Daily Archives: 01/02/2019

Lebanon: Face à la mobilisation massive des avocats, un officier de l’armée fait machine arrière

le 31 janvier, 2019

Plus de 200 hommes de loi désirant défendre leur confrère étaient présents à l’audience tenue par le juge pénal unique de Beyrouth.

Quelque 200 avocats étaient mobilisés aujourd'hui au Palais de justice de Beyrouth pour défendre leur confrère attaqué en justice par un officier de l'armée.

La solidarité massive des avocats avec leur confrère Fadi Kahil face à ce qu’ils considèrent comme une atteinte à sa dignité et une offense de ses droits aura porté ses fruits. L’officier de l’armée Fadi Kebbé, qui avait intenté en août dernier une action en diffamation contre M. Kahil, s’est désisté de son droit d’agir, lors d’une audience prévue jeudi au Palais de justice de Beyrouth, pour entendre l’accusé.

M. Kebbé avait porté plainte contre l’avocat pour avoir publié le 11 juillet 2018 un commentaire sur Facebook fustigeant sans les nommer l’officier et son frère -qui l’avaient frappé la veille, lors d’une dispute sur une priorité de passage- et critiquant avec violence « la situation délétère du pays au plan de la corruption et de la sécurité ». Cette plainte avait été rendue possible après que le conseil de l’ordre des avocats de Beyrouth eut estimé que l’incident était survenu en dehors du cadre de l’exercice de la profession.

L’information avait suscité l’indignation de très nombreux avocats, dont 337 se sont portés volontaires pour défendre leur confrère, une mobilisation sans précédent.

Dès 8h30, dans la salle des pas perdus, des dizaines d’hommes et femmes en robe ont afflué vers la salle consacrée aux affaires pénales, alors que l’audience n’était prévue qu’une heure plus tard. Lorsque le juge pénal unique, Bassem Takieddine, a ouvert l’audience, plus de 200 avocats parmi les 337 ayant une procuration de M. Kahil se pressaient à l’intérieur de la salle, et même au dehors. Devant les parties au procès quasiment submergées par la foule, le juge a proposé aux avocats menés par les anciens bâtonniers Issam Karam et Nohad Jabre et des membres du conseil de l’ordre, notamment Aziz Torbey et Imad Martinos, de se faire représenter par quelques-uns seulement, à charge pour les autres de se retirer de la salle.

https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1155302/face-a-la-mobilisation-massive-des-avocats-un-officier-de-larmee-fait-machine-arriere.html?fbclid=IwAR0KFL6ph0BmdMLvUnJJTry6h9yM56QKo0m7djBzBb_LxYDmQJaqHQP4bLk

https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1155218/un-avocat-accuse-davoir-diffame-deux-officiers-et-larmee-entendu-aujourdhui.html

https://www.imlebanon.org/2019/01/31/fadi-kahil/ (ARABIC)

Belgium: Lawyer in Jewish museum murder trial defiant after fake gun ‘threats’ (lead)

February 1, 2019

A court sketch made on January 22, 2019 at the Brussels Justice Palace, shows people watching video images during the trial of French jihadist Mehdi Nemmouche, accused of shooting four people dead at a Jewish museum in Brussels on May 24, 2014, allegedly the first Syria jihad veteran to stage a terror attack in Europe. (Igor Preys/BELGA/AFP)

A lawyer for a survivor of the Brussels Jewish museum attack said Wednesday he found a fake rifle in his office after a burglary, denouncing a climate of “fear” and “threats” he would defy.

 

Lawyer Vincent Lurquin reported his laptop and two files — including one dealing with the deadly anti-Semitic gun attack in May 2014 — were missing from his Brussels office.

“The plaintiff also found on his desk a baseball bat and a replica of a Kalashnikov-type weapon,” the Brussels prosecutors’ office said.

“Advised of the facts, the Brussels prosecutors’ office immediately opened an investigation for burglary and threats using symbols.”

Frenchman Mehdi Nemmouche, 33, is on trial in Brussels charged with shooting dead four people at the museum with a pistol and a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

Lurquin, lawyer for survivor Clara Billeke Villalobos, an 81-year-old Chilean artist, said he would not be intimidated.

“Those who want to frighten us will not succeed,” Lurquin told Belgian media.

“We will continue to help (jurors) judge without hatred, without fear. With the threats that may be sent to us, we will not yield to blackmail,” the lawyer said.

“This is also part of the job of being a lawyer,” Lurquin added.

https://www.expatica.com/be/lawyer-in-jewish-museum-murder-trial-defiant-after-fake-gun-threats-lead/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47057622

https://www.timesofisrael.com/lawyer-for-victim-in-belgian-jewish-museum-terror-attack-threatened/

https://plus.lesoir.be/203781/article/2019-01-30/kalachnikov-factice-et-batte-de-baseball-les-menaces-recues-par-un-des-avocats (FRANCAIS)

https://www.sudinfo.be/id99099/article/2019-01-30/le-dossier-nemmouche-vole-chez-lavocat-vincent-lurquin-et-remplace-par-une (FRANCAIS)

https://www.tdg.ch/monde/Nemmouche-evoque-un-pseudoattentat/story/29300640 (FRANCAIS)

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

https://www.hln.be/nieuws/binnenland/dossier-van-mehdi-nemmouche-gestolen-uit-advocatenkantoor-dieven-laten-baseballknuppel-en-valse-kalasjnikov-achter~aca5bee0/?referer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F (VLAAMS)

https://www.demorgen.be/binnenland/inbraak-en-achtergelaten-kalasjnikov-en-knuppel-overschaduwt-proces-nemmouche-b7d18617/?referer=https://www.google.com/ (VLAAMS)

China: China’s attack on human rights and the rule of law continues

January 31, 2019

ON JULY 9, 2015, China launched its war on lawyers. Over the course of a few weeks, some 300 lawyers, legal assistants and other advocates for the rule of law were rounded up. One of the most prominent, Wang Quanzhang, disappeared into secret detention on Aug. 3, 2015; after being held incommunicado for nearly 3½ years, he was the last to go on trial. On Monday, he was sentenced to 4½ years in prison on charges of subversion, putting a punctuation mark on one of the principal means of repression used by President Xi Jinping to consolidate power.

Since taking office six years ago, Mr. Xi has employed corruption investigations to purge rivals in the Communist Party; stepped up censorship of social media; and conducted a massive campaign against Muslims in the Xinjiang region, hundreds of thousands of whom have been confined to concentration camps and forced to undergo “reeducation.” Meanwhile, he has sought to stifle dissent by targeting the lawyers who defend human rights activists and religious believers or bring cases against local authorities for corruption.

Most of the lawyers and activists detained in what became known (for its July 9 date) as the 709 campaign were held for a few weeks; a number were later stripped of their licenses or driven out of business. But at least four besides Mr. Wang have been sentenced to prison. In August 2016, lawyer Zhou Shifeng and activist Hu Shigen were given terms of seven and 7½ years, respectively; in November 2017, lawyer Jiang Tianyong was sentenced to two years. The next month, human rights activist Wu Gan was handed an eight-year term.

Mr. Wang’s trial may have come last because of his refusal to buckle under pressure — including, according to his wife, physical torture. While some lawyers signed confessions or publicly confessed to plotting against the government, Mr. Wang resisted to the end. When his closed trial was held on Dec. 26, he threw a wrench into the proceedings by firing his government-appointed lawyer.

His wife, Li Wenzu, bravely advocated on his behalf, speaking out about his treatment and shaving her head in protest of judges’ refusal to uphold Mr. Wang’s rights under Chinese law.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/chinas-attack-on-human-rights-and-the-rule-of-law-continues/2019/01/31/305067ee-2410-11e9-90cd-dedb0c92dc17_story.html?utm_term=.81e93c8b523d

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/jailing-reaction-01302019114154.html

https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/home-affairs/human-rights/press-release/bar-council/101522/bar-council-expresses-grave

https://www.newkerala.com/news/read/95980/usa-slams-china-over-wang-quanzhangs-sentencing.html

https://www.icj.org/hrc40china/?fbclid=IwAR2BkxuPBA6MYp9E0MMuxp34wcxareOaLKEOUvAHCDYroVl4Si-n-I7OY7I

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

https://www.actuall.com/criterio/democracia/a-prision-por-defender-los-derechos-humanos/ (ESPANOL)

http://lepersoneeladignita.corriere.it/2019/01/31/cina-la-settimana-dei-processi-al-dissenso/ (ITALIANO)

USA: No criminal charges for ICE agent accused of shoving Kansas City immigration lawyer

January 31, 2019

Image result for Lawyer Andrea Martinez

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement official who was videotaped shoving a Kansas City attorney to the ground last year won’t face criminal charges, the U.S. attorney said Thursday.

Lawyer Andrea Martinez said she suffered a fractured foot in the incident last June at an ICE office on North Ambassador Drive in Kansas City, North.

When asked for comment about the announcement Thursday, Martinez said in an email, “we are not releasing a press statement at this time.”

Martinez filed a complaint alleging unlawful use of force on the part of the official, Everett Chase. Her complaint was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General.

https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article225353055.html

https://www.bnd.com/news/state/missouri/article225372855.html

https://wgem.com/2019/01/31/no-charges-against-ice-agent-in-confrontation-with-lawyer/

Sudan: 30 more lawyers arrested

January 31, 2019

Sati Alhaj

http://www.africanews.com/2019/01/30/sudan-arrests-top-female-opposition-chief-academics-call-protests//

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47075513

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/02/01/sudans-game-catch-and-release

https://www.journaldutchad.com/soudan-28-medecins-toujours-en-detention-suite-a-une-vague-de-protestations/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20190131-soudan-avoir-tentative-sauver-regime-ecartant-president (FRANCAIS)

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