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Egypt/UK/Greece: Trade unionists in UK and Greece back campaign in solidarity with Haitham Mohamedain

June 2, 2018

Dozens of high profile trade unionists from the UK and Greece are among the latest to back the campaign in solidarity with arrested labour lawyer Haitham Mohamedain who was seized by the Egyptian security forces on 18 May in a series of arrests targeting critics of the Sisi regime. His detention was recently renewed for another 15 days. Middle East Solidarity stalls at the annual congresses of the PCS civil servants union and the university and college workers’ UCU union distributed campaign postcards and gathered signatures for the petition demanding Haitham’s release.

Backers for the campaign in PCS include:

Meanwhile signatures have also flooded in from Greece, with leading figures from unions representing health workers, transport workers, civil servants, local government workers, media workers, metalworkers and teachers adding their support. Signatories from Greece include:

Trade unionists in UK and Greece back campaign in solidarity with Haitham Mohamedain

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/02/egypt-abdel-fatah-al-sisi-sworn-in-second-term-amid-crackdown-on-dissent

https://acenewsservices.wordpress.com/2018/06/02/cairo-egypt-freespeech-curtailed-daily-as-saturday-president-al-sisi-the-dictator-general-is-sworn-in-for-a-second-term-with-military-pomp-amid-crackdown/

http://internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article5538

https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/9510/Free-Haitham-Mohamedain-stop-the-repression-in-Egypt?list=6216

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=23174&LangID=E

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/13330/egypt-l4l-free-haytham-mohamadeen/

https://www.change.org/p/prosecutor-general-arab-republic-of-egypt-freedom-for-haitham-mohamedain-stop-the-repression-in-egypt (SIGN THE PETITION!)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haitham_Mohamedain

http://osterreich.site/2018/06/02/aegyptens-sisi-wird-vereidigt-fuer-eine-zweite-amtszeit-inmitten-der-niederschlagung-auf-dissens/ (DEUTSCH)

http://linkswende.org/freiheit-fuer-haitham-mohamedain-stoppt-die-repression-in-aegypten/ (DEUTSCH)

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Greece: «Φάμπρικα» πλαστών ψυχιατρικών βεβαιώσεων στον Κορυδαλλό – Οι σοκαριστικοί διάλογοι και οι συλλήψεις

22/5/18

Φάμπρικα χορήγησης πλαστών πιστοποιητικών τοξικομανίας είχαν στήσει μέσα στο Ψυχιατρικό Νοσοκομείο Κορυδαλλού δύο ψυχίατροι μαζί με ιδιώτη γιατρό αλλά και πολίτες.

Μετά από έρευνες, άνδρες της Υποδιεύθυνσης Ασφαλείας Αθηνών, προχώρησαν στη σύλληψη ενός ψυχίατρου της Ψυχιατρικής κλινικής των φυλακών, ενός ψυχίατρου-πραγματογνώμονα, μίας ακόμη γιατρού ιδιωτικού νοσοκομείου αλλά και δύο ιδιωτών.

Σύμφωνα με τα μέχρι στιγμής στοιχεία, το παράνομο κύκλωμα εξέδιδε πλαστά πιστοποιητικά τοξικομανίας προκείμενου να χρησιμοποιηθούν είτε για ευνοϊκή μεταχείριση ενώπιον της Δικαιοσύνης στις δικαστικές αίθουσες, είτε για τη μεταφορά κρατουμένων στο Ψυχιατρικό Νοσοκομείο του Κορυδαλλού.

Σύμφωνα με πληροφορίες ένας ψυχίατρος των φυλακών συνελήφθη κατά τη διάρκεια συνεδρίου ψυχιάτρων στην Κω, ενώ από τις μέχρι στιγμής έρευνες έχουν εντοπιστεί περίπου τριακόσιες βεβαιώσεις – πραγματογνωμοσύνες, η ακεραιότητα των οποίων εξετάζεται.

https://www.altsantiri.gr/ellada/famprika-plaston-psychiatrikon-vevaioseon-ston-korydallo-oi-sokaristikoi-dialogoi-kai-oi-syllipseis/

(N.B. This article discusses the Greek security service’s tapping and recording of the telephone communications between a lawyer and his detainee client, allegedly proving the facilitation of the inmate by the lawyer in acquiring a forged medical report. Either the lawyer’s phone or the prison’s phone was tapped.)

TRANSLATION, kindly provided by Angela Vismaya Psarrou:

Greece: A “fabrica” of false psychiatric certificates at Korydallos – Shocking dialogues and arrests
• Incredible dialogues reveal a crime ring providing false documents at Korydallos
• Detainees buying toxicology certificates for 1,500 euros
• “What did he tell you?”, “He told me he would write it up now including the treatment, together with the pathologist’s report, that it’s prohibited so you will be able to exit he said, everything’s fine”.
Two psychiatrists together with a private physician and other individuals had set-up a fabrica providing false toxicology reports at the Korydallos Psychiatric Hospital.
Following investigations, Athens Sub-division Detectives proceeded to arrest a psychiatrist at the Psychiatric prison clinic, a psychiatric expert, a private hospital female doctor and two other private individuals as well.
According to the data so far, the illegal ring was providing false drug addiction certificates to be used either for favorable treatment in judicial Courts or for the transfer of prisoners to the Korydallos Psychiatric Hospital.
According to information, a prison psychiatrist was arrested during a psychiatric conference on Kos, while investigations up to now have identified about three hundred expert reports being examined for their integrity.
According to the file they are being imposed –according to the case- with offenses of criminal organization, violation of the law on narcotics, active and passive corruption, bribery and forfeiting false certificate, repeatedly.
The dismantling of the fabrika of false reports is a continuation of a previous case in apprehending drug addicts, which resulted with evidence on the illegal ring that had been set-up inside Korydallos Prison.
The bug by the Detectives, as today’s Eleftheros Typos [newspaper] revealed, even recorded the dialogues describing the way in which the ring operated inside prisons, but also the way in which they made agreements with the psychiatrist:
• Detainee: “What did you leave for him? Truly, don’t lie to me!”
• Mother: “Seven hundred, I swear!”
• Detainee: “Hadn’t you told me six?”
• Mother: “I had told you six but I left seven for him so he would come on Friday to have it done and it be submitted on Monday”.
• Detainee: “Alright, is that all he’s got from you? Truly, don’t lie to me”.
• Mother: “Yes, he hasn’t received more all this time, has he?”
• Detainee: “Yes, how much is it in total? Two thousand?”

At another point in the case-file the “agreement” is evident between the detainee –having been arrested with 10 kilos of narcotic substances- with his lawyer:
• Detainee: “So she wants one and a half?”
• Lawyer: “Yeah, look, she told me that he does the talking, the paper will surely be done but let’s not take any risk right now friend!”
• Detainee: “Alright, since he wants one and a half, it’s one and a half, you think?”
• Lawyer: “But she told him and he said one and a half”.
• Detainee: “Did he say yes? He said yes”.
• Lawyer: “He said one and a half, the one and a half means yes, friend. What else would it mean?”
• Detainee: “He said one and a half… Oh so now f* this!”
• Lawyer: “These things are not spoken on the phone normally”.
Information: eleftherostypos.gr

Greece: URGENT INTERVENTION – UNPRECEDENTED ATTACK ON GREEK LAWYERS’ SPOKESPERSON BY THE GREEK MINISTRY OF JUSTICE

May 23, 2018

ΔΙΚΤΥΟ ΥΠΟΣΤΗΡΙΞΗΣ ΥΠΕΡΑΣΠΙΣΤΩΝ ΑΝΘΡΩΠΙΝΩΝ ΔΙΚΑΙΩΜΑΤΩΝ

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS SUPPORT NETWORK

The Human Rights Defenders Support Network (DYYAD), a joint venture of the Hellenic Action for Human Rights “Pleiades” and Lawyers Without Borders, observed the press releases ( of 16 may 2018 and a subsequent one on the same day mounting the attack) of the Ministry of Justice and the Minister’s stance towards the body of Lawyers, as primarily expressed via an attack against the President of the Athens Bar Association, also under his identity as President of the Coordinating Committee of the Presidents of Greek Bar Associations.

On 15 May 2018 the Minister of Justice had visited the Prosecutor’s Office and the Athens 1st Instance Courts, calling them in a wide meeting on the situation of Corts and Justice, which included several stakeholders (President of the Directory Council of the Athens 1st Instance Courts, Head of the Prosecutors’ Office at the 1st Instance Court, Head of the B.D. of the Union of Judicial Functionaries, General Secretary of the MoJ, Head of Informatics and Technology of Austrian Technical Help, Technical Service of the Ministry of National Defense), completely excluding a Lawyers’ representative.

On the same day, in a MoJ’s press release about this meeting, the Minister of Justice announced the fragmentation of the Athens Courts of 1st Instance in 3 parts, the creation of new Courts in other areas and other issues regarding the Athens Lawyers’ working environment.

On the next day, 16 May 2018, the president of the country’s highest administrative Court, the Council of State, resigned, in an emotionally tense ambiance, often citing that economic interests should not outweigh institutions, decrying a situation of severe institutional breaches.

On the same day, the Athens Bar Association announced that an exceptional B.D. meeting  of the Bar, open to Lawyers “because of the severity of the matter” would urgently (on 22 May) follow “about the Minister’sannouncement on the creation of two new 1st instance Courts in Attica region”.

The President of the Athens Bar, Mr.Vervesos, also made a statement about the resignation of the High Judge, which he characterized as unprecedented, and also on what is happening in the sphere of Justice, expressing the views of the lawyers’ body.

https://dyyad.blogspot.fr/2018/05/urgent-intervention-unprecedented.html

https://dyyad.blogspot.fr/

Turkey/Greece: Lawyers’ involvement in migrant smuggling racket being probed

May 14, 2018

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Judicial authorities in northern Greece are investigating the involvement of local lawyers in rackets smuggling migrants and refugees across Greece’s Evros River border from Turkey.

The file is currently in the hands of Thrace Appeals Court prosecutor Giorgos Siopis, who is summoning lawyers from the cities of Alexandroupoli and Oresteiada, but also from Thessaloniki and Athens, who have been accused of working with rackets or individual smugglers organizing illegal transfers from Turkey into Greece.

The judicial authorities are keeping quiet about the details of the questioning the lawyers will face, but sources have suggested that the probe is focused on at least six cases where it is believed large amounts of money were accepted to facilitate illegal entry.

It is also expected to bring more cases to light, given that such activities have been going on for years in the Evros region.

The involvement of lawyers throughout the transportation and “legalization” of undocumented migrants is something border guards in the area have known about for some time.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/228601/article/ekathimerini/news/lawyers-involvement-in-migrant-smuggling-racket-being-probed

https://newint.org/features/web-exclusive/2018/05/10/humanitarian-workers-acquited-helping-refugees

http://www.dsa.gr/ (GREEK)

Turkey: Turkish couple, both judges, detained while trying to escape to Greece

May 3, 2018

Turkish couple, both judges, detained while trying to escape to Greece

A Turkish couple, both judges who were earlier dismissed from their posts over alleged ties to the Gulen movement, was detained while reportedly on their way to escape to Greece.

State-run Anadolu news agency said Thursday that M.S. and his wife Y.S. were rounded up near Turkey’s Greek border in the western province of Mugla. The couple had had outstanding arrest warrants over Gulen links prior to their attempt.

They were put in pretrial detention on charges of membership to a terror organization after they were detained.

Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against sympathizers of the Gülen movement in the wake of a failed coup attempt on July 15. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup while the latter denies involvement.

More than 150,000 people have been detained and some 80,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen and many from different backgrounds have been put in pre-trial detention since last summer.

http://turkeypurge.com/turkish-couple-both-judges-detained-while-trying-to-escape-to-greece

https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-detains-110-people-over-alleged-links-to-gulen-movement/

https://turkeypurge.com/judge-candidate-in-jail-for-attempting-to-escape-to-greece-report

https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/ozgur-h-cinar/chronic-human-rights-problems-of-turkey-during-eu-accession-process

https://www.neweurope.eu/article/amnesty-international-says-turkey-has-become-a-dungeon/

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-cartoonist-musa-kart-wins-press-freedom-prize-131243

https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-detains-about-60-people-over-alleged-links-to-gulen-movement/

Greece/ECHR: J.R. AND OTHERS V. GREECE: A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYERS IN EUROPE

January 25, 2018

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On 25 January 2018 the ECtHR issued its Judgement in the case J.R. and Others v. Greece.
Despite other aspects of criticism one may have about this Judgement (and these are many), the Human Rights Defenders Support Network alerts on what is clearly a dangerous precedent for human rights lawyers in Europe, regarding the art.34 ECHR complaint (par.148-153 of the Judgement) “added” by the German Lawyer representing the applicants at the Observations stage.

Some months after the ECHR application was lodged, the 1st applicant was called to the police station of hios, where he was made to answer questions under oath about the EHR application he had lodged and about his contacts and his correspondence with his lawyer. He claimed that his summoning and the interrogation he was subjected to had an intimidating effect on him and that these events cannot be interpreted differently than an attempt to dissuade him from continuing with his application.

The Government declared that in establishing the facts of the EHR case, it estimated as necessary to verify the duration of the applicants’ stay (sic) in Vial and where they stayed after leaing Vial, that allegedly being the only reason why the 1st applicant was called to have “a conversation” with a policeman, in the presence of an interpreter. The reiterated that the Greek authorities facilitate the exercise of art.34 ECHR right to any person in their territory and, in particularr, by orregular migrants finding themselves in detention and “reception” centres.

http://dyyad.blogspot.fr/2018/01/jr-and-others-v-greece-dangerous.html

http://echr.coe.int/Pages/home.aspx?p=home

Turkey/France/Greece: Athens and Paris Bar Associations denounce the ongoing persecution against Turkish lawyers

January 4, 2018

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Paris Bar Association made a statement on the occasion of Turkey’s Erdogan’s forthcoming official visit (dated 5 January) to French President Emanuel Macron. It was said in the statement dated 4 January 2018 by lawyer Mr. Basile Ader who is vice president of the Paris Bar Association:

“The Paris Bar has noted that the situation of Turkish lawyers and magistrates has steadily worsened for a year, victims of a large purge in defiance of all international conventions and the most basic rights.

Turkey can not claim to be a respectable regime within nations without a rule of law whose lawyers, magistrates and journalists are sentinels.

The Paris Bar expresses to them the solidarity of the lawyers and mobilizes all the means necessary for them to regain their place and their role.

Chairman of Athens Bar Association  Mr. Dimitris Vervesos “..as has been widely judged by the European Court of Human Rights and has occasionally highlighted by the neighbor Bar Associations, Turkey has been had systematic violations of international law against the persecuted Turkish citizens and a large number of Turkish lawyer colleagues. The safeguarding of international law is a self-evident duty of the Bar Association, which has past struggles for democratic gains at national and international level..” said in his intervention in a case.

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Athens and Paris Bar Associations denounce the ongoing persecution against Turkish lawyers

http://www.avocatparis.org/avocats-poursuivis-emprisonnes-et-tortures-en-turquie-basile-ader-demande-leur-liberation-immediate (FRANCAIS)

https://euromedrights.org/fr/publication/france-visite-du-president-erdogan/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.trt.net.tr/francais/turquie/2018/01/05/le-president-erdogan-a-accorde-des-interviews-a-tf1-et-lc1-avant-sa-visite-en-france-882188 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2018/01/05/visite-a-paris-d-erdogan-de-plus-en-plus-isole-sur-la-scene-internationale_5237742_3214.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2018/01/05/erdogan-a-l-elysee-un-invite-qui-ne-fait-pas-l-unanimite_1620433 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.armenews.com/article.php3?id_article=151834 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.franceinter.fr/info/droits-de-l-homme-ue-syrie-ce-qu-il-y-a-au-menu-de-la-visite-du-president-turc-erdogan-a-paris (FRANCAIS)

https://www.econostrum.info/La-France-demande-a-la-Turquie-des-gestes-tres-concrets-sur-les-droits-de-l-homme_a23972.html (FRANCAIS)