February 2, 2019
The Hague Supreme Court
Brussels, Turkish Embassy
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February 2, 2019
The Hague Supreme Court
Brussels, Turkish Embassy
Με αφορμή την Παγκόσμια Ημέρα του δικηγόρου σε Κίνδυνο (Day of the Endangered Lawyer), το ελληνικό τμήμα της ΑED (AVOCATS EUROPEEN DEMOCRATES) διοργανώνει την πρώτη του παρέμβαση με μία εκδήλωση αφιερωμένη στις διώξεις δικηγόρων και δικαστών στην Τουρκία.
Στην εκδήλωση θα μιλήσουν ο Κ.Ε. (δικαστής από την Τουρκία), ο Cengiz Aktar (καθηγητής Πολιτικών Επιστημών στο ΕΚΠΑ), η Γιώτα Μασουρίδου (μέλος της Ένωσης Δικηγόρων για την Υπεράσπιση των Θεμελιωδών Δικαιωμάτων) και ο Βασίλης Παπαστεργίου (μέλος του Δ.Σ. του ΔΣΑ).
Επίσης, μέσω Skype θα παρέμβει η δικηγόρος Elvan Olkun από την Τουρκία, ενώ χαιρετισμό θα απευθύνει ο πόεδρος του ΔΣΑ, Δημήτρης Βερβεσός.
Η εκδήλωση θα πραγματοποιηθεί αύριο (Πέμπτη 24 Ιανουαρίου) στις 3.00 το μεσημέρι στον ΔΣΑ (Ακαδημίας 60), στην αίθουσα «Μιχάλη Επ. Ζαφειρόπουλου».
January 18, 2019
Mehmet Daimagüler, one of the lawyers for the families of victims in Germany’s notorious National Socialist Underground (NSU) case, says he would take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.
Addressing a conference on the NSU and racism in Germany at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul yesterday, Daimagüler said he did not trust German courts and did not expect much from the legal process in Germany regarding the neo-Nazi gang.
The NSU, composed of three members, were behind the murders of eight Turkish and one Greek immigrant and a German policewoman between 2000 and 2007. Two members killed themselves when the police closed in on them, while the sole surviving member, Beate Zschaepe, was sentenced to life in a trial that concluded last year.
“I don’t trust German courts and that’s why we filed a compensation lawsuit [for the victims]. If the German government, state administrations did their jobs properly, if police did not look into the murders through a racist angle, people would not get killed,” the lawyer said.
The lawyer said he was certain cases against the NSU would be “lost,” referring to appeals to the sentence for Zschaepe and the gang’s accomplices who got away with lenient sentences. “But we will take these cases to the European Court of Human Rights afterwards,” he said.
Daimagüler also spoke about threats the lawyers of victims faced. “I’ve received about 1,600 threats so far but I didn’t take them seriously. Barking dogs seldom bite,” he added. However, he expressed concern about threats to fellow lawyer Seda Başay Yıldız. “It was discovered that threats were linked to a police station and had everything from the address of her residences to the address of her parents. It is also a big scandal that police told Yıldız that they can’t protect her properly and suggested she buy a gun to defend herself,” he said.
August 2, 2018
At least three people were intercepted in Edirne while they were reportedly on their way to escape to Greece with illegal means, in the latest of such attempts aimed at avoiding Turkey’s post-coup crackdown.
A lawyer; a medical professor who was earlier removed from his post at the Inonu University over ties to the Gulen movement; and the latter’s wife were detained near Turkey’s Greek border in Edirne province, media said July 31.
Two others, believed to be the organizers of the trip, were also rounded up and put in pre-trial detention.
Turkish government accuses Gulen followers of masterminding the failed coup and calls them FETO, short for the alleged Fethullahist Terrorist Organization. The group denies terrorist activities.
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, 2016. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup while the latter denies involvement.
More than 150,000 people have been detained and some 90,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen and many from different backgrounds have been put in pre-trial detention since last summer.
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:
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.
(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”.
May 23, 2018
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.