Daily Archives: 04/06/2018

Turkey/EP: EP rapporteur Piri calls Turkey to release jailed pro-Kurdish HDP candidate Demirtaş

June 4, 2018

The European Parliament’s (EP) Turkey rapporteur Kati Piri has called for the release of jailed pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtaş ahead of Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, online news outlet T24 reported.

According to the report, Piri took to Facebook on Monday, highlighting that Demirtaş, who has been in pre-trial detention for 19 months and faces a string of terror-related charges, is campaigning from his prison cell.

“Other candidates, such as Muharrem İnce (CHP) and Meral Akşener (İYİ), have called for his release. Only then can there be a fair campaign. That seems to me to be a demand that all democrats must support,” Piri said, echoing the calls made by Turkey’s opposition figures for the release of Demirtaş during his presidential campaign.

EU-Commissioner for European Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn last month said that Turkey’s upcoming elections would not be fair under the ongoing state of emergency rule that was implemented following the controversial coup attempt on July 15, 2016, pointing to the chokehold over freedom of expression in Turkey.

https://stockholmcf.org/ep-rapporteur-piri-calls-turkey-to-release-jailed-pro-kurdish-hdp-candidate-demirtas/

http://bianet.org/english/world/197841-ep-rapporteur-kati-piri-demirtas-should-be-released-for-fair-election

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selahattin_Demirta%C5%9F

https://www.bbc.com/turkce/haberler-dunya-44354398 (TURKCE)

https://info.arte.tv/fr/selahattin-demirtas-en-campagne-contre-erdogan-depuis-sa-prison (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selahattin_Demirta%C5%9F (FRANCAIS)

The Philippines: Pregnant Ombudsman prosecutor killed

June 4, 2018

An assistant special prosecutor of the Office of the Ombudsman was killed in Quezon City on Monday.

A report on ABS-CBN said that the slain prosecutor was identified as Madonna Joy Tanyag, who was five months pregnant.

Tanyag was stabbed to death by an unidentified suspect in Quezon City before noon. She was rushed to the East Avenue Medical Center but passed away at the hospital.

Tanyag had often handled anti-graft cases.

Her husband, who was still in shock over the incident, appealed for help that justice may be served.

Tanyag is the tenth state prosecutor attacked since October 2016, when Mati City Prosecutor Rolando Acido was shot dead by unidentified men just outside the city’s Hall of Justice.

Her killing come weeks after Ozamiz City Prosecutor Geronimo Marabe Jr. was shot dead by four identified men in Ozamiz City, Misamis

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2018/06/04/1821544/pregnant-ombudsman-prosecutor-killed

https://www.rappler.com/nation/204075-ombudsman-prosecutor-madona-joy-ednaco-tanyag-stabbed-death

https://www.rappler.com/nation/204093-killed-prosecutor-madonna-ednaco-tanyag-pregnant

https://coconuts.co/manila/news/pregnant-ombudsman-lawyer-killed-primary-suspect-arrested/

India: Punjab & Haryana HC holds Habitual Browbeater Advocate in contempt for FB post

June 4, 2018

Punjab & Haryana High Court

The Punjab & Haryana High Court recently sentenced an Advocate to a month’s simple imprisonment for contempt of Court, over a Facebook post criticising the judicial conduct of a High Court judge.

The post in question was attributed to the personal Facebook account of Advocate Manish Vashishth, who also works as a correspondent for the Punjab Kesari (Hisar Edition).

The Facebook post criticised the conduct of Justice Inderjit Singh in ruling against the Advocate/contemnor last August, while deciding a dispute between him and two BSNL employees. These employees, and their lawyer, HPS Ghuman, later brought the attention of the High Court to the social media post.

A translated version of the post, which finds mention in the judgment reads as follows:

https://barandbench.com/punjab-haryana-high-court-habitual-browbeater-advocate-contempt-fb/

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/haryana/lawyer-gets-month-in-jail-for-facebook-post-on-hc-judge/599590.html

https://newsxind.com/national/haryana-lawyer-criticised-high-court-judge-on-facebook-gets-a-month-in-jail

http://www.livelaw.in/contempt-of-court-punjab-haryana-hc-awards-1-month-imprisonment-to-lawyer-who-criticized-judge-on-facebook/

Haryana lawyer gets a month in jail for criticising HC judge on Facebook