Daily Archives: 26/12/2018

Russia/Ukraine: Ukrainian lawyer jailed in Russia for eight years for ‘espionage’

December 26, 2018

A court in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, has sentenced Ukrainian lawyer Ihor Kyiashko to eight years in a high-security colony on charges of espionage and attempts to smuggle military equipment, according to Kommersant.

“Nizhny Novgorod Regional Court has sentenced Ukrainian Ihor Kyiashko to eight years in a high-security colony, having found him guilty of preparing for smuggling of military equipment and espionage. The court admitted that the convict had bought parts of the engines of multipurpose MiG-29 fighter aircraft for shipment to Ukraine and was collecting secret documentation on the installation of an S-400 anti-aircraft missile system on the instructions of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU),” reads the statement.

Kyiashko’s lawyer, Alexei Matasov, said he considered the sentence to be rather mild and did not intend to challenge it.

According to the prosecution, Kyiashko tried to buy in Russia and bring to Ukraine the blades to the RD-33 engine, which is used on MiG-29 fighter aircraft. The sale was under the control of Russia’s FSB Security Service. He was detained at the time of the transfer of money. Kyiashko was also found guilty of an attempt to gather information about a radar station used in the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems.

 

Kyiashko himself admitted that he was trying to buy blades from the RD-33 engine, but denied allegations of espionage. According to him, secret documents were thrown to him during detention.

https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-society/2608548-ukrainian-lawyer-jailed-in-russia-for-eight-years-for-espionage.html

https://112.international/ukraine-top-news/ukrainian-lawyer-kyiashko-sentenced-to-eight-years-behind-bars-in-russia-35480.html

Pakistan: Senior lawyer shot dead in Tank

December 25, 2018

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Armed assailants riding a motorbike gunned down Tank District Bar General Secretary Syed Azam Kundi Advocate in the Imamkhel Bazaar here on Monday.

The killing sparked protests by the lawyers who placed the body at the busy Kashmir Chowk.

The protesters chanted slogans against the district administration and the district police chief.

According to police and local residents, Mr Kundi was going to local courts from his residence as a routine when armed men opened fire on him at Imamkhel, killing him on the spot.

The legal fraternity led by district bar president Pir Abdul Ghaffar Shah, civil society members and local residents held a rally, starting from the district headquarters hospital, Tank, to the Kashmir Chowk.

The speakers held the district police officer responsible for the gory murder. They were of the view that the DPO had ordered withdrawal of security from the slain lawyer and provided opportunity to the attackers to kill him.

They demanded probe into the murder of senior lawyer and arrest of the killers at the earliest.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1453480?fbclid=IwAR2umNCCFR-g2hX3svUqgb_MBtlEQmlsCoLU1EoXSQ4G9CH9Cx3z4Bgk3o0

https://menafn.com/1097877920/Pakistan-Lawyer-gunned-down-in-Tank

(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 27/12/18)

The Philippines: Witnesses in Rodel Batocabe slay come forward

December 26, 2018

At least six witnesses have come forward and issued statements on the killing of Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his bodyguard Senior Police Officer 1 Orlando Diaz.

Newly installed Daraga police chief Supt. Dennis Balla said it is a positive development in their efforts to solve the double murder case.

The Daraga police chief added that they have identified “persons of interest” and others for questioning and background checking. But Balla did not provide names.

“We in the Philippine National Police are glad to tell you that witnesses to the Batocabe and Diaz killings are cooperating with us in our serious efforts to bring the perpetrators to the folds of the law,” Balla told a press conference on Monday afternoon at the office of Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo.

Baldo lamented speculations that he was behind Batocabe’s killing.

“These reports are dragging my name down. I accept (the blame), being the mayor of Daraga where this sad incident happened. What I cannot take are insinuations that I am behind this crime. People who know the background of our family (are aware) that we do not resort to violence to resolve issues,” Baldo said.

The mayor dared his accusers to file charges against him if they have proof of his complicity in the crime.

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/12/26/1879921/witnesses-rodel-batocabe-slay-come-forward

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/12/25/sc-to-adopt-measures-to-safeguard-lawyers-against-criminal-elements/

https://www.manilatimes.net/lawyers-group-asks-sc-to-probe-killings-attacks-on-lawyers/487638/

https://www.panaynews.net/sc-ibp-condemn-killing-of-lawyers/

https://www.manilatimes.net/police-eye-6-suspects-in-batocabe-killing/487538/?fbclid=IwAR2nQDriInJqwfQGBKkB7dWm2XQ9rsFxtr-6bfj8aMAzS_g3RSAhitqlLwg

http://manilastandard.net/news/top-stories/283830/daraga-mayor-rejects-politics-in-solon-s-slay.html

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1066401/widow-of-batocabe-rules-out-npa-role-in-solons-slay

http://gulftoday.ae/portal/be44d233-62bc-4f9c-89f2-abb84c4343f5.aspx

http://manilastandard.net/opinion/columns/over-sight-by-danilo-suarez/283883/justice-for-rodel.html

https://politics.com.ph/batocabe-effect-bersamin-eyes-scs-own-probe-into-abogados-killings/

https://www.rappler.com/nation/219707-duterte-adds-millions-bounty-rodel-batocabe-killers

China: ‘More than 20’ security personnel block wife of detained China rights lawyer from attending trial

December 25, 2018

Li Wenzu

Chinese authorities have placed the wife of a detained Chinese human rights lawyer under de facto house arrest to stop her from attending his trial, she said Tuesday.

Li Wenzu, who last week shaved her head in protest at her husband’s indefinite detention, said there were “more than 20” security personnel outside her Beijing apartment by early afternoon.

One of them explicitly told her not to visit Tianjin, the city where her husband stands trial on Wednesday, she wrote on social messaging app WeChat.

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“I wish I could grow a pair of wings, free and unconstrained, and fly freely, fly to Tianjin”, Li said.

Local police in Beijing did not immediately respond to AFP’s request for comment.

Wang Quanzhang, who defended political activists and victims of land seizures, disappeared in a sweep aimed at courtroom critics of Communist authorities.

Charged in January 2016 with alleged “subversion of state power”, Wang is the only one of more than 200 lawyers and activists arrested in the so-called “709 crackdown” in 2015 who is yet to be tried or released.

On Monday, Li posted on Twitter that she had finally learned of her husband’s trial date, which was conspicuously set for the day after Christmas.

It is not the first time the Chinese government has chosen to sentence a political dissident during the year-end holiday season when international attention towards human rights cases is at a lull.

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/12/25/20-security-personnel-block-wife-detained-china-rights-lawyer-attending-trial/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/26/my-husband-is-innocent-wife-of-detained-chinese-lawyer-barred-from-trial?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR21MdpQIHC_RZh6KhspXmMlvqnl49PLUQsxHL8F7SfCQfDo3dtxlkAxX2A

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/12/china-lawyer-wang-quanzhang-trial-cruel-charade/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-46684398?ocid=socialflow_twitter

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/heavy-security-as-china-opens-trial-of-prominent-rights-lawyer-11062838

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/heavy-security-as-china-opens-trial-of-prominent-rights-lawyer-wang-quanzhang

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/hongkong-prisoners-12252018203209.html

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/lawyer-trial-12252018204624.html

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/china-opens-trial-prominent-rights-lawyer-tight-security-181226013112896.html

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/25/asia/china-wang-quanzhang-human-rights-intl/

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-26/closed-court-security-fake-tv-crews-for-chinese-lawyer-trial/10669022

http://news.trust.org//item/20181226021315-rcfde/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w172w1fxg1yb8gh

https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/chinese-police-lock-down-court-for-trial-of-prominent-rights-lawyer-20181226-p50oal.html

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights-idUSKCN1OP028?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5c23050704d30137b1c844f1&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR10ETD7QM60f0u1W588KULs_Ny-uG31iTQNbBwkoOFahvDzqWp7clkghos

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/12/26/fascist-rule-absurd-activists-detained-china-rights-lawyer-wang-quanzhang-trial-begins/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights-idUSKCN1OP028?fbclid=IwAR0083jMc3OgL9iMPL8_dh9IXNU8zc09JWlU6QaOHaJQu3f9pF0tWpiy-kM

http://rsdlmonitor.com/statement-wang-quanzhangs-indictment-peter-dahlin/

https://chinalawandpolicy.com/tag/li-wenzu/

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/holdout-chinese-dissident-wang-quanzhang-gets-day-in-court/news-story/10311580bb426693982ab13ae8c5f9c7?nk=610336025edf9d77bce8bb3a66f85660-1545786498

https://www.nchrd.org/2018/12/travesty-of-justice-free-rights-lawyer-wang-quanzhang-now/

https://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-china-rights-lawyer-20181226-story.html?fbclid=IwAR0bz3i3_NKHuvIC0qpr3RyvOSX8weoemfwFwt_g92zgh915A_wzoRBXFQo

http://www.jeromecohen.net/jerrys-blog/2018/12/27/human-rights-lawyer-wang-quanzhangs-secret-trial

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/trial-against-wang-quanzhang/

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/12/28/pictures-security-personnel-block-wife-detained-china-lawyer-wang-quanzhang-submitting-court-petition/?fbclid=IwAR0KrYzhjSelhBsmcXCxk4d9CrvbtDQG0LKZ7rdnTKEgLzV2lTnLCunOIQc

https://zh.amnesty.org/more-resources/news/china-trial-of-lawyer-wang-quanzhang-a-cruel-charade/?fbclid=IwAR35b6y-QQ3NTuYW5K98umluxXe-EHQMaWq_jxh8Db8WYOYjaEnu7eXwTb8 (CHINESE)

https://www.voachinese.com/a/Rights-Activists-Barred-From-Tianjin-Trial-Of-Wang-Quanzhang-20181225/4715146.html (CHINESE)

https://hk.news.appledaily.com/china/realtime/article/20181226/59070754 (CANTONESE)

https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2018/12/26/chine-le-proces-du-defenseur-des-droits-wang-quanzhang-s-ouvre-sous-haute-surveillance_5402297_3210.html?fbclid=IwAR1zpga9U9lbO4Irt4CVxutpEBslDUJzc5dJ3HLTHtgmdDa-pSGoqUyXfyc (FRANCAIS)

https://www.liberation.fr/depeches/2018/12/25/chine-la-femme-d-un-avocat-empechee-d-assister-a-son-proces_1699654 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.news-24.fr/international/20477/Monde-Chine-proc%C3%A8s-sous-haute-surveillance-pour-un-d%C3%A9fenseur-des-droits.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.la-croix.com/Monde/Chine-femme-avocat-empechee-assister-proces-2018-12-25-1300991625 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.es.amnesty.org/en-que-estamos/noticias/noticia/articulo/china-el-juicio-del-abogado-wang-quanzhang-es-una-farsa-cruel/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.europapress.es/internacional/noticia-china-toma-medidas-seguridad-comienzo-juicio-contra-abogado-chino-detenido-2015-20181226025421.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.abc.es/internacional/abci-desaparecidos-china-201812241943_noticia.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.dw.com/de/prozess-gegen-chinesischen-menschenrechtsanwalt-wang-quanzhang-er%C3%B6ffnet/a-46865703 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.derstandard.de/story/2000094743422/frau-von-inhaftiertem-menschenrechtsanwalt-unter-hausarrest (DEUTSCH)

https://noticias.uol.com.br/ultimas-noticias/reuters/2018/12/26/anistia-internacional-diz-que-julgamento-de-advogado-de-direitos-humanos-na-china-e-farsa.htm (PORTUGUES)

https://observador.pt/2018/12/26/policia-impede-acesso-a-tribunal-chines-onde-julgam-ativista-dos-direitos-humanos/ (PORTUGUES)

https://www.sydsvenskan.se/2018-12-26/sluten-rattegang-mot-kinesisk-advokat (SVENSKA)

https://www.abcnyheter.no/nyheter/verden/2018/12/26/195486677/rettssak-mot-menneskerettsforkjemper-i-gang-i-kina (NORSK)

http://vi.rfi.fr/chau-a/20181226-mot-luat-su-nhan-quyen-trung-quoc-bi-xu-kin-vi-bi-mat-nha-nuoc (Tiếng Việt)

http://kampucheathmey.com/2016/archives/1008439 (KHMER)

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#WangQuanzhang

【李文足出門到天津旁聽時被國保阻撓|2018年12月26日早上8:00消息】

今早5:30,我跟李文足穿上了厚厚的棉服,我們沒坐電梯,從8樓走下去。

要是照著以前國保的手段,已經是三五個大漢堵住家門,這次樓道靜悄悄。

在推開一樓單元的大鐵門之前,文足深深吸了一口氣,然後推門。

突然,呼啦啦湧上來十幾個人。攝像機,閃光燈亮了,原來是記者。

也有一些舉著手機,戴著口罩,故意用身子擋著文足去路的,是國保。

仔細一看,還是記者少,國保多。

石景山國保頭子陸凱的臉被羽絨帽子包得嚴嚴實實。他湊在文足臉前,一改凶神惡煞的樣子,殷勤地
說:“走吧,我送你去天津。但是案子是非公開審理,
你去了也聽不了。我送你去,坐我們的車!”

文足立即堅定地拒絕:“我不會坐你們的車去!而且就算不公開審理,家屬也有權利旁聽。還有,這個通知不歸你通知!”

陸凱說:“我有正式通知呢,我拿給你……”陸凱裝模作樣地回到他的車上,打電話去了。過了大概有十分鐘,通知沒拿來,幾個凶神惡煞的小區保安出現了。他們粗聲大氣,把記者們一個勁兒地往外趕。我跟文足也一起走,卻被兩個女國保用身體堵住我們的去路。我真想把她們推開,但心裡一再囑咐自己不要衝突,不要給國寶找藉口。

我們躲避著女國寶,向南門走去。一輛車在黑暗中慢慢地跟在我們身後。往南門走有警察,有警車,出不去。我倆改朝東門走,另一輛國保的車守在前面等著。迎面看見陸凱。他還是說:“我陪你們去,我陪著你們還不行嗎?”

同時打電話:“去東門等著我。”

這個小區有6個門,現在確定四個門都被警察把守了!
陸凱一直跟著 。

我倆從東門往南門走去,在小區裡故意繞了一大圈子。到了南門,大門外幾輛車閃著燈,一輛我們認出來是記者的車,還有的是國保的車。

這時陸凱接了一個電話,他拍胸脯說:“放心吧,這次絕對不衝突,不動手,不造成壞影響。我一直陪著她倆……”

我跟文足不死心,又折返去了北門。北門臨街是條小路,只要東西兩頭一堵,依然是出不去。遠遠地我們就看見一輛車亮著車燈,發動機在嗡嗡作響,顯然是隨時可以上路的。

這時我看了眼手機,已經6:44了,肯定無法到達天津了,我倆也凍透了,只好回家了。

李文足
王峭嶺
2018年12月26日早上8:00

(China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group / 中國維權律師關注組 Facebook, 26/12/18)

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【709案最後審判 立即釋放王全璋律師】
The Final Trial of the 709 Crackdown Release Lawyer Wang Quanzhang Immediately

//聯署聲明 Joint Statement// (English version below)

舉世震驚的「709大抓捕」發生至今已逾3年。「709案」牽連甚廣,上百位行動者及人權律師被捕,多人受到各種滋擾和打壓。其中周世鋒、胡石根及吳淦更被以「顛覆國家政權罪」判處7至8年徒刑。王全璋作為「709案」中最後一位羈押未審的律師,終於在今天迎來這最後的審判。

王全璋1976年出生,自2007年起於北京執業,為鋒銳律師事務所律師。他經常代理敏感案件,如法輪功案、土地維權等,也因而成為當局的眼中釘。他曾以「高峰」為筆名在互聯網發表批評時政的文章,及撰寫有關中國公民社會的報告。

王全璋律師於2015年8月3日被警方帶走,並於2016年1月被控「顛覆國家政權」。他長期處於秘密羈押狀態,未能會見家屬所委任的律師,他的妻子李文足在過去3年多亦從未見過他一面。他的辯護律師余文生更於2018年初被捕,被控以「煽動顛覆國家」。3年多來,關於王全璋僅有的消息只來自官派律師,其準確性也無法核實。

「709案」被捕者家屬包括李文足為了救援她們的親人不斷抗爭,並發展成備受矚目的「709家屬」群體。她們以充滿創意和朝氣的行動,持續挑戰當局的訊息封鎖和白色恐怖,其紅桶行動、千里尋夫、削髮抗議等,均是近年國內民間抗爭的標誌性行動,並成功將中國的人權議題帶到國際平台。但代價是3年來不停的騷擾、監控甚至施暴,連小孩上學也出現問題。

李文足於今年11月獲頒2018年瑞典「愛德爾斯塔姆人權獎」(The Edelstam Prize),以表揚她對捍衛人權所作出的貢獻。德國總理默克爾於今年5月訪華時亦特意拜訪李文足和余文生律師的妻子許豔,反映國際社會對王全璋及「709案」的關注。

今天王全璋案開庭,李文足卻自昨天上午起便被國保看管在家,連自己丈夫的庭審都不被允許參與。對王全璋及「709案」眾人的顛覆國家指控本為子烏虚有,對家屬的監控更是毫無理據。

我們在此要求中國政府:
1.立即無條件釋放王全璋、周世鋒、胡石根、吳淦及余文生;
2.追究「709案」中所有執法人員違法違規行為的法律責任;
3.就王全璋及「709案」受影響人士羈押時所受到的權利侵害提供相應且合適的賠償;
4.停止針對李文足及其兒子的任何形式的打壓;
5.廢除「顛覆國家政權罪」及「煽動顛覆國家政權罪」。
同時,我們呼籲國際社會、公眾和媒體繼續密切關注中國當局對公民社會、人權律師及民間行動者的打壓,合力制止中國愈演愈烈的人權災難。

聯署團體:香港市民支援愛國民主運動聯合會、中國維權律師關注組、社會民主連線、公民黨、華人民主書院、良心之友

2018年12月26日

The Final Trial of the 709 Crackdown Release Lawyer Wang Quanzhang Immediately

It has been 3 years since the shocking “709 crackdown”, a widespread persecution of Chinese activists and rights lawyers that had led to the arrest of over a hundred, and many more have been summoned, harassed and intimidated. Among those Zhou Shifeng, Wu Shigen and Wu Gan have since then been sentenced to 7 to 8 years imprisonment for “Subversion of State Power”. As the last detainee in the 709 crackdown who has not yet been tried, Wang Quanzhang will finally appear in court today.

Wang Quanzhang was born in 1976 and began practicing as a lawyer in Beijing since 2007. He was a member of Feng Rui Law Firm. He often represented clients in sensitive cases, such as Falun Gong practitioners and land evictees, and as such incurred the wrath of the authorities. He has also used the pen name “Gao Feng” to write political commentaries, and has published various reports on the state of civil society in China.

Wang Quanzhang was taken away by the police on 3 August 2015, and was charged with subversion of state power in January 2016. He was held incommunicado for a long period of time, and has never been able to meet his defence lawyers appointed by his wife Li Wenzu, nor has Li Wenzu ever saw him in the past three and a half years. His defence lawyer Yu Wensheng was even arrested in early 2018, and charged with “Inciting Subversion of State Power”. During the past three and a half years, the only news of Wang Quanzhang has come from government-appointed lawyers, and the accuracy of such information can never be verified.

The family members of the arrestees in the “709 crackdown”, including Li Wenzu, have fought valiantly for the freedom of their relatives, and developed into the renowned “709 Family”. Using creative and courageous campaign, they have persistently challenged the information blockage and white terror of the Chinese authorities. Actions like the “red bucket protest”, “long march for freedom” and “hairless not lawless”, are all signature campaigns that stood out among civil protests in China in recent years. The activism of the 709 Family has brought human rights issues in China to the international arena. However the price the families have to pay is high; they suffer constant harassment, surveillance and even violence; even the children were affected and have difficulties finding schools.

Li Wenzu was awarded the 2018 Edelstam Prize in November this year, for her outstanding contributions and exceptional courage in standing up for the defence of human rights. When Angela Merkel visited China in May this year, she specially paid a visit to Li Wenzu and Xu Yan, wife of Yu Wensheng, reflecting the level of international attention on Wang Quanzhang and the 709 crackdown.

Today Wang Quanzhang is to stand trial, yet Li Wenzu has been placed under house arrest by national security since yesterday morning, and was not allowed to attend the trial of her own husband. The subversion charge on Wang Quanzhang and other arrestees in the 709 crackdown was absurd in the first place, and the continued control and harassment of the families is even more baseless. We hereby demand the Chinese government to:

1. Immediately and unconditionally release Wang Quanzhang, Zhou Shifeng, Wu Shigen, Wu Gan and Yu Wensheng;
2. Held those law enforcers who have abuse the 709 arrestees accountable;
3. Provide appropriate remedy and relief for the violations of rights suffered by Wang Quanzhang and the 709 arrestees;
4. Stop all form of harassment against Li Wenzu and their child;
5. Abolish the crimes of “Subversion of State Power” and “Inciting Subversion of State Power”

At the same time, we call on international community, the public and the media to continue to pay close attention to the Chinese authorities’ persecution of the civil society, rights lawyers and activists; only by standing together can we stop the ever worsening human rights crisis in China.

Signatories (in alphabetical order):
China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group
Civic Party
Friends of Conscience
Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China
League of Social Democrats
New School for Democracy

26 December 2018

( 香港市民支援愛國民主運動聯合會 Hong Kong Alliance Facebook, 26/12/18)