Daily Archives: 24/02/2021

Turkey: Detained over his post about AKP’s Zengin, lawyer arrested for ‘insulting President’

24/02/21

Mert Yaşar tutuklandı » İstanbul Takipte İstanbul Yerel Haber

Taken into custody over his social media message about AKP Group Deputy Chair Özlem Zengin, lawyer Mert Yaşar has been arrested on charge of “insulting the President.”

Lawyer Mert Yaşar has been arrested on charge of “insulting the President” shortly after he was taken into custody on the grounds of a social media post about ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Parliamentary Group Deputy Chair and Tokat MP Özlem Zengin.

Facing an investigation for “insulting the President” and “insulting a public official”, Yaşar gave his statement at the press prosecutor’s office.

As reported by the state-run Anadolu Agency (AA), Yaşar was first referred to the court with a request for his arrest. Appearing before the İstanbul Penal Judgeship of Peace on Duty, Yaşar has been arrested.

What happened?

Dismissing the allegations and criticisms about “strip search” in Turkey’s prisons, ruling AKP’s Parliamentary Group Deputy Chair and Tokat MP Özlem Zengin stated, “An honorable and moral woman would not wait for a year to announce it.” She also said later, “These people are now having a baby upon instruction, there are women with babies in prison.”

While these remarks sparked criticism on Twitter, lawyer Mert Yaşar was also among the ones who protested. Mentioning a tweet by Özlem Zengin, lawyer Yaşar tweeted, “If the Presidential cabinet is given the right of first night, will Özlem Zengin close her beak?”

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https://bianet.org/english/politics/239839-detained-over-his-post-about-akp-s-zengin-lawyer-arrested-for-insulting-president

https://bianet.org/bianet/siyaset/239834-ozlem-zengin-paylasimi-gozaltindaki-avukat-tutuklandi (TURKCE)

https://www.haberturk.com/mert-yasar-kimdir-mert-yasar-ne-is-yapiyor-2983534

https://www.cnnturk.com/video/turkiye/mert-yasar-cumhurbaskanina-hakaretten-tutuklandi

India: Miffed after losing case, 5 assault lawyer in Telangana; held

24/02/21

Narayanaguda police sent a team to Guntur in the girl missing case

As many as five persons were arrested by the Narayanaguda police for allegedly assaulting a practising advocate after he lost a case. 

As many as five persons were arrested by the Narayanaguda police for allegedly assaulting a practising advocate after he lost a case. The arrested persons were produced before the court for judicial remand. The incident took happened a couple of days ago, however, it came to light on Tuesday after police arrested the accused persons. 

Police said that a person named Jaswanth, resident of Himayatnagar had filed a land dispute case in the court and the opposite party lost the case. Irate over the court order, they had a heated argument with their lawyer. 

After a couple of days later, the accused persons detained the advocate at Himayathnagar and assaulted him stating that he lost the case in court due to the negligence of the advocate, who acted in favour of the opposite party and helped them win. It was also reported that the accused threatened the advocate with weapons. 

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https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2021/feb/24/miffed-after-losing-case-5-assault-lawyer-in-telangana-held-2268123.html

https://www.thehansindia.com/news/cities/hyderabad/hyderabad-unidentified-assailants-attack-lawyer-in-himayatnagar-673808

Indonesia/West Papua/Australia: Democratic struggle won’t end with ITE law revision, says Koman

24/02/21

Veronica Koman

It was September 2019, and exiled Indonesian human rights lawyer Veronica Koman was enjoying her final days in Australia. Her studies at the Australian National University in Canberra were almost over and all that was left was to wait for graduation day.

One afternoon, Koman’s mobile phone rang. There was an SMS message from a friend in Indonesia.

Her colleague informed her that the police had declared Koman a suspect.

Since August 17, 2019, the Papua issue had been heating up. Racist actions by rogue security personnel against Papuan students in the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya had triggered a wave of public anger.

Protest actions were held in several parts of the country, including in Papua. The government even cut internet access in Papua after several of the demonstrations ended in chaos.

In the mist of this critical situation, Koman was actively posting on Twitter, sharing information about the mass movement in Papua.

On September 4, Koman was officially declared a suspect. Police charged her under multiple articles, including the Information and Electronic Transaction (ITE) Law.

ITE law ‘is so rubbery’
Aside from the ITE Law, Koman was also indicted under Law Number 1/1946 on Criminal Regulations, Article 160 of the Criminal Code (KUHP) and Law Number 40/2008 on the Elimination of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination.

“I had thought about what articles would perhaps be used to criminalise me. I strongly suspected it would be the ITE. It turned out to be true, because the ITE is so rubbery,” explained Koman when contacted by CNN Indonesia.

Koman said that it was easy to use the ITE Law to criminalise people. Aside from the “rubber” (catchall) articles, the law does not require much evidence. A screen capture from the internet is enough, and the case can go ahead.

She believes there has been a tendency to use the ITE Law to silence activists over the last few years and she gave several examples of cases in Papua.

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https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2021/02/11/papuas-morning-star-in-australian-communities-notes-from-a-national-holiday-celebration.html

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/08/12/veronica-koman-pleads-for-justice-as-she-is-forced-to-return-state-sponsored-scholarship.html

https://chuffed.org/project/veronica-koman

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/veronica-koman

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

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/fr/profile/veronica-koman (FRANCAIS)

https://www.cnnindonesia.com/nasional/20200812084518-20-534733/veronica-koman-pembela-papua-yang-diminta-kembalikan-beasiwa (INDONESIAN)

https://nasional.tempo.co/read/1434878/veronica-koman-sebut-uu-ite-contoh-gagal-hukum-internet-di-dunia

https://www.law-justice.co/artikel/103475/pegiat-ham-veronica-koman–uu-ite-adalah-contoh-uu-yang-gagal/

Burma: Suu Kyi’s lawyer Khin Maung Zaw fears arrest

23/02/21

Khin Maung Zaw has been tasked with defending her from a pair of obscure charges for possessing unlicensed walkie-talkies and violating coronavirus restrictions

Staying in different lodgings each night to evade arrest, the lawyer representing Aung San Suu Kyi says her trial will help determine whether Myanmar’s people again become “slaves” of the military.

Soldiers raided the civilian leader’s residence and detained her in pre-dawn raids three weeks ago, effectively ending Myanmar’s 10-year experiment with democracy.

The new military regime has pledged to hold elections in a year, but for now the junta wields power over all the country’s political institutions — including its courts.

Khin Maung Zaw has been tasked with defending her from a pair of obscure charges for possessing unlicensed walkie-talkies and violating coronavirus restrictions.

“Myanmar is now at a crucial point of history,” the 73-year-old told AFP by phone from Naypyidaw, the country’s capital, while reflecting on weeks of nationwide protests demanding his client’s release.

“If we lose, we will become slaves of the military junta for 40 or 50 years. We have to win this battle.”

The junta has already taken action to purge the country’s top courts of potential Suu Kyi sympathisers, and Khin Maung Zaw’s brief is thoroughly stacked against him.

Despite several requests, he has still not been given permission to see his client ahead of her March 1 hearing.

“If I don’t get permission to meet with her for the hearing, I will let all the world know that the trial is not fair,” he said.

He has also stepped up his own safety precautions, due to “indirect pressures” passed onto him from relatives.

“At night, I have to stay away from my house and I have to stay in other people’s houses,” he told AFP.

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https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210223-suu-kyi-s-lawyer-soldiers-on-in-defence-of-democracy

https://amp.rfi.fr/en/suu-kyi-s-lawyer-soldiers-on-in-defence-of-democracy

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/g7-nations-02232021164731.html

https://www.lexpress.fr/actualites/1/monde/birmanie-l-avocat-d-aung-san-suu-kyi-en-mission-pour-la-defense-de-la-democratie_2145498.html (FRANCAIS)