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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)