March 27, 2017
March 27, 2017
TWENTY-EIGHT shots were fired, eight hit their target and killed 49-year-old lawyer Manuelita “Mia” Mascariñas-Green the day after Valentine’s Day. Five bullets hit the lawyer’s neck and three her head. Green was driving home with her three young children and their yaya when they were attacked in broad daylight in Tagbilaran City, the capital of the province of Bohol. The killers got away by driving their motorcycles into a vehicle that was waiting near the crime scene.
Principal suspects Lloyd Lancer Gonzaga and Romarico Benigi-an, not hiding their faces, were identified by several witnesses. Gonzaga is the son-in-law of 52-year-old widow Conrada Otero-Blomqvist who had hired Green to handle her cases against Gonzaga. Blomqvist, her daughter and Gonzaga lived in Sweden until Blomqvist bought a 38-room resort in Brgy. Tawala, Panglao from Jovelyn Acebedo-Forsberg, her niece. Together, mother, daughter and son-in-law, were going to run the resort. In June 2015, using 20 armed men reportedly from Davao City, Gonzaga—who hails from Tagum City—took control of the resort and the Forsberg family was driven away (Bohol Chronicle).
In July 2016, Gonzaga evicted Blomqvist who then hired Green. According to Blomqvist, her niece had executed a power of attorney for the deed of sale in her favor but Gonzaga was now claiming Alona Embrace Hotel for himself. Blomqvist told Swedish news publication Expressen that she chose Green because the latter had a reputation for being loyal and for taking good care of her clients. They were like sisters, according to Blomqvist. Gonzaga and Blomqvist retained a Davao City-based lawyer when they were still on good terms. Mr. Forsberg, it turns out, still has legal rights over the resort and retains a lawyer.
March 27, 2017
Sydney academic Feng Chongyi posed for a photo at Guangzhou airport on Saturday afternoon, believing he was free to leave China after three days of police questioning.
The photo shows a beaming Professor Feng, from the Chinese studies department at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), flanked by his two lawyers, who wore more cautious expressions.
“He had spoken with the police and was under the impression it was OK to leave China,” says one of his lawyers, Chen Jingxue.
But it was not to be.
Less than an hour after that photo was taken Professor Feng was leaving the airport with his lawyers and heading back into the legal limbo he now finds himself.
On Saturday evening he was stopped from leaving the country by immigration officials for a second time and told only “people will be in contact with you”.
Professor Feng is now living out his own “hotel California” odyssey in China, as he is allowed to move freely around the southern city of Guangzhou, but can’t leave the country.
“The most frightening thing is that there are no clear rules to follow,” said his other lawyer Liu Hao.
His lawyers said Professor Feng met with the State Security Police again on Monday morning and they indicated there was little prospect of him leaving the country in the coming days.
March 26, 2017
Fears are growing for the welfare of a leading Sydney academic who has been blocked from taking a flight out of China for two days running.
Feng Chongyi, an associate professor of China studies at the University of Technology, Sydney, was prevented from boarding a plane at Guangzhou airport on Friday morning and again on Saturday night.
Two Chinese lawyers who are in contact with Dr Feng say he was advised verbally by security police that he was under suspicion of threatening state security.
He had not been shown any documentation before being stopped from leaving China, they said.
The lawyers said Dr Feng was at a Guangzhou hotel and had been told he was free to travel within China.
Dr Feng had been meeting Chinese human rights lawyers for his research before being “caught” in Guangzhou by the police.
March 26, 2017
A Chinese-born professor at an Australian university who has often criticized Beijing’s crackdown on political dissent has been barred from leaving China and is being questioned by state security officers as a suspected threat to national security, his lawyer said on Sunday.
The confinement of Feng Chongyi, an associate professor at the University of Technology Sydney, or U.T.S., unfolded over the weekend while China’s premier, Li Keqiang, visited Australia to promote deeper trade and diplomatic ties. Professor Feng’s case could cloud those ties.
The lawyer, Chen Jinxue, said Professor Feng had not been arrested or formally charged.
The professor has been staying in a hotel in Guangzhou, a city in southern China, and has been repeatedly questioned by national security officers after being stopped by entry-exit checkpoint officials on Friday and Saturday from taking flights back to Australia, Mr. Chen said from Guangzhou, where he was accompanying Professor Feng.
“He’s been told he’s suspected of involvement in a threat to national security,” Mr. Chen said by telephone, adding that Professor Feng declined to comment.
March 24, 2017
@ildubbionews published news of arrest of 84 lawyers in Istanbul
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