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Spain: Spanish court accuses Puigdemont’s lawyer Boye of money laundering

October 21, 2019

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Spain’s National Audience has started an investigation against Gonzalo Boye, a lawyer known for his work defending Carles Puigdemont and Quim Torra. According to court sources, instructing judge María Tardón has charged him with alleged money laundering and summonsed him to testify this Wednesday, 23rd October, at 12pm local time, alongside two other people. Firstly, Spanish police searched his residence in Villaviciosa de Odón, near Madrid. Then they went to search his office in the Spanish capital itself.

The case is apparently unrelated to another search by Spanish police today, of the Catalan Association of Municipalities in Barcelona.

Spanish police started their search of Boye’s house first thing this Monday. At the same time, they searched two further property in the region, belonging to two alleged front men, as part of an investigation over money laundering linked to drug trafficking, according to police sources. Boye previously represented Sito Miñanco, an important Galician drug trafficker.

According to the police sources, Boye was present during the search. The two alleged front men were also in attendance at the other searches. Details of the case are currently under seal.

Agents of the UDEF (Economic and Fiscal Crime Unit) led the operation. The investigation is apparently entirely unrelated to Boye’s work defending Catalan president in exile Carles Puigdemont. The searches come eight days before Puigdemont is to appear before a Belgian court for the first hearing on the new European Arrest Warrant he faces.




Spanish police search house of Puigdemont's lawyer


https://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20191021/471112164119/gonzalo-boye-registran-casa-sito-minanco-carles-puigdemont-abogado-video-seo-ext.html (ESPANOL)

https://elpais.com/politica/2019/10/21/actualidad/1571641712_529190.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.moncloa.com/boye-abogado-puigdemont-minanco/ (ESPANOL)

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gonzalo_Boye (ESPANOL)

https://www.change.org/p/sergio-mattarella-presidente-della-repubblica-italiana-solidaridad-con-catalu%C3%B1a-por-el-derecho-a-la-autodeterminaci%C3%B3n-pac%C3%ADfica (FIRMA LA PETICION!)

Belgium: Le célèbre pénaliste Olivier Martins dans de sales draps : la justice veut son renvoi devant le tribunal !

le 15 octobre, 2019

Le réquisitoire du parquet de Bruxelles est fini et les chefs d’inculpation réclamés à l’encontre du pénaliste bruxellois sont solides !

La rumeur courait depuis plusieurs jours déjà dans les couloirs du palais de justice de Bruxelles. La DH en sait désormais plus : l’avocat Olivier Martins se trouve dans de sales draps. Selon nos informations, le parquet demande son renvoi devant le tribunal correctionnel pour plusieurs motifs. Toujours selon nos infos, le réquisitoire comporte trois chefs d’inculpation à l’encontre du célèbre pénaliste, déjà inculpé en 2017 comme membre d’une organisation criminelle. Trois nouveaux chefs d’inculpation sont désormais réclamés à son encontre. Selon nos infos, le parquet demande son renvoi au tribunal comme 1. Co-auteur de prise d’otage. 2. Membre d’une organisation criminelle en qualité de preneur de décision. 3. Co-auteur de tentative d’évasion qualifiée.

Le tout dans le cadre de la tentative d’évasion du baron franco-marocain de la drogue, Mohammed Benabdelhak, depuis la prison de Saint-Gilles. C’était le 13 avril 2014. Ce jour-là, une avocate française a rendez-vous avec le détenu surnommé Le Bombé dans le milieu criminel. Mais c’est un commando lourdement armé composé de quatre personnes qui débarque dans la prison bruxelloise, n’hésitant pas à ouvrir le feu, avant de prendre la fuite, ne parvenant pas à la cible. On parle alors d’une récompense de deux millions d’euros offerte à ceux qui parviendraient à faire évader le baron de la drogue.

En 2017, le pénaliste Olivier Martins est arrêté et inculpé comme membre d’une organisation criminelle dans ce dossier géré par le juge d’instruction Michel Claise. L’avocat passe alors une semaine en prison avant d’être remis en liberté sous conditions. L’enquête se poursuit et le rôle du célèbre pénaliste bruxellois se précise, avec la suite que l’on connaît désormais : trois chefs d’inculpation sont retenus à son encontre dans le réquisitoire du parquet de Bruxelles qui demande donc son renvoi au tribunal. Reste à la chambre du conseil de poursuivre ou non la demande du parquet de Bruxelles.


Le célèbre pénaliste Olivier Martins renvoyé devant le tribunal correctionnel


https://www.bruzz.be/justitie/brusselse-parket-wil-strafpleiter-olivier-martins-vervolgen-2019-10-15 (VLAAMS)

https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20191015_04664596 (VLAAMS)

https://www.news1.news/2019/10/the-famous-criminal-olivier-martins-in-dirty-clothes-the-justice-wants-his-return-to-the-court.html (ENGLISH)

The Netherlands: ‘We live in a narco-state’: murder of Dutch lawyer prompts fear and fury

September 19, 2019

Lawyers in gangland cases given emergency protection after unprecedented killing

Lawyers and prosecutors in major gangland drugs cases in the Netherlands have been given emergency protection after the unprecedented murder of a top defence lawyer prompted police and the media to claim that government naivety was turning the country into a narco-state.

Derk Wiersum was gunned down in the street as he left his home in the Amsterdam suburb of Buitenveldert on Wednesday morning. Police are searching for a 16- to 20-year old man in a black hooded top who fled the scene on foot.

Wiersum, 44, was acting for Nabil Bakkali, a crown witness in a case against 16 men accused of five murders between 2015 and 2017, whose brother was also shot dead last year shortly after authorities named Bakkali as a witness.

Dutch media compared Wiersum’s killing to the targeted Mafia assassinations of investigating magistrates in Italy in the 1990s or the lawless Colombia under the drugs baron Pablo Escobar.

Flags were at half-mast outside courtrooms across the Netherlands on Thursday and lawyers were to hold a minute’s silence as the justice minister, Ferd Grapperhaus, met officials from the public prosecutors’ office and representatives of Dutch lawyers’ associations to discuss the heightened security arrangements.






Netherlands: ICJ extremely concerned at killing of lawyer



L4L shocked by liquidation of lawyer

Derk Wiersum


https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2019/09/18/derk-zag-in-nabil-iemand-die-zijn-hulp-nodig-had-a3973880 (NEDERLANDS)

https://www.volkskrant.nl/nieuws-achtergrond/heeft-het-om-de-dreiging-voor-advocaat-derk-wiersum-onderschat~b1a928cb/ (NEDERLANDS)

https://www.courrierinternational.com/une/justice-emoi-aux-pays-bas-apres-lassassinat-dun-avocat-en-pleine-rue (FRANCAIS)

https://www.rtbf.be/info/societe/detail_les-avocats-belges-sont-ils-inquiets-pour-leur-securite-apres-le-meurtre-de-leur-confrere-neerlandais?id=10319646 (FRANCAIS)

Turkey/Belgium: Belgian-Turkish law student barred from leaving Turkey due to Facebook posts

August 27, 2019

A 27-year-old Belgian-Turkish law student is being held in Turkey where she was reportedly arrested more than a month ago over a series of years-old Facebook posts about the Kurds, The Brussels Times reported.

Dual national Gülsüm Çetinkaya was arrested while travelling with her Kurdish parents in Turkey in July, and her relatives worry that she may be held there longer.

She was checked at the border with Bulgaria and immediately detained, her uncle, filmmaker Bülent Öztürk, told Het Nieuwsblad.

Originally from Antwerp, Çetinkaya, who is studying law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), was recently released from the Turkish prison where she was held, thousands of kilometers from her family’s village, Öztürk told the outlet. But she is still not allowed to leave the country.

“She was in prison for 40 days,” her uncle said, adding that Çetinkaya had told him the cell she was kept in was “tiny” and unsanitary.

Foreign affairs authorities in Belgium are reportedly looking into the situation, but the government cannot interfere if a dual national is held in their second country, according to media reports.

Belgian-Turkish law student barred from leaving Turkey due to Facebook posts


Belgian-Turkish law student barred from leaving Turkey due to criminal charges

https://tr.euronews.com/2019/08/27/belcika-tatil-icin-gittigi-turkiye-den-cikamayan-gulsum-cetinkaya-icin-devrede (TURKCE)

https://www.sudinfo.be/id137600/article/2019-08-26/une-jeune-belge-de-27-ans-emprisonnee-durant-40-jours-en-turquie-cause-de (FRANCAIS)

https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20190825_04574621 (VLAAMS)

https://atv.be/nieuws/antwerpse-vrouw-in-turkse-cel-op-basis-van-facebook-berichten-van-5-jaar-geleden-83747 (VLAAMS)

China: “The Bravest Lawyer in China” – Gao Zhisheng

August 13, 2019

The first case was that of Cai Zhuohua, a pastor at a house church in Beijing who, together with members of his family, was arrested for operating an illegal business after printing multiple copies of the Bible. It was the first time I witnessed Gao’s grace and eloquence in court. The court disrespected the lawful right of Cai’s mother to observe the hearing, and Gao denounced the judge with fervent conviction. After that, Gao and I would often attend services at house churches in Beijing and he even got baptized later.

Another case we took on was the case of Shaanxi Oil. At the time, one of the lawyers on the case, Zhu Jiuhu, was arrested and imprisoned at the Shaanxi Yulin Detention Centre. We went to represent him and took pictures at the entrance before we left. Not long after, more than a dozen armed policemen rushed towards us and interrogated us for taking those pictures. They thought they could frighten us, but we were experienced in such interrogation and firmly rebutted them. After that, Gao lamented, “If this is how they treat lawyers in suits, can you imagine what they’d do to the people living around here?”

On the way back, we stopped by Gao’s home in Jiaxian and squatted in the courtyard eating noodles. I will never forget his cave home, his taciturn brother and the dry and barren land that surrounded us.

A coal miner turned lawyer

Gao Zhisheng came from humble beginnings. His father passed away when he was 11. At 16, he was admitted to a prestigious high school but had to drop out because he could not afford the tuition. Before he became a lawyer at 31, he worked a variety of jobs – he picked Chinese herbs in the mountains, worked as a coal miner, soldier and vegetable vendor, and labored in a cement factory. He experienced all kinds of hardships and had a deep understanding of inequality and injustices in China.

After becoming a lawyer, Gao set a few rules for himself. One was that a third of his cases had to be pro-bono lawsuits for low-income groups. He said: “I came from a poor family. I know how poor people feel so I know what I have to do … but helping others should not be an act of charity.”








https://www.amnesty.be/infos/nos-blogs/blog-paroles-de-chercheurs-de-defenseurs-et-de-victimes/gao-zhisheng-disparition?lang=fr (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.fr/liberte-d-expression/actualites/gao-zhisheng-est-un-eminent-avocat-specialise-dans (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gao_Zhisheng (FRANCAIS)

Iran: Join the global campaign to free Iranian human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh

July 19, 2019

Nasrin Sotoudeh

Prominent defender of women’s rights, Nasrin Sotoudeh, has been sentenced to seven years in prison by the Iranian justice system. Help us advocate for her freedom by signing our petition today.

A global campaign is pushing for the release of Iranian human right’s activist and lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is currently being punished by the legal system in Iran for stringently defending women’s rights.

Sotoudeh was arrested in June 2018, and has consequently been sentenced to seven years in jail by an Iranian court, having already spent three years behind bars.

In a letter penned to the public on Saturday, however, Sotoudeh’s husband, Reza Khandan, disclosed more information about her incarceration. Khandan revealed that seven indictments in total have been pronounced against his wife, which have totalled up to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes.

The 55 year-old lawyer has been a prominent human rights activist in Iran for years, after tirelessly defending several women who had protested against the mandatory wearing of the headscarf by appearing bareheaded in public.

Prior to her focus on women’s rights, Sotoudeh was imprisoned in Iran from 2010 to 2013, after defending protestors who had been arrested during the 2009 demonstrations against the contested reelection of ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The state put Sotoudeh behind bars in this case for allegedly ‘acting against national security’ and ‘propaganda against the regime’.

Join the global campaign to free Iranian human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh


Iranian political prisoners hunger strike in horrific condition


https://angers.maville.com/actu/actudet_-angers.-l-etape-angevine-en-soutien-a-l-avocate-iranienne_52728-3778216_actu.Htm (FRANCAIS)

https://www.libereznasrinsotoudeh.be/ (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasrin_Sotoudeh (FRANCAIS)

https://www.icaoviedo.es/Noticias/?codNoticia=3463 (ESPANOL)

https://www.ordineavvocaticagliari.it/docs/news_22_07_2019_23982.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1LLJy9a27NoCV3hqefkxS6s_ps87hlvvQrmetJgNB9FfgLQytmK5SBk1o (ITALIANO)


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Le Barreau des hautes alpes mobilisé pour soutenir,à l’occasion du passage du Tour de France notre consœur iranienne, condamnée par la justice de son pays à 38 années de prison et 148 coups de fouet pour avoir défendu la cause de femmes ayant refusé de porter le voile. La banderole « Nasrin free » fait actuellement le tour des Barreaux de France à l’instar des coureurs cyclistes

(Philippe Lecoyer Facebook, 23/07/19)

Turkey: Four More Lawyers from People’s Law Bureau Arrested

June 25, 2019

Attorneys Ebru Timtik, Ayşegül Çağatay, Görkem Ağdede, and Nadide Özdemir have been arrested after beign taken into custody on June 20.

The attorneys from the Contemporary Lawyers’ Association (ÇHD) and the People’s Law Bureau (HHB) and three other people who were detained on June 20 were brought to the İstanbul Courthouse this morning (June 25).

Attorney Timtik, who was sentenced to 13 years and 6 months in prison for “membership of a terrorist organization,” has been arrested and sent to jail.

CLICK – 18 Lawyers Sentenced to Prison for 159 Years, 1 Month, 30 Days in Total

Today, Timtik also gave a statement in another lawsuit that was filed against her for the same offense.

“There is already an unlawful verdict on me by the İstanbul 37th Heavy Penal Court but the judiciary, not abiding by its own verdicts, has opened a repeating investigation,” Timtik remarked.


Factsheet on Turkey’s state of emergency dismissals

Report on criminal liabilities with regard to torture incident took place in Ankara Police Headquarters between 20 and 31 May 2019.

Four woman lawyers have been arrested in Istanbul


https://bianet.org/bianet/insan-haklari/209748-hhb-den-dort-avukat-daha-tutuklandi (TURKCE)

https://www.gazeteduvar.com.tr/turkiye/2019/06/25/halkin-hukuk-burosu-uyesi-4-avukat-tutuklandi/ (TURKCE)

https://www.amnesty.de/mitmachen/petition/juristische-schikanen-gegen-eren-keskin-beenden?ref=23652 (DEUTSCH)

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(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 20/06/19)

Iran/France: Caroline Vigneaux – Libérez Nasrin Sotoudeh

le 26 juin, 2019

L’avocate iranienne Nasrin Sotoudeh a été condamnée à 148 coups de fouet et 38 ans de prison. Son amie l’humoriste Caroline Vigneaux prend sa défense.

Fini de rire : Caroline Vigneaux prend tres au serieux le sort reserve a l'avocate iranienne Nasrin Sotoudeh.

C’est le début de l’été 2018. Je suis à Ispahan, en Iran. Je sirote un Spritz rafraîchissant, me prélasse au soleil après une passionnante visite du titanesque palais Ali Qâpou. Ce n’est pas ma boisson qui m’enivre – il m’en faut un peu plus –, mais le tourbillon de souvenirs que je viens d’accumuler au cours des derniers jours. Quelle beauté ! Et qu’on se sent petit devant tant d’Histoire ! L’Iran du XXIe siècle vibre au même rythme que la Perse du XVIIe, animée de mille et une couleurs.

En face de moi, mon amie s’évente de la main en remontant ses lunettes de soleil sur son crâne ; elles se noient dans sa dense chevelure brune. Elle me sourit et se redresse pour regarder la place Naghch-e Djahan. Je l’observe. Le profil de Nasrin est le reflet exact de son caractère : son nez droit, son menton saillant, son front conquérant… C’est une femme déterminée, tournée vers l’avenir, emplie d’espoir. Le genre de personnes qu’on se félicite de connaître, car la voir être, l’observer agir offrent une source d’inspiration inépuisable.

Moi non plus, je ne suis pas épuisée. Malgré les kilomètres parcourus,des ruines de Persépolis au désert des Kaluts, je suis contaminée par l’énergie contagieuse de Nasrin. Ensemble, nous nous sommes perdues dans le plus grand bazar du monde, à Téhéran, entre les étoffes vives, portées par l’odeur entêtante du cuir tanné et des épices. Ensemble, nous avons admiré la roche noire dans le désert du Dasht-e Lut, les dunes à perte de vue… Ensemble, nous avons respiré l’air frais de la montagne, au-dessus du village rouge d’Abyaneh.







Mobilisons-nous pour Nasrin Sotoudeh. Collectivisons sa peine !

https://www.ccbe.eu/fileadmin/speciality_distribution/public/documents/HUMAN_RIGHTS/HR_Position_papers/EN_20190625_UIA-AIJA-CCBE-Joint-Statement-Situation-of-Lawyers-in-Iran.pdf (ENGLISH)

https://www.europapress.es/catalunya/noticia-abogados-atocha-abogadas-nasrin-sotoudeh-umit-buyukdag-pallapupas-premis-valors-20190626135814.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.abogacia.es/2019/06/28/la-fundacion-abogados-de-atocha-las-abogadas-nasrin-sotoudeh-y-umit-buyukdag-y-la-asociacion-pallapupas-premios-valors-2019-de-la-abogacia-catalana/ (ESPANOL)

https://cordobabuenasnoticias.com/2019/07/02/el-consejo-general-de-la-abogacia-convoca-la-xxi-edicion-del-premio-derechos-humanos-dedicado-a-la-defensa-de-un-planeta-sostenible/ (ESPANOL)

https://ildubbio.news/ildubbio/2019/07/02/gli-avvocati-di-milano-a-difesa-dei-diritti-umani/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.ravennanotizie.it/articoli/2019/07/03/avvocati-e-magistrati-di-ravenna-ricordano-collega-nasrin-sotoudeh-detenuta-nelle-carceri-iraniane.html (ITALIANO)

https://share.america.gov/pt-br/ira-aumenta-perseguicao-a-escritores-e-advogados%E2%80%A8/ (PORTUGUES)

https://www.elpuntavui.cat/societat/article/5-societat/1627827-l-advocacia-catalana-entrega-els-premis-valors.html (CATALAN)


Turkey: Update: Incarceration of Turkish Lawyers | Unjust Arrests and Convictions (2016-2019)

June 10, 2019

The Arrested Lawyers Initiative updated its report entitled  “Incarceration of Turkish Lawyers | Unjust Arrests and Convictions (2016-2019).”

According to the latest update, 1546 Turkish lawyers have been prosecuted and 599 lawyers have been arrested since 2016 July. And so far, 311 Turkish lawyers have been sentenced to 1967 years in prison by the first instance courts under article 314 of the Turkish Penal Code.


The report reveals that all persecuted lawyers are being charged with terror-linked offenses; the main two accusations directed against them are membership to an armed terrorist organisation, and forming and leading an armed terrorist organisation. Article 314 of the Penal Code criminalises the establishment and commanding of (Article 314/1), as well as membership (Article 314/2) to an armed organisation. Under the Turkish Penal Code, these two offences attract 7,5 to 22,5 years imprisonment.

Update: Incarceration of Turkish Lawyers | Unjust Arrests and Convictions (2016-2019)

President Erdogan 20.06.2019

France/Iran: Blois : des avocats solidaires de leur consoeur iranienne

le 27 mai, 2019

Me Fabienne Aubry et Me Anne Durand avec le portrait de Nasrin Sotoudeh persécutée à la fois en tant que femme et avocat.

Le barreau de Blois se mobilise en faveur de Nasrin Sotoudeh, une avocate iranienne condamnée pour avoir pris fait et cause pour les femmes de son pays.

Voilà bientôt un an que Nasrin Sotoudeh croupit dans sa cellule d’Evin, la pire prison d’Iran. Cette avocate de 55 ans, spécialiste de la défense des droits de l’homme, est dans le collimateur du régime des mollahs pour avoir contesté leur autorité. Le barreau de Blois a décidé de se mobiliser en sa faveur pour dénoncer l’injustice avec laquelle cette consœur a été traitée. Me Fabienne Aubry et Me Anne Durand, particulièrement émues par son sort, appellent à se joindre à la mobilisation internationale en signant la pétition en ligne qui a déjà réuni plus de 330.000 signatures.
“ Notre consœur n’a même pas pu assister à son procès ”« Nasrin Sotoudeh est emprisonnée pour être apparue en public sans porter le voile et pour avoir pris fait et cause pour des jeunes femmes qui manifestaient pacifiquement sur l’avenue Enghelab (*) pour protester contre l’obligation du port du hijab », expliquent les deux avocates. Son engagement considéré comme un défi par le régime lui valu une première condamnation à 5 ans d’emprisonnement pour « rassemblement et collusion contre le régime » et à 2 ans pour « insulte au Guide suprême ».
En mars dernier, sa situation s’est encore aggravée : le tribunal révolutionnaire lui a infligé 33 ans de prison supplémentaires et 148 coups de fouet pour sept chefs d’accusation dont « incitation à la débauche ». Pour les avocates blésoises, cette décision est une parodie de justice : « Notre consœur n’a même pas pu assister à son procès ni être assistée d’un avocat » s’insurgent-elles. Cette condamnation a soulevé une vague d’indignation et de réprobation à travers le monde notamment de la part de l’Union européenne et du gouvernement français.
Du côté des avocats, la protestation s’organise autour de la Conférence nationale des barreaux qui a lancé la pétition en faveur de Nasrin Sotoudeh au nom du droit fondamental d’exercer cette profession et d’être assisté d’un avocat.


https://www.change.org/p/lib%C3%A9rez-l-avocate-iranienne-nasrin-sotoudeh-freenasrin (SIGNEZ LA PETITION!)

https://www.amnesty.fr/liberte-d-expression/petitions/petition-nasrin-sotoudeh (SIGNEZ LA PETITION!)



http://haghighatemana.com/%DA%AF%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%B4-%D9%85%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%85-%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%AF%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%AC%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B2%D9%87-%D8%A8%DB%8C%D9%86%E2%80%8C%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D9%84%D9%84%DB%8C-%D8%AD/ (FARSI)

http://asre-nou.net/php/view.php?objnr=47471 (FARSI)

https://fa.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%86%D8%B3%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%86_%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%87 (FARSI)

https://www.change.org/p/cancel-the-sentence-and-free-nasrin-sotoudeh-freenasrin (SIGN THE PETITION!)

https://aijac.org.au/featured/lets-not-forget-the-victims-of-the-iranian-regimes-egregious-human-rights-violations/ (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasrin_Sotoudeh (ENGLISH)


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La nostra Collega @Nasrin Sotoudeh نسرین ستوده condannata a 38 anni di reclusione e 148 frustate e detenuta nel carcere di Evin a Teheran, è stata insignita dal Consiglio dell’Ordine dell’Osella al merito professionale con la seguente motivazione: “Per il suo impegno a favore dei diritti umani – in particolare quelli delle donne e dei più deboli – ed il fatto di non aver mai ceduto alle minacce subite dimostrando un coraggio esemplare nonostante le numerose detenzioni e condanne subite. Il Consiglio dell’Ordine manifesta gratitudine e solidarietà a Nasrin Sotoudeh, esempio di avvocata disposta a sacrificare gli affetti, la libertà ed anche la vita pur di preservare la propria indipendenza e l’effettività del diritto di difesa e, con l’occasione, condanna fermamente la persecuzione in atto nei confronti suoi e di tutti i difensori e le difensore dei diritti umani in Iran, come nel mondo, deplora l’inflizione di detenzioni arbitrarie, tortura e pene corporali, ribadendo, altresì, il suo impegno per la promozione e la diffusione della cultura del rispetto dei diritti fondamentali e della difesa della difesa nella società civile”.
L’Osella e la pergamena sono state consegnate in absentia a Karim Lahidji, Presidente Onorario della FIDH – International Federation for Human Rights, venerdì scorso, 24 maggio, nell’aula delle udienze solenni della Corte di Cassazione a Bruxelles a latere della cerimonia di consegna del Premio internazionale dei diritti umani “Ludovic Trarieux” 2018, dal consigliere, avv. Federico Cappelletti, membro della giuria del Premio.

Our colleague Nasrin Sotoudeh نسرین ستوده,, sentenced to 38 years’ imprisonment and 148 lashes, and detained in Evin prison in Tehran, was awarded the medal of merit (“Osella”) by the Venice Bar Association, with the following motivation: “for her commitment to human rights – in particular those of women and the weakest – having never give in to the threats against her, with an outstanding courage despite multiple detentions and convictions. The Venice Bar Association expresses its gratitude and support, as it considers Mrs. Sotoudeh an example of a lawyer willing to sacrifice affections, freedom and even life in order to preserve her independence and the effectiveness of the right of defense. On this occasion, it strongly condemns the current persecution against her and all the human rights’ defenders in Iran, and in the world, deplores the infliction of arbitrary detention, torture and corporal punishment, and also reaffirms its commitment to promoting and spreading a culture of respect for fundamental rights and defense’s rights in civil society.”
The medal of merit and the parchment were handed over in absentia to Mr. Karim Lahidji, Honorary President of the FIDH – International Federation for Human Rights, last Friday, May 24, in the courtroom of the formal hearings of the Court of Cassation in Brussels at the end of the award ceremony of the International Human Rights Prize “Ludovic Trarieux” 2018, by Mr. Federico Cappelletti, jury member of the Prize, delegated by the Board of the Bar Association

(Ordine degli Avvocati di Venezia Facebook, 27/05/19)

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