Daily Archives: 31/07/2019

Israel/Palestine: Israel sentences prisoners’ lawyer to 13 years behind bars

July 31, 2019

Tariq Barghouth, a prominent lawyer known for defending Palestinian prisoners held by Israel [Stand with Gaza/Twitter]

An Israeli court sentenced the lawyer of the PLO’s Prisoners’ Committee to 13 years, six months in prison on Tuesday, Quds Press has reported. Tariq Barghouth was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces on 27 February this year before undergoing harsh interrogation.

To put pressure on him in order to give what are said to be false confessions, the Israelis also arrested his wife and sister. The two women were released later.

Barghouth is one of the most prominent lawyers known for defending Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. He is currently in Nafha Prison in the south of Israel.

Israel sentences prisoners’ lawyer to 13 years behind bars

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/israeli-court-jails-prisoners-lawyer-for-13-years/1545025

Israeli military court tortures and sentences Palestinian lawyer to over 13 years in jail

http://www.tellerreport.com/news/–israeli-raids-on-gaza-and-arrests-in-the-west-bank-and-jerusalem-.SkKwgrr8V.html

IOF kidnapped Lawyer Tareq Barghouth In Jerusalem

The Philippines: Seek police help, lawyers with death threats told

July 31, 2019

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Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde yesterday urged lawyers who are receiving death threats to seek police assistance.

“Kung meron po silang nakikita o natatanggap na mga death threats sabihin kaagad sa ating kapulisan,” Albayalde told reporters on the sidelines of a demolition of a police community precinct in San Juan City.

He said threats documented on police blotter would help probers identify the perpetrators.

“Kung merong silang pinaghihinalaan na tao, we can conduct profiling,” Albayalde said.

Two lawyers were killed in Bukidnon and Negros Oriental recently.

Nicolas Gomez Jr., 67, was about to enter a bakeshop in Barangay Poblacion, Valencia City when he was shot by motorcycle-riding men on Sunday.

Col. Roel Lami-ing, Bukidnon police chief, said they have several persons of interest in the case, but refused to give details.

Lami-ing had earlier said probers are looking at a land dispute as the motive for the killing.

“We are still conducting a case buildup,” he said.

Last week, lawyer Anthony Trinidad was shot dead after attending a hearing in Guihulngan City.

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2019/07/31/1939268/seek-police-help-lawyers-death-threats-told

https://www.philstar.com/opinion/2019/07/31/1939333/editorial-negros-killing-fields

Negros Oriental police provincial director sacked over spate of killings 

https://www.france24.com/en/20190730-more-160-land-defenders-murdered-2018-watchdog

End of killings urged as PH turns deadliest for environmental defenders

Policemen face raps for lawyer’s ambush

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/01/19/chr-quells-martial-law-talk-in-negros-oriental-due-to-slays

Campaign of annihilation

https://www.rappler.com/nation/236870-kin-slain-lawyer-negros-oriental-condemns-red-tagging

De Lima ‘Tweets’ Senate To Probe Lawyers’ Killings

#StopTheAttacks

#StopTheKillings

#DefendTheDefenders

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Simula nang maupo si Ginoong Duterte noong 2016, aabot na sa 41 ang bilang ng mga hukom, prosecutor at abogado ang pinaslang. Ayon ito sa datos ng National Union of People’s Lawyers nitong Hulyo 2019.

Panahon na upang imbestigahan ang patuloy na pag-target sa mga kasamahan natin sa propesyong legal. Kaya inihain po natin ang Senate Resolution (SR) No. 33 upang masusing siyasatin ang nakababahalang serye ng pagpatay sa ating mga kapwa abogado at nasa sektor ng katarungan.

(Leila de Lima Facebook, 02/08/19)

Australia/Timor Leste: Lawyer on spy charge demands day in court

July 30, 2019

Witness K's lawyer and co-accused Bernard Collaery. Picture: Jamila Toderas

A Canberra lawyer who helped blow the whistle on Australia spying on East Timor has demanded his case be heard in the Supreme Court, which could split his case off from a former intelligence officer.
Bernard Collaery and a former spy known as Witness K are jointly accused of revealing information about Australia bugging East Timor’s cabinet rooms in 2004.
The bugging took place during negotiations over a gas and oil treaty.
In a move which could split the accused pair, Mr Collaery’s lawyer told Canberra Magistrates Court his client wanted to be indicted to the Supreme Court.
But Witness K would prefer the matter to remain with the ACT Magistrates Court, his lawyer, Robert Richter QC, told the court on Tuesday.
Charged in June 2018, the case has languished in the lower court as both defence teams wrangle with the Commonwealth over a set of orders controlling what information can be revealed during the trial.

https://www.9news.com.au/national/lawyer-on-spy-charge-wants-day-in-court/830c058c-2546-4596-bdf3-ca4570113f6d

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6300134/former-spy-witness-k-and-his-lawyer-could-face-split-hearings-court-hears/

https://www.news.com.au/video/id-5348771529001-6065457119001/raw-bernard-collaery-leaving-act-magistrates-court

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/raw-bernard-collaery-leaving-act-magistrates-court/video/467931cbc4233550a5adec3f76d053b1

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

http://mietspiegelnews.com/wirtschaft/Australien-billigt-Vertrag-mit-Ost-Timor-uber-gas-Lizenzgebuhren-h28458.html (DEUTSCH)

Algeria: Pétition de soutien à Salah Dabouz, en grève de la faim depuis 23 jours

le 30 juillet, 2019

Salah Dabouz lors d'une manifestation des avocats

Me Salah Dabouz, avocat défenseur droits humains, est en grève de la faim illimitée depuis le 8 juillet dernier. A travers son action, Me Dabouz dénonce l’harcèlement judiciaire qui le cible personnellement ainsi que  beaucoup de militants de la vallée du M’zab. Cet acharnement de la justice de Ghardaïa a déjà fait plusieurs victimes dont  Dr Kamel-Eddine Fekhar, décédé en détention le 28 mai 2019, après une tragique grève de la faim et le syndicaliste Hadj-Brahim Aouf, son codétenu, qui a quitté la prison avec une santé gravement dégradée et qui est actuellement suspendu de son travail pour ses activités militantes. Mais nous ne pouvons citer ces deux cas sans rappeler celui du plus ancien détenu politique en Algérie, Mohamed Baba-Nadjar, condamné à la perpétuité dans un procès expéditif et pour un crime qu’il n’a pas commis. Ce dernier croupit en prison depuis plus d’une quinzaine d’années. L’avocat Salah Dabouz a été soumis à un contrôle judiciaire bien singulier pendant plusieurs mois alors qu’il réside et exerce son métier d’avocat à Alger. Il a été obligé par la justice de Ghardaïa à  faire trois fois par semaine plus de 600 km aller-retour afin de signer sa présence. Alors que cette dernière lui a été levée grâce à la solidarité de toutes et de tous, Me Salah Dabouz a déclaré qu’il ne comptait pas mettre fin à son action.

Il exige le départ du procureur général près la cour de Ghardaïa, Mohamed Bensalem, qui a violé, selon lui, l’avis 34/2017 ordonnant de ne plus interpeller Dr Fekhar pour les mêmes raisons et qui a produit un communiqué contenant des propos racistes prouvant, selon Me Dabouz, qu’il considère les mozabites comme des citoyens «non honorables». Me Dabouz exige aussi le départ du juge d’instruction qui a ordonné la mise en détention de Dr Fekhar sans consulter son dossier et qui a avoué avoir travaillé sous la pression d’un cadre du ministère de la justice, du directeur de la prison qui a enfermé Dr Fekhar dans des toilettes pendant 28 jours et du directeur de l’hôpital qui a refusé de le soigner alors qu’il souffrait d’une hépatite C.

https://www.elwatan.com/edition/actualite/solidarite-avec-me-salah-dabouz-en-greve-de-la-faim-illimitee-depuis-23-jours-31-07-2019

https://www.liberte-algerie.com/actualite/la-solidarite-sorganise-autour-de-me-dabouz-321091

Maître Salah Dabouz : «Quand on a un pays à sauver, on ne fait pas de sieste»

La fin du contrôle judiciaire à l’encontre de Me Salah Dabouz mais l’avocat poursuit sa grève de la faim

https://www.facebook.com/events/1187100651413743/

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manifestations_de_2019_en_Alg%C3%A9rie

#SalahDabouz

#Salah_Dabouz

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Le Watan, 31/07/19

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Cameroon: Case against detained Ambazonia leaders adjourned to August 5

July 30, 2019

The case against the ten detained separatist leaders standing trial at the Yaounde military tribunal has been adjourned to August 5.

The detainees were brought to court on Monday July 5 under uncertainty as the whereabouts of several anglophone detainees extracted from the Kondengui central prison remain unknown.

Yesteryday’s hearing was equally an opportunity for lawyers of the defense to protest against the manhandling of one of theirs, Barrister Amungwa last week by some uniform men.

However, after hours of debate, the matter was adjourned to August 5 pending verdicts of other appeals filed by the defense team at the various higher jurisdictions.

Cameroon: Case against detained Ambazonia leaders adjourned to August 5

Gendarmes in Yaounde mercilessly torture lawyer defending Sisiku Ayuk and Co.