Daily Archives: 27/07/2021

Nicaragua: The Dangerous Job of Defending Ortega’s Political Prisoners

26/07/21

Five of the political prisoners’ defense attorneys have fled the country, following an uptick in threats against them. They share fears of being accused of fabricated crimes.

“Carlos”, a Nicaraguan attorney, spent two weeks accompanying six journalists who were summoned to the Public Prosecutor’s Office for interrogation. This was in June, within the context of an investigation into alleged money laundering by the Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation.

As he attended these clients, his house began to be watched by a motorcyclist in civilian dress; later, a pick-up truck began coming around at night. His telephone rang with calls from unknown numbers – calls he didn’t answer, because he was sure he’d hear threats.

“I was walking out to a neighborhood store, and that motorcyclist followed me,” he says. In order to safeguard his family, he moved to another house, but he felt “it wasn’t enough”. The defense lawyer decided to go into exile.

“Carlos” is one of five Nicaraguan lawyers who recently fled the country. The wave of repression unleashed against members of the opposition reached him too. Like his clients, he faced growing persecution and threats, plus the ever-present risk of jail.

The lawyer, who’s using an assumed name for security reasons, wasn’t in charge of defending any of the latest 26 political prisoners. His role was limited to accompanying the journalists who’d been cited by the Prosecution, and offering them legal counsel.

Lawyers who spoke with Confidencial agreed that risks have multiplied for those who defend political cases in Nicaragua. In 2018 and 2019, there were some attorneys who went into exile after receiving general threats. However, the threats in this last period have been specific, with a more aggressive tone, one of the lawyers confided.

Another of the defenders, who also asked to remain anonymous, affirmed that attorneys face surveillance, harassment, and threats, with the risk of a criminal investigation always hanging over their heads.

“All of these – the persecution, siege and investigations – put the attorney in a vulnerable situation, at a disadvantage, and in danger for exercising their profession,” stated the lawyer, who had been in charge of political cases.

“There are no guarantees of respect for the right of the accused to a defense, nor are there any professional or personal guarantees,” he added.

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https://www.voanews.com/americas/nicaragua-arrests-7th-presidential-contender-ahead-november-vote

Brazil: NOTA DE REPÚDIO ÀS AGRESSÕES CONTRA ADVOGADO ORCELIO FERREIRA EM GOIÂNIA

26/07/21

A Associação Brasileira dos Advogados do Povo Gabriel Pimenta – ABRAPO repudia as covardes agressões da Polícia Militar do Estado de Goiás contra o Advogado Orcelio Ferreira Silverio Júnior, na manhã desta quarta-feira (dia 21 de julho de 2021). Mais uma vez se comprova o modus operandi da Polícia Militar, seja em Goiás ou em qualquer Estado do país, de uma ação extremamente violenta, covarde e injusta para com o povo, diferente da com as classes dominantes. Assim como, faz-se necessário denunciar e reafirmar o dissimulado discurso conciliador dos monopólios dos meios de comunicação, de que a Polícia Militar “é despreparada”, pois na verdade essa é a sua verdadeira prática desde sua origem, que corresponde à defesa deste Velho Estado defensor dos interesses da Grande Burguesia e dos Latifundiários.

            As agressões covardes contra o Advogado, em frente a um dos terminais mais movimentados de Goiânia, ocorreram quando passou a filmar Policiais Militares do GIRO que espancavam um vigia de carros. Em entrevista[1], Orcelio denuncia que foi abordado por um Soldado do GIRO afirmando que não poderia filmá-lo. Ao se manter firme em sua postura, o advogado passou a ser agredido e espancado pelo Tenente comandante da guarnição, conforme vídeos amplamente divulgados.

Além das agressões covardes em frente ao Terminal da Bíblia, o advogado relata que foi torturado pela Polícia Militar durante toda sua prisão, inclusive após passar pelo exame de Corpo de Delito, no IML. Mesmo após estar preso, foi agredido e torturado na frente de outros Policiais Civis, que nada fizeram para cessar a ação covarde. Pasmem, o advogado ainda foi acusado de cometer os crimes de Lesão Corporal Dolosa, Resistência, Desobediência e Desacato.

Por outro lado, o agressor, Tenente Gilberto Borges da Costa, foi qualificado como vítima pelo Delegado da Central de Flagrantes de Goiânia, acusando o Advogado de lhe ter agredido com socos, chutes e ponta pés, além de morder um de seus dedos. Os demais membros do GIRO, que seguraram e imobilizaram o advogado enquanto o Tenente o espancava, foram qualificados como testemunhas da agressão, em defesa do Policial.

Este fato revela que não se trata apenas de “despreparo” dos Policiais Militares envolvidos na ação, mas sim de uma verdadeira corporação preparada para mentir, forjar provas, agredir, espancar, torturar e matar o povo pobre e aqueles que ousar defender o povo! Se fizeram isso contra um advogado, na presença de dezenas de testemunhas e câmeras, imaginem o que fazem contra o povo da periferia e contra camponeses, sem a presença de testemunhas e câmeras para registrar a ação policial?

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NOTA DE REPÚDIO ÀS AGRESSÕES CONTRA ADVOGADO ORCELIO FERREIRA EM GOIÂNIA

https://jornaldaadvocacia.oabsp.org.br/noticias/nota-da-comissao-de-direitos-humanos-em-solidariedade-ao-advogado-orcelio-ferreira-silverio-junior-da-oab-go/

https://www.migalhas.com.br/quentes/348945/advogado-e-espancado-por-policiais-em-goias

http://www.mpf.mp.br/go/sala-de-imprensa/noticias-go/nota-publica-2013-mpf-go-manifesta-repudio-a-truculencia-na-abordagem-policial-ao-advogado-orcelio-ferreira-silverio-junior

“Eu vou colocar o meu terno e continuar a luta”, diz advogado agredido por policiais em Goiás

N.B. (ENGLISH)

The Brazilian Association of People’s Lawyers Gabriel Pimenta (ABRAPO) denounces the cowardly physical assaults of the Military Police of the State of Goiás against lawyer Orcelio Ferreira Silverio Júnior on July 21, 2021.

India: Lawyer killed in broad daylight in Ranchi

26/07/21

वकील मनाेज कुमार झा - Dainik Bhaskar

In another murder over a land dispute, a practising lawyer was killed by motorcycle-borne assailants in Radgaon area under Tamar police station here on Monday, police said. This is the second such murder in the state capital within a fortnight.

Police said the deceased, identified as Manoj Jha, was in his car with his driver around 500m from the busy National Highway-33 connecting Ranchi and Jamshedpur, when five assailants on two bikes opened fire at the lawyer.

“The deceased advocate was aged around 50. During initial investigation, it came to light that he was attacked when he was overseeing wall construction on a big plot which was disputed earlier. We have got some leads about people involved in the dispute. We have detained two persons and they are being questioned,” said Naushad Alam, superintendent of police, Ranchi (rural).

As per information, the lawyer was getting the work done on behalf of one of his clients, an educational institution, on the 14-acre plot. The assailants overpowered Jha’s driver on gunpoint and pumped several bullets before escaping.

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https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/ranchi-news/advocate-killed-in-broad-daylight-in-ranchi-101627314819160.html

https://www.barandbench.com/news/bci-7-member-committee-advocates-protection-bill

https://www.freepressjournal.in/analysis/new-law-will-protect-advocates-from-attacks-writes-olav-albuquerque

https://www.bhaskar.com/local/jharkhand/ranchi/news/ranchi-lawyer-killed-in-tamad-who-went-to-see-the-work-of-14-acres-of-land-of-saint-xavier-128745418.html (HINDI)