Daily Archives: 03/08/2021

Tunisia: Levée des recherches contre Seif Eddine Makhlouf, Mehdi Zagrouba, Abdellatif Aloui et Mohamed Affes

02/08/21

Le juge d’instruction près du Tribunal militaire de première instance a décidé, lundi 2 août 2021, la Levée des recherches contre Seif Eddine Makhlouf, Mehdi Zagrouban, Nidhal Saoudi, Abdellatif Aloui et Mohamed Affes, et ce, jusqu’à l’achèvement des procédures judiciaires à leur encontre.

Notons que les députés Al Karama et l’avocat Mehdi Zagrouba sont impliqué dans l’affaire de l’aéroport, où ils sont intervenus pour faciliter le passage d’une citoyenne fichée S17.

https://www.businessnews.com.tn/levee-des-reeres-contre-seif-eddine-makhlouf-mehdi-zagrouba-abdellatif-aloui-et-mohamed-affes,520,110825,3

https://www.mosaiquefm.net/fr/actualite-national-tunisie/938995/annulation-du-mandat-d-amener-de-l-avocat-mehdi-zagrouba

https://www.tunisienumerique.com/tunisie-ordonnance-dabandon-de-poursuite-en-faveur-dun-avocat-et-de-4-deputes/

https://www.tunisienumerique.com/tunisie-samir-ben-amor-les-forces-securitaires-encerclent-le-tribunal-de-premiere-instance-de-tunis-audio/

https://ellyssanews.wordpress.com/2021/08/02/annulation-du-mandat-damener-de-lavocat-mehdi-zagrouba/

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/tunisia-coup-bar-association-under-siege-security-forces-seek-arrest-lawyer (ENGLISH)

https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20210801-security-forces-in-tunisia-arrest-two-mps-from-party-opposed-to-president-s-consolidation-of-power

A year after taboo on Thai king broken, 103 face jail for royal insult

03/08/21

Human rights lawyer Arnon Nampa arrested and charged | Front Line Defenders

In the year since making an unprecedented, taboo-breaking speech openly calling for discussion on the role of Thailand’s powerful king, human rights lawyer Arnon Nampa has spent months in jail, charged with the crime of defaming the monarchy.

He’s one of 103 people from Thailand’s youth-led anti-government protests now charged with insulting or threatening King Maha Vajiralongkorn or his immediate family, a crime punishable by up to 15 years’ imprisonment. Hundreds more face other criminal charges.

Arnon, 36, says he has no regrets and vows the prosecutions won’t crush the anti-government movement, which in recent weeks has been building again.

“I think it has been worthwhile. Now the society can move forward and people can talk about the monarchy,” Arnon told Reuters in an interview while awaiting trial. He denies any wrongdoing.

The king has traditionally been portrayed as above reproach in conservative Thai culture, and any criticism of the monarch – whom some have viewed as semi-divine – is taboo as well as illegal.

Arnon, however, says talking openly about the monarchy is necessary in the push for democratic reform and the ouster of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who first came to power in a 2014 coup and has long associated himself with loyalty to the king.

Government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri on Monday defended the criminal cases against protesters.

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Arnon, an adviser to the youth movement, faces 12 separate lese majeste cases and spent 113 days imprisoned before being released on bail in June.

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-protests/a-year-after-taboo-on-thai-king-broken-103-face-jail-for-royal-insult-idUSKBN2F4004

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4251379

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2151531/16-people-arrested-for-offences-at-sunday-protest

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

Three More Iranian Rights Attorneys Slapped with Unjust Prison Sentences

02/08/21

Three more human rights attorneys in Iran were handed unjust prison sentences in July 2021 amid an ongoing campaignto eliminate due process for activists and dissidents by intimidating the lawyers who defend them, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned.

At least four defense lawyers were imprisoned in the country on trumped-up charges as of August 2021 (Nasrin Sotoudeh, Mohammad Najafi, Soheila Hejab, and Giti Pourfazel), and at least two additional lawyers (Farzaneh Zilabi and Mohammad Hadi Erfanian-Kaseb) were prosecuted on false charges in June 2021.

Javad Alikordi, a defense attorney and law professor, was taken to Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad, northeastern Iran, on July 15, 2021, to begin serving a two-year prison sentence for running a Telegram messaging app social media channel.

Any peaceful action, including appearing in public without your headscarf if you are a woman, or promoting human rights as a defense attorney can be prosecuted as a national security crime in Iran, where the state is not only trying to eliminate all forms of dissent and criticism of its policies but also imprisons the lawyers who try to defend activists.

Alikordi, a former member of the City Council in Sabzevar, Khorasan Razavi Province, was arrested by Intelligence Ministry agents in Mashhad on April 22, 2020, and held in solitary confinement for more than a month.

He was tried at Branch 4 of the Revolutionary Court in Mashhad presided by Judge Mansouri [first name unknown] at an unknown date and convicted of “creating and managing a channel on Telegram (messaging app) with the intention of overthrowing the state” (6.5 years in prison), “insulting the supreme leader” (1.5 years), and “propaganda against the state” (eight months).

Upon appeal, his 6.5-year prison sentence for “creating and managing a channel on Telegram (messaging app) with the intention of overthrowing the state” was reduced to two years in prison, the length of time he must remain behind bars according to Article 134 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code.

Branch 37 of the Appeals Court in Khorasan Razavi Province meanwhile upheld other punishments against Alikordi, including a two-year ban on teaching, a two-year ban on traveling abroad, and a two-year ban on membership in political and social groups.  

Amirsalar Davoudianother defense attorney who was imprisoned for running a Telegram channel, learned that the Tehran Revolutionary Court re-issued a sentence of 30 years in prison and 111 lashes that was initially revoked by the Supreme Court.

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https://hana-hr.org/content/2021082-imprisonment-for-a-lawyer-charged-with-acting-against-the-islamic-republic-of-iran

https://iranhr.net/en/articles/4831/

https://protect-lawyers.org/en/item/mohammad-najafi-3/

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

https://www.dw.com/fa-ir/%D8%AD%DA%A9%D9%85-%DB%B3%DB%B0-%D8%B3%D8%A7%D9%84-%D8%B2%D9%86%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%85%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%B3%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%88%D8%AF%DB%8C-%D9%88%DA%A9%DB%8C%D9%84-%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AF%DA%AF%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%AA%D8%A3%DB%8C%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D8%B4%D8%AF/a-58723888 (FARSI)