Daily Archives: 17/11/2021

Egypt: Egyptian ex-lawmaker and journalists get prison sentences

17/11/21

An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced a prominent human rights lawyer to five years in prison for his conviction on charges that rights advocates have decried as baseless and politically motivated.

The Misdemeanors State Security Emergency Court in Cairo found Zyad el-Elaimy, a former lawmaker, guilty of conspiring to commit crimes with an outlawed group. That’s a reference to the Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt has banned as a terrorist organization.

The court also sentenced journalists Hossam Monis and Hisham Fouad to four years in prison on the same charges. Two other defendants got three-year sentences. All were fined 500 Egyptian pounds (around $32).

Defense lawyer Khalid Ali said Wednesday’s verdict is not subject to appeal before civilian courts because it was issued by an emergency court. He said the defense would file an appeal to a military court.

The global rights watchdog Amnesty International condemned the charges against the defendants, saying they stemmed from “their peaceful political activities.” It called for President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi to quash the sentences and release them.

“These politicians and activists should never have been arrested in the first place and yet they have been convicted and sentenced to prison on charges related to their legitimate criticism of the Egyptian authorities,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty’s regional research and advocacy director.

The convicted men were arrested in June 2019 after they met with political parties and opposition lawmakers to hash out how to run in the 2020 parliamentary elections.

In March 2020, a court sentenced el-Elaimy to a year in prison after it found him guilty of “deliberately spreading fake news.”

El-Elaimy was added by a court in 2020 to a list of suspected terrorists for the next five years, a decision upheld by the Court of Cassation — Egypt’s highest criminal court.

A vocal critic of the government, el-Elaimy is a leading activist in the secular Egyptian Social Democratic Party. He served as a member of parliament after the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat President Hosni Mubarak.

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https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-africa-religion-egypt-cairo-820d9bdbd57f31cc562c4c9ba62f6523

https://www.chron.com/news/article/Egyptian-ex-lawmaker-and-journalists-get-prison-16628020.php

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India: Bar Association member attacked, all Lawyers in City boycott Court work

17/11/21

On Monday, all Advocates in Nagpur abstained from Court work to protest the assault on Yavatmal District Bar Association member Harshavardhan Deshmukh & demanded immediate action against the culprit.

According to sources, the attack took place on Arni road when Deshmukh was going in his car to attend some work on Sunday when one Kunal Sapre, also driving a four-wheeler, allegedly came from behind & forced the lawyer to stop the vehicle. As soon as the car stopped, Sapre came to Deshmukh’s car & allegedly began abusing him. He also smashed the car window with an iron rod, hit Deshmukh & fled the scene. Deshmukh sustained injuries & has been admitted to a private hospital.

An FIR was lodged in Awadhootwadi police station & the cops have registered an offence under sections 307, 341, 294, 506 of the Indian Penal Code against Sapre, but no arrest was made.

Later, a delegation led by Yavatmal District Bar Association president Jitendra Baradkar, secretary Amit Badnore & others submitted a memorandum to collector & superintendent of police urging them to arrest the culprit immediately.

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https://www.latestlaws.com/latest-news/bar-association-member-attacked-all-lawyers-in-city-boycott-court-work-179273/

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/lawyer-attacked-bar-members-boycott-court-work/articleshow/87746486.cms

Mexico: Lawyer kidnapped at 12 noon in front of Tijuana court

15/11/21

Abogada fue secuestrada en un juzgado en México, todo quedó grabado

The entire action was filmed by witnesses who thought it was a family dispute

On November 3 at 12 noon, two armed men in a SUV with California plates broke into Tijuana’s Civil Courts and kidnapped a lawyer in front of the building. The courts are guarded by armed security men from a private company. The two men easily reached the building’s entrance, grabbed the woman by the arm, and pushed her out towards their car.

The entire action was filmed by witnesses who thought it was a family dispute, but after watching the violence against the female lawyer they tried to intervene. Then the suspects showed their guns to threaten witnesses and lawyers there.

The city courts are located in 20 de Noviembre neighborhood right next to La Via Rapida, the main highway in the city. The scene is two miles from the financial zone, considered Tijuana’s golden area of security. No public authority showed up in front of the courts, but the police department began a search of the area to find her.

Two hours after the abduction, the lawyer – identified as Monserrat Alvarez – was found by state security agents and escorted to the Prosecutors Office, which took control of the case.

The next day, the president of the Tijuana Bar Association, Catalina Salas Bravo, pointed out during a press conference the seriousness this event represents. It took place in the Civil Courts, where citizens should be getting justice.

“We got information that confirms the existence of metal detectors in the court that don’t work. There’s disarmed security guards… where is our safety there?”

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https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2021/nov/15/stringers-lawyer-kidnapped-12-noon-tijuana/

https://laverdadnoticias.com/crimen/Abogada-fue-secuestrada-en-un-juzgado-en-Baja-California-todo-quedo-grabado–20211104-0109.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.jornada.com.mx/notas/2021/11/04/estados/tijuana-secuestran-a-abogada-en-juzgado-luego-la-liberan/

http://www.afntijuana.info/informacion_general/122883_liberan_a_abogada_por_el_mercado_de_abastos