiance-sereno-ouster

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/nation-world/world/article210918509.html

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

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

https://www.philstar.com/pilipino-star-ngayon/bansa/2018/05/11/1814271/sereno-sinibak (TAGALOG)

https://rmn.ph/breaking-news-cj-sereno-napahalin-na-bilang-chief-justice/ (TAGALOG)

http://fr.euronews.com/2018/05/11/philippines-la-cour-supreme-demet-sa-presidente-une-detractrice-de-duterte (FRANCAIS)

https://information.tv5monde.com/info/philippines-la-cour-supreme-demet-sa-presidente-une-detractrice-de-duterte-236554 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.boursorama.com/actualite-economique/actualites/philippines-la-cour-supreme-demet-sa-presidente-une-detractrice-de-duterte-69ba1e58928b165cf01413c2fdd58fee (FRANCAIS)

http://www.europapress.es/internacional/noticia-tribunal-supremo-filipinas-cesa-jefa-poder-judicial-enemiga-declarada-duterte-20180511091353.html (ESPANOL)

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/989530/uplb-students-teachers-condemn-cj-ouster (PORTUGUES)

https://www.derstandard.de/story/2000079574269/philippinische-hoechstrichter-setzen-ihre-praesidentin-ab (DEUTSCH)

http://www.dw.com/de/pr%C3%A4sident-duterte-l%C3%A4sst-missliebige-gerichtspr%C3%A4sidentin-absetzen/a-43744678 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.agenzianova.com/a/0/1918033/2018-05-11/filippine-estromesso-il-presidente-della-corte-suprema-inviso-al-presidente-duterte-3 (ITALIANO)

http://jurnalul.ro/stiri/externe/presedinta-curtii-supreme-din-filipine-un-critic-vehement-al-al-rodrigo-duterte-a-fost-destituita-774463.html (ROMAN)

https://www.abcnyheter.no/nyheter/verden/2018/05/11/195395043/filippinsk-hoyesterettsdommer-avsatt-etter-kritikk-av-duterte (NORSK)

https://www.zaobao.com.sg/realtime/world/story20180511-858163 (CHINESE)

https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/2023709/filipijns-hooggerechtshof-ontslaat-voorzitter (NEDERLANDS)

https://www.vietnamplus.vn/toa-an-toi-cao-philippines-phe-truat-chanh-an-maria-lourdes-sereno/502148.vnp (Người việt nam)

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