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Belgium: Lawyer in Jewish museum murder trial defiant after fake gun ‘threats’ (lead)

February 1, 2019

A court sketch made on January 22, 2019 at the Brussels Justice Palace, shows people watching video images during the trial of French jihadist Mehdi Nemmouche, accused of shooting four people dead at a Jewish museum in Brussels on May 24, 2014, allegedly the first Syria jihad veteran to stage a terror attack in Europe. (Igor Preys/BELGA/AFP)

A lawyer for a survivor of the Brussels Jewish museum attack said Wednesday he found a fake rifle in his office after a burglary, denouncing a climate of “fear” and “threats” he would defy.


Lawyer Vincent Lurquin reported his laptop and two files — including one dealing with the deadly anti-Semitic gun attack in May 2014 — were missing from his Brussels office.

“The plaintiff also found on his desk a baseball bat and a replica of a Kalashnikov-type weapon,” the Brussels prosecutors’ office said.

“Advised of the facts, the Brussels prosecutors’ office immediately opened an investigation for burglary and threats using symbols.”

Frenchman Mehdi Nemmouche, 33, is on trial in Brussels charged with shooting dead four people at the museum with a pistol and a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

Lurquin, lawyer for survivor Clara Billeke Villalobos, an 81-year-old Chilean artist, said he would not be intimidated.

“Those who want to frighten us will not succeed,” Lurquin told Belgian media.

“We will continue to help (jurors) judge without hatred, without fear. With the threats that may be sent to us, we will not yield to blackmail,” the lawyer said.

“This is also part of the job of being a lawyer,” Lurquin added.




https://plus.lesoir.be/203781/article/2019-01-30/kalachnikov-factice-et-batte-de-baseball-les-menaces-recues-par-un-des-avocats (FRANCAIS)

https://www.sudinfo.be/id99099/article/2019-01-30/le-dossier-nemmouche-vole-chez-lavocat-vincent-lurquin-et-remplace-par-une (FRANCAIS)

https://www.tdg.ch/monde/Nemmouche-evoque-un-pseudoattentat/story/29300640 (FRANCAIS)

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

https://www.hln.be/nieuws/binnenland/dossier-van-mehdi-nemmouche-gestolen-uit-advocatenkantoor-dieven-laten-baseballknuppel-en-valse-kalasjnikov-achter~aca5bee0/?referer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F (VLAAMS)

https://www.demorgen.be/binnenland/inbraak-en-achtergelaten-kalasjnikov-en-knuppel-overschaduwt-proces-nemmouche-b7d18617/?referer=https://www.google.com/ (VLAAMS)

Chile: FIDH envía carta a Piñera denunciando hostigamientos de Carabineros a conocida abogada de comuneros mapuche


La Federación Internacional de Derechos Humanos pide a las autoridades chilenas resguardar y garantizar la seguridad de Karina Riquelme, quien fue fotografiada por funcionarios de civil durante la formalización del caso Huracán.

FIDH envía carta a Piñera denunciando hostigamientos de Carabineros a conocida abogada de comuneros mapuche

A través de una carta dirigida al presidente Sebastián Piñera, los ministros Gonzalo Blumel, Andrés Chadwick, Hernán Larraín y Roberto Ampuero, además de la directora del INDH Consuelo Contreras, la Federación Internacional de Derechos Humanos (FIDH) solicita que se tomen medidas ante distintos actos de hostigamiento que ha sufrido la abogada Karina Riquelme, conocida abogada de La Araucanía en causas que enfrentan comuneros mapuches.

La defensora es parte del Centro de Investigación y Defensa Sur (Cidsur), ONG que ha tomado la defensa penal de comuneros mapuche durante años, logrando emblemáticas absoluciones.

La carta, de la que hicieron parte también el Observatorio para la Protección de los Defensores de Derechos Humanos y la Organización Mundial Contra la Tortura, denuncia que Riquelme fue hostigada los días 9 y 10 de julio de 2018 por funcionarios de civil de Carabineros de Chile, mientras se realizaban las jornadas de formalización del caso Huracán, que involucra el montaje de distintos funcionarios policiales que quisieron inculpar a comuneros mapuche de atentados incendiarios.







Venezuela/Chile: Chile grants political asylum to 5 Venezuelan judges

August 22, 2017

Chile has granted political asylum to five Venezuelans who have been threatened by the government-stacked Supreme Court after being named to the court by the opposition-controlled congress.

Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz announced Tuesday that the judges who sought refuge at the home of the Chilean ambassador in Caracas will be allowed to reside in Chile.

The Chilean government has asked President Nicolas Maduro to let them leave the country.

Venezuela’s congress named 33 new judges to the Supreme Court in late July. But the court said they had illegally usurped power and would face consequences.

A new, all-powerful constitutional assembly approved a decree Friday to take over congress’ power to pass legislation on important matters. Dozens of foreign governments have refused to recognize the assembly.



Chile grants political asylum to 5 Venezuelan judges



Venezuela/Chile: Two Venezuelan judges shelter in Chilean residence

August 2, 2017

Two judges appointed by Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly have taken refuge in the residence of the Chilean ambassador in Caracas.

Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz tweeted Tuesday that Beatriz Ruiz and Jose Fernando Nunez arrived “in search of protection” and said they have been offered asylum if they want it.

Ruiz and Nunez were among 33 judges sworn in on July 21 by the National Assembly in defiance of Venezuela’s government-stacked Supreme Court. The country’s highest court quickly declared the appointments unconstitutional and said the judges would be illegally usurping power and betraying the nation if they tried to take their new posts.

The pair joins another Venezuelan judge who took refuge in the Chilean residence in Caracas. At least three judges appointed by the National Assembly have been detained.

The White House is condemning what it calls “the Maduro dictatorship” over the arrests of two top opposition leaders in Venezuela overnight.







Argentina/Chile: Julia’s ultra marathon for PBI UK

January 20, 2017

In two weeks UK Barrister Julia Lowis will be running 100km across Argentina and Chile in solidarity with lawyers at risk across the world. In this short video she explains why: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUoLmklT644&feature=youtu.be

(source Peace Brigades International (UK) Facebook)