Daily Archives: 19/09/2018

Egypt: Egyptian appeals court issues 3 month suspended sentence to rights lawyer Khaled Ali

September 19, 2018

Khaled Ali

A Giza misdemeanour appeals court handed on Wednesday a three month suspended sentence to Khaled Ali, the prominent labour rights lawyer and the 2012 presidential candidate, for offending public decency in an incident that dates back to 2017.

According to Egyptian law, Ali has the right to appeal Wednesday’s court decision.

In September 2017, a misdemeanour court had sentenced Ali to three months in prison in the case and ordered a bail of  EGP 1000 on charges of ofending public decency by making the middle-finger gesture outside of the State Council headquarters in January 2017.

The incident that led to Ali’s conviction occurred as a crowd gathered to celebrate a successful court ruling won by Ali against the April 2016 Egypt-Saudi border demarcation agreement that placed the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir within Saudia Arabian territory.

Ali appealed the court ruling.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/311846/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-appeals-court-issues–month-suspended-sen.aspx

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-09-19/egypt-court-upholds-suspended-sentence-against-activist

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/57834/Khaled-Ali-handed-down-suspended-3-year-jail-term-over

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2018/Sep-19/463900-egypt-court-upholds-suspended-sentence-against-activist.ashx

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/606620/Egypt-court-suspends-jail-term-for-prominent-activ

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egyptian-court-upholds-prison-sentence-against-former-presidential-candidate/

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180918-un-systematic-involuntary-disappearances-continue-in-egypt/

https://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/paranoid-world-abdel-fattah-el-sisi-724689434

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

https://searx.me:3000/?mortyhash=cba3644ab8df3726615c388200f2158cb6b2de2ba037f7f6bb121fe6ceb7a251&mortyurl=https%3A%2F%2Fkatib.net%2F2018%2F09%2F20%2F%25d8%25a7%25d9%2584%25d8%25b9%25d9%2581%25d9%2588-%25d8%25a7%25d9%2584%25d8%25af%25d9%2588%25d9%2584%25d9%258a%25d8%25a9-%25d8%25a8%25d8%25b9%25d8%25af-%25d8%25aa%25d8%25a3%25d9%258a%25d9%258a%25d8%25af-%25d8%25a7%25d9%2584%25d8%25ad%25d9%2583%25d9%2585-%25d8%25b9%25d9%2584%25d9%2589-%25d8%25ae%25d8%25a7%25d9%2584%25d8%25af%2F (ARABIC)

https://www.agenzianova.com/a/0/2075252/2018-09-19/egitto-tribunale-appello-giza-conferma-3-mesi-di-carcere-per-l-attivista-ex-candidato-presidenza-khaled-ali (ITALIANO)

Nigeria: Court asks police to pay lawyer N10m for illegal detention

September 19, 2018

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A Port Harcourt High Court has asked the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Police command,  to pay N10 million to a legal practitioner, Mr.  Olubisi Afolabi for detaining him illegally.
The ruling, which was given pursuant to  Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 2009, Section 46 of the 1999 Constitution was sequel to an suit filed by the lawyer alleging that he was illegally detained on the orders of a Divisional Police Officer, Eneka station, CSP Yahaya Bello, stating that his fundamental rights have been infringed upon
The court, in the ruling, delivered by Justice G.  O.  Omereji of High Court 13, Port Harcourt, a copy of which was   obtained by our correspondent in Owerri yesterday, also declared as illegal the continued detention of the applicants Toyota Dyna 100 vehicle because of the applicant’s refusal to write an apology letter and ordered same to be released to him.
A copy of the ruling was signed by the Director of Litigation,  Mina H. H. Jumbo .
The legal practitioner, through his counsel,  O.D. Abdulkarem with G. B. Sanusi, Dike Udenwa et al, had approached the court asking for the enforcement of fundamental human rights as he was detained against his wish by the defendants at the Eneka police station in a cell with hardened criminals and drug addicts following his demand for the release  of his vehicle  seized  by the police.
He had asked the court to award him N20 million as damages.

https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/court-asks-police-to-pay-lawyer-n10m-for-illegal-detention.html

https://dnllegalandstyle.com/2018/n10-million-judgment-nba-president-congratulates-olubisi-afolabi-and-his-legal-team/

Malaysia: Shafee’s son pays other half of bail

September 19, 2018

All paid: Muhammad Farhan at the court complex to settle his father’s bail.

Lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who has been hit with money laundering charges, has posted the remaining RM500,000 of his RM1mil bail.

His son Muhammad Farhan arrived at the court complex here at 11.50am yesterday with his two bailors for the bail procedure.

The three men then went down to the bail counter at the basement. They left the court complex at 1.30pm.

Muhammad Shafee, 66, was absent.

Attempts to reach Muhammad Farhan for comments were unsuccessful as he rushed from the counter and did not stop to take questions.

On Sept 13, Muhammad Shafee claimed trial in the Sessions Court here to four charges of money laundering involving RM9.5mil that he received from former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The 66-year-old is accused of receiving proceeds of unlawful activity totalling RM4.3mil on Sept 13, 2013, and RM5.2mil on Feb 17, 2014, through two AmIslamic Bank Bhd cheques issued by the former prime minister. The cheques were remitted into Muhammad Shafee’s CIMB Bank account.

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https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/09/19/shafees-son-pays-other-half-of-bail-balance-of-lawyers-rm1mil-security-settled/

https://themalaysianreserve.com/2018/09/19/lawyer-muhammad-shafee-settles-remaining-rm500000-bail/

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/09/18/shafee-pays-remaining-rm500-000-of-his-rm1mil-bail/

http://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/lawyer-muhammad-shafee-settles-remaining-bail-payment-rm500000

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/443768 (MALAY)

https://tirto.id/lakukan-pencucian-uang-najib-razak-ditangkap-kpk-malaysia-cZZs (MALAY)

China: China’s Embattled Human Rights Lawyers Set up Legal Consultancy

September 18, 2018

A view of the office of the Chinese Lawyers' Club set up by human rights attorneys in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to represent the public, Sept. 18, 2018.

Five years after police launched a nationwide crackdown raided law firms and detained hundreds of lawyers and activists, China’s embattled human rights lawyers are increasingly left without any way of practicing law.

A group of former rights attorneys who have lost their “business license” at the hands of local justice departments, and may no longer represent clients in court, have formed a company called the China Lawyers’ Club in the southwestern region of Guangxi, RFA has learned.

Based in the regional capital Nanning, the club seeks to find employment and income for dozens of experienced litigators who no longer have an income in the wake of the crackdown.

“The judicial environment in China is in a terrible state right now, and lawyers are facing a lot of chaos and hard times,” one of the club’s founders, Tan Yongpei, told RFA. “Through this club, we are able to carry on … surviving, and help even more people.”

The club is a legal services company, and signs lawyers in a manner similar to the way sports teams sign big stars, he said.

We have it a lot easier than a lot of lawyers, because we don’t have any organization in charge of us, and we have fairly large resources to draw upon, both in the media and online, as well as the nationwide recognition and support of the legal profession,” Tan said.

Founder member and Guangdong-based lawyer Sui Muqing, who lost his license in January after he ignored official warnings not to take on politically sensitive cases, said lawyers don’t need a business license to advise on complaints cases.

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/chinas-embattled-human-rights-lawyers-set-up-legal-consultancy-09182018113025.html

https://menafn.com/1097429760/Rally-at-UN-Against-Chinese-President-Xi-Jinping

https://chinachange.org/2018/09/16/four-years-afar/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/09/19/un-rights-body-should-take-action-reprisals

USA/Ecuador: Chevron Wants Donziger Jailed In Fight Over $9.5B Fine

September 18, 2018

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Chevron Corp. told a New York federal court on Monday that attorney Steven Donziger, who helped procure a fraudulent $9.5 billion judgment in Ecuador over pollution in the Amazon, should be jailed if he continues refusing to transfer his interest in the proceeds of that judgment to Chevron.

U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan had reiterated last month that Donziger had to transfer to Chevron his interest in a Gibraltar-based company called Amazonia Recovery Ltd., which had been formed to collect and distribute any proceeds from…

https://www.law360.com/legalethics/articles/1083507/chevron-wants-donziger-jailed-in-fight-over-9-5b-fine

http://stevendonziger.com/

https://www.triplepundit.com/podium/global-conference-on-indigenous-solutions-for-environmental-challenges-set-for-november-in-canada/

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/09/chevron-arbitration-ruling-ecuador-completely-off-base.html

The Philippines/Australia: Affidavit of Prof. Gill Boehringer, International People’s Tribunal 2018, Brussels

September 18, 2018

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Attacks on Lawyers List under Duterte regime 11 9 18

Click to access Boehringer.pdf

http://www.humanrightsphilippines.net/events/international-peoples-tribunal-2018/

https://www.facebook.com/IPT2018/

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http://mindanao.politics.com.ph/duterte-to-be-tried-before-brussels-based-global-court-say-militant-groups/

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/09/18/1852574/palace-dismisses-international-peoples-tribunal-sham-proceeding

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/09/18/18/palace-calls-international-tribunal-proceedings-a-sham

http://www.karapatan.org/Rights+victims+file+raps+vs+Duterte+at+international+tribunal

https://globalnation.inquirer.net/169923/duterte-trial-belgium-rights-abuses-just-propaganda-palace

http://politics.com.ph/its-a-sham-palace-shrugs-off-marawi-sultans-testimony-vs-duterte-in-intl-tribunal/

http://bulatlat.com/main/2018/09/18/intl-tribunal-starts-hearing-cases-rights-violations-duterte/

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1764905/Manila/Local-News/Palace-unflustered-by-Marawi-sultans-testimony-vs-Duterte-government-before-global-court

https://ilps.info/en/2018/09/15/ilps-endorses-and-supports-international-peoples-tribunal-2018-on-crimes-against-the-filipino-people-by-duterte-and-trump-regimes/

http://bulatlat.com/main/2018/09/20/intl-tribunal-duterte-trump-guilty-violating-political-economic-rights-filipino-people/

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/10/08/1858362/foxs-lawyers-immigration-gave-in-dutertes-whims

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Argentina/Iran/Israel: Analysis of 40,000 recordings about AMIA bombing wins online journalism award

September 17, 2018

La Nacion takes prize for probe into audio Alberto Nisman used in his allegations of Argentina-Iran cover-up in Buenos Aires attack

An Argentine news outlet’s analysis of secret recordings about the bombing of the 1994 AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires beat out The Wall Street Journal and others to win an international journalism award on Saturday.

La Nacion, a daily, won the international Online Journalism Award from the Online News Association for excellence in audio digital storytelling for medium and large newsrooms.

Its “Prosecutor Nisman Phone Interceptions Mapped in Playlists” was developed through its data journalism website La Nacion Data and also was picked over The Guardian, KPCC public radio in Southern California and the Texas Tribune.

La Nacion Data Argentina analyzed 40,354 audio recordings that included information on which special prosecutor Alberto Nisman based his allegations that the government of former President Cristina de Kirchner cooperated with Iran to cover up the Islamic Republic’s role in the July 18, 1994, bombing of the Jewish center that killed 85.

The project included a two-year crowdsourcing effort to listen to 40,354 phone interceptions of the 986 hours of audio used by Nisman as the main evidence in his investigation; creation of a database with the 200 most important and relevant audios; and publication of those recordings in an interactive visualization tool.


(Argentina’s public prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, gives a news conference in Buenos Aires, May 20, 2009. (JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images))
The analysis conducted by 120 volunteers uncovered several pieces of information that had not been previously disclosed.

Nisman was found dead on Jan. 18, 2015, hours before he was to present his allegations concerning the Argentina-Iran agreement about the AMIA bombing. His allegations named the government of Kirchner as part of the cover-up of Iran’s role.

Whether Nisman’s shooting in his apartment was murder or self-inflicted has yet to be determined. Even though there is not a judiciary sentence yet, the current investigation is based on the hypothesis that the death of Nisman was murder, not suicide.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/analysis-of-40000-recordings-about-amia-bombing-wins-online-journalism-award/

https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/analysis-of-40354-recordings-of-argentina-iran-cover-up-wins-journalism-award/

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

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

https://www.enlacejudio.com/2018/09/18/diario-premio-caso-nisman/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.diariopopular.com.ar/politica/revelan-detalles-desconocidos-del-celular-y-la-computadora-nisman-n367702 (ESPANOL)

https://www.rionegro.com.ar/argentina/las-seis-causas-en-las-que-esta-procesada-cristina-fernandez-de-kirchner-LD5720379 (ESPANOL)

http://noticias.perfil.com/2018/09/22/caso-nisman-los-ultimos-whatsapp-del-fiscal-muerto/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.elespectador.com/opinion/editorial/cristina-fernandez-de-kirchner-ante-la-justicia-articulo-813614 (ESPANOL)

https://fr.timesofisrael.com/amia-prix-journalistique-pour-une-enquete-sur-40-000-enregistrements/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.juriguide.com/monde-des-affaires/christina-kirchner-mise-en-examen-pour-les-cahiers-de-la-corruption-en-argentine/ (FRANCAIS)

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

Australia/Timor Leste: Labor MP Julian Hill criticises Witness K prosecution

September 18, 2018

MP says attorney general hasn’t justified his support for action against the Timor-Leste spying whistleblower

Julian Hill

The Labor MP Julian Hill has implicitly criticised the prosecution of the former spy Witness K and his lawyer, Bernard Collaery, telling caucus colleagues the attorney general has failed to justify his decision to support the legal action.

Hill raised a number of concerns about the prosecution in the Labor caucus on Tuesday in the first major-party criticism of the controversial case, which centres around the two men blowing the whistle on Australia’s spying on Timor-Leste.

The Victorian MP asked whether the shadow attorney general, Mark Dreyfus, could provide an update on the legal proceedings, and whether the case would be tried in open court.

According to people present at Tuesday’s meeting, Hill expressed concern about the ongoing failure of the attorney general, Christian Porter, to give reasons for supporting the prosecution.

Hill said Labor had supported a tranche of national security reforms partly on the basis that the package included a safeguard that the attorney general consent to certain prosecutions, but the attorney general had then proceeded with a prosecution without providing detailed explanation.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/sep/18/labor-mp-julian-hill-criticises-witness-k-prosecution

https://www.crikey.com.au/2018/09/19/labor-has-serious-questions-to-answer-about-witness-k/

http://thebigsmoke.com.au/2018/09/15/how-much-of-the-witness-k-case-will-the-public-actually-see/

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/sep/19/senator-asks-why-prosecutors-sat-on-witness-k-evidence-for-three-years

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/am/witness-k-more-information-surfaces/10346238

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-06/government-sat-on-witness-k-prosecution-for-years-despite-advice/10341994

https://the-riotact.com/bernard-collaery-wins-civil-justice-award-for-east-timor-work/270408

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

https://www.rtp.pt/noticias/mundo/tribunal-de-camberra-inicia-julgamento-de-delator-de-escutas-em-timor-leste_n1098522 (PORTUGUES)

Belgium/USA: Des ténors du barreau belge interdits d’entrée aux USA parce qu’ils ont… plaidé dans des affaires de terrorisme!

le 18 septembre, 2018

Plusieurs pénalistes qui ont traité des dossiers de terrorisme sont concernés.

Ils ont chacun leur style, chacun leurs clients mais ont tous au moins deux points en commun : ils n’ont pas le droit d’entrer aux États-Unis et ont tous plaidé dans des affaires de terrorisme. Aussi surprenant que cela puisse paraître, pour ces pénalistes, le lien de cause à effet est évident !

Rien qu’à Bruxelles, ils sont au moins cinq dans la même situation. Tous ont voulu se rendre récemment au pays de l’oncle Sam et aucun n’a pu obtenir son Esta, l’autorisation de voyage obligatoire pour les ressortissants belges qui souhaitent rejoindre les USA.

J’y allais chaque été pour un mois rendre visite à ma famille et comme par hasard cette année, après avoir justement défendu une personne soupçonnée de terrorisme, j’ai été refusée“, témoigne une avocate qui préfère rester discrète sur son identité.

http://www.dhnet.be/actu/faits/des-tenors-du-barreau-belge-interdits-d-entree-aux-usa-parce-qu-ils-ont-plaide-dans-des-affaires-de-terrorisme-5ba001bccd704df8b4af34c2

https://bx1.be/news/plusieurs-avocats-bruxellois-interdits-dacces-aux-etats-unis-apres-plaide-dossier-de-terrorisme/

http://www.lesoir.be/179013/article/2018-09-18/des-avocats-belges-traitant-de-dossiers-de-terrorisme-interdits-dentree-aux-usa

https://www.7sur7.be/7s7/fr/1505/Monde/article/detail/3476945/2018/09/18/Des-avocats-belges-interdits-d-acces-aux-Etats-Unis.dhtml

https://www.rtbf.be/info/societe/detail_des-avocats-belges-persona-non-grata-sur-le-sol-americain?id=10022157

http://french.china.org.cn/foreign/txt/2018-09/18/content_63581233.htm

Turkey: Int’l law associations urge UN to pressure on Turkish gov’t over persecution of legal professionals

September 18, 2018

Three international law associations have urged United Nations (UN), enter into urgent dialogue with the Turkish government with a view to ending the persecution and prosecution of legal professionals in the country.

The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC), the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the Law Society of England and Wales have written a 34-page report in relation to breaches of the rights and protections of the legal profession in Turkey and submitted Diego García-Sayán, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers on Tuesday in Geneva.

The report entitled “International Law Breaches Concerning the Independence of Legal Profession in Turkey” which was submitted to the UN related to human rights violations which have occurred and are occurring since the controversial coup attempt on July 15, 2016, and examines the position post the ending of the State of Emergency in Turkey.

“Primarily, new laws place in a statutory framework the pre-existing threats to the independence of the legal profession, including arbitrary arrest and detention, dismissals, and breaches of the right to a fair trial and due process,” said the international law associations in their joint letter in which they presented the report to UN’s García-Sayán.

https://stockholmcf.org/intl-law-associations-urge-un-to-pressure-on-turkish-govt-over-persecution-of-legal-professionals/

International Law Breaches Concerning the Independence of Legal Profession in Turkey

https://arrestedlawyers.org/

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