Daily Archives: 25/09/2019

Russia: The Russian Federation: the ICJ calls for an end to intimidation and prosecution of lawyers

September 24, 2019

Scandal evolves as lawyer suggests legalizing Sharia courts in Russia

The ICJ today called for an end to criminal proceedings against Dagir Hasavov, a prominent Russian lawyer facing prosecution on allegations of obstruction of justice.

On 17 September, less than a week after lawyer Dmitriy Sotnikov was physically attacked in court, Dagir Hasavov was detained by police in the Lefortovo court building in Moscow. He was charged with “obstruction of justice” and “bribery or coercion to testify or evasion of giving evidence” (articles 294.1 and 309.4 of the Russian Criminal Code).  On 18 September, Moscow Basmanny court authorised the detention of Hasavov until 16 November.

“There are strong indications that these charges are spurious and that the arrest of Dagir Hasavov is an attempt to obstruct him in carrying out his professional duties, and to prevent his clients from having a fair trial. The proceedings should be discontinued and he should be immediately released.” said Róisín Pillay, ICJ Europe and Central Asia Programme Director.  “Such arrests also send a clear message of intimidation to other lawyers. Without urgent measures to end harassment of lawyers, the ability of the legal profession to protect human rights will be increasingly jeopardized”.

Dagir Khasavov represented the former Dagestan Prime Minister Abdusamad Hamidov, who was detained together with his deputy Rayudin Yusufov by the FSB in February 2018 as part of a special anti-corruption operation and was charged with multiple criminal offences, including embezzlement.

The Russian Federation: the ICJ calls for an end to intimidation and prosecution of lawyers


The Russian Federation: use of physical force against lawyer must be investigated

India/Jammu & Kashmir: Crackdown on lawyers narrows road to justice in Kashmir

September 25, 2019

Lawyers go on strike after security forces arrest senior advocates amid unprecedented lockdown imposed on August 5.

Crackdown on lawyers narrows road to justice in Kashmir

For nearly a month, Shafia Ganai, a softly-spoken 19-year-old undergraduate student of sociology in northern Kashmir’s Bandipora, has visited the police station every day.

“The security forces took my brother Mohsin, a quarry worker, in a raid on our neighbourhood on August 16,” she said. “When I go to the station, the police ask me to come the next day, that they will release him in one or two days. But 27 days have gone past like this.

“I checked many times with the duty officer, who records the daily entries in the station. He says there is no first information report (police complaint) registered against my brother,” she told Al Jazeera.

The absence of any order for his detention makes it impossible for the family to pursue a legal case against the police or to secure Mohsin’s freedom, she said.

Police in Indian-administered Kashmir have detained more than 3,000 people and arrested over 300 after the government led by Hindu nationalist party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, stripped the region of its relative autonomy on August 5.

Those arrested include senior lawyers, making people’s legal fights difficult.

Among the first arrested after the government lockdown in the Kashmir Valley were senior functionaries of the High Court Bar Association of Jammu and Kashmir, a professional association of lawyers based in Srinagar, the main city of the Muslim-majority region.

The police arrested its president, Mian Abdul Qayoom, and its former president, Nazir Ahmad Ronga. Both are being held in prisons in the state of Uttar Pradesh, 1,000km (620 miles) away.

They were booked under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (or PSA), under which people can be jailed for up to two years without trial.




Azerbaijan: Afgan Mukhtarli goes on hunger strike over ‘mistreatment’ of his lawyer

September 23, 2019

Imprisoned journalist Afgan Mukhtarli has gone on hunger strike in Azerbaijan and stopped taking his medication in protest against his the ‘mistreatment’ of his lawyer at the hands of prison officials.

Mukhtarli, who is serving six years in prison on charges rights groups insist are trumped-up, began his hunger strike on Sunday in protest against the alleged mistreatment of his lawyer, Nemat Karimli, by the deputy chief of the prison.

According to his wife, Mukhtarli has type 2 diabetes and has refused to take his medication, increasing the risk of falling into a diabetic coma.

The news was spread on Facebook by social activist Samad Asadli, who also shared a statement from Mukhtarli.

‘I started my hunger strike to protest the arbitrariness and violence committed towards my lawyer on 20 September. The deputy chief [of the prison] Emin Eminaliyev is characterised by his cruelty towards political prisoners. Before that, he used violence against political prisoner Mammad Ibrahim. He is ruthless and cruel towards prisoners’, the statement read.

‘The complaints against him are not being investigated by the Prosecutor’s Office. I ask [President of Azerbaijan] Ilham Aliyev to objectively investigate what has happened’, he wrote.

‘Emin Eminaliyev and other [prison] officials using violence should be punished. The actions against lawyers are aimed at violating my rights, earlier, Nemet Karimli was suspended from legal services for one year. The present attacks took place after a meeting with European MPs Sunna Thorhildur and D Myatovich’, the statement concluded.

Afgan Mukhtarli goes on hunger strike over ‘mistreatment’ of his lawyer

Azerbaijani prisoner of conscience Afghan Mukhtarly goes on hunger strike



Azerbaijan: Human Rights lawyers Asabali Mustafayev and Nemat Karimli must be allowed to practice their profession

Argentina/Iran/Israel: Justin Webster Sheds Light on the Alberto Nisman Case in New Documentary Series

September 23, 2019


On Jan. 14, 2015 prosecutor Alberto Nisman went on TV to accuse Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of negotiating the impunity of Iranians accused of the Buenos Aires’ 1994 AMIA bombing, the biggest terrorist attack in the Western hemisphere before 9/11.

“There was an alliance with terrorists, negotiation with a state that bought the terrorists and the terrorists themselves,” said a dapper Nisman, in the interview which appears in the early stretch of Justin Webster’s deeply-caring, meticulous “The Prosecutor, the President and the Spy,” a six-hour doc series which world premiered Monday at Spain’s San Sebastian Film Festival.

Four days later, and on the eve of testifying in court, where he promised decisive proof of the collusion, Nisman was found dead in his bathroom with a single shot to the head. His death reverberated around the world.

Immediately, Kirchner is accused of ordering Nisman’s murder. She denounces the man described in “The Prosecutor” as Argentina’s Rasputin, the fearsome Antonio Horacio “Jaime” Stiuso, a spy with close links to the CIA and Mossad, of conspiring against her.

Produced by Barcelona’s Justin Webster Productions and Fasten Films, Berlin’s Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion and backed by Movistar+, ZDFinfo and DR,  “The Prosecutor, the President and the Spy” is “a story of ambition, corruption and espionage which unfolds, with rival narratives of good and evil, of suicide or murder, and of truth itself, around a body found in a bathroom, with enormous international resonance,” its makers say.

“The Prosecutor” will be “an earthquake” in Argentina, predicts San Sebastian Festival director José Luis Rebordinos.

It is also Webster’s most original and most ambitious series to date – building on “Death in Leon,” the Emmy-winning “Six Dreams” and HBO España’s “The Pioneer” – marking the full emergence of an auteur and the creative and industrial potential of a form of story-telling with which he admits he’s obsessed: Cinematic non-fiction series.

Justin Webster Sheds Light on the Alberto Nisman Case in New Documentary Series

Senate committee commemorates 25th anniversary of Jewish center bombing in Argentina



https://www.clarin.com/espectaculos/tv/caso-alberto-nisman-muerte-llego-festival-san-sebastian-serie-fiscal-presidenta-espia_0_bNSwCcNJ.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.elnuevodiario.com.ni/internacionales/501930-atentados-argentina-iran-impunidad/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.losandes.com.ar/article/view?slug=el-senado-no-quiere-tratar-el-pedido-de-desafuero-a-cristina (ESPANOL)

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

Cameroon: Grève des avocats : les premiers fruits sont effectifs

le 24 septembre, 2019

La semaine dernière, les avocats du Cameroun ont observé une cessation d’activités. L’opération palais de justice sans robe noire a connu des plus et obtenus des résultats concrets pour le bien des justiciables inculpés au Cameroun.

Le premier fruit du débrayage des avocats du barreau du Cameroun est cette décision prise par le Secrétariat d’Etat à la Défense. Un train de mesure important dont le but est de faciliter le travail des avocats dans ses services.

La première mesure consiste en la mise en place d’une plateforme de concertation avec des points focaux pour connaître en temps réel les incidents dans les gendarmeries. Une plateforme qui permettra aux avocats de relever et de traduire auprès de la hiérarchie de la gendarmerie nationale. Le plus ici, c’est la création de points focaux qui seront chargés d’assurer le bon fonctionnement du service de la défense par les spécialistes du droit. Seulement, il faudra savoir si le point focal sera un gendarme au-dessus du commandant de la brigade. Question de ne pas tuer dans l’œuf l’idée de a plateforme.

La deuxième mesure prise par le Secrétaire d’Etat à la Défense est la décision de permettre la participation des avocats à la formation des gendarmes cat é et 3. Ce qui sera un plus dans les acquis intellectuels des gendarmes. Une garanti pour un meilleur rapport professionnel entre les gendarmes et les avocats. La présence des avocats dans le cursus de formation des gendarmes apportera également un supplément psychologique intéressant dans les relations entre les deux forces. Ceci contribuera à familiariser les gendarmes et les avocats, ce qui pourra simplifier et apaiser les tensions entre les différents corps.





https://www.voanews.com/africa/cameroons-separatists-intensify-attacks-protest-dialogue (ENGLISH)

https://www.garda.com/crisis24/news-alerts/270031/cameroon-tensions-remain-high-in-anglophone-regions-september-24 (ENGLISH)

Nicaragua: Nicaragua arrests three suspects in weekend attack on bridge

September 24, 2019


Nicaraguan police have arrested three men on suspicion of planting explosives on a bridge leading to the country’s most important port that was damaged in a weekend blast, friends and relatives of the detainees said on Tuesday.

The bridge to Puerto Corinto in western Nicaragua suffered cracks in the Saturday evening attack, which came amid anti-government protests. The bridge has since been repaired, according to Reuters witnesses.

“My son was captured on Sunday at four in the afternoon,” Nubia Sandoval, the mother of one of the three suspects arrested, Douglas Villanueva, told Reuters.

Sandoval said her son had taken part in protests against the government, but denied he had anything to do with the attack.

The others arrested were Carlos Cardenas and Henry Lara, opposition activist lawyers from a political party in the nearby city of Chinandega, said Roberto Lira, a friend of Cardenas.

Cardenas was arrested on Monday, Lira said. He said neither Cardenas nor Lara were involved in the bridge attack.