Posts Tagged ‘ political prisoners ’

India: Lawyers rough up student arrested for “sedition,” attack his supporters

February 17, 2016
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Toronto Star [Canada]    

"Dozens of lawyers, many with links to India's ruling nationalist party, on Wednesday attacked protesters who have been demanding the release of a university student leader arrested under colonial-era sedition laws. The clashes began shortly before a court hearing for Kanhaiya Kumar, the president of the students' union at the country's premier Jawaharlal Nehru University. The left-leaning campus leader has been in prison since Friday over his participation in events where anti-India slogans were allegedly shouted. ... The attacks and Kumar's arrest highlighted allegations of increasing of intolerance in India since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in 2014." (02/17/16)

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/02/17/lawyers-rough-up-indian-student-arrested-for-sedition.html  

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Israel: Regime troops detain WaPo journalists

February 16, 2016
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"The Washington Post's bureau chief in Jerusalem says he was briefly detained by Israeli border police while reporting in east Jerusalem. William Booth says he was interviewing Palestinians at Damascus Gate, an entrance to Jerusalem's Old City, when he and his translator were arrested Tuesday. ... Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the journalists were questioned in connection to an unspecified 'incident' and quickly released after it was clear they were not involved." (02/16/16)

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/crime/article/Israel-briefly-detains-Washington-Post-journalists-6833250.php  

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Bahrain: Four US reporters arrested on uprising’s anniversary

February 16, 2016
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Seattle Times    

"Bahrain has arrested four American journalists covering the anniversary of its 2011 uprising amid a long crackdown on dissent in the tiny Gulf nation, witnesses said Monday. Police said they detained four Americans for providing 'false information that they were tourists,' while also alleging one took part in an attack on its officers." (02/15/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/witnesses-say-4-american-journalists-arrested-in-bahrain/  

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When in Rome: “Criminal consequences” for Assange’s tormentors?

February 8, 2016
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Prior to this ruling, Assange's persecutors might have been able to plausibly claim legal uncertainty as an extenuating circumstance. That defense is no longer available. Assange's continued confinement after the ruling constitutes the knowing and intentional commission of several prosecutable war crimes." (02/06/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4595  

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Assange says he’ll accept arrest if UN rules against him

February 4, 2016
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Wikileaks USA Today    

"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Thursday that he would allow British officials to arrest him if a United Nations panel rules against him in a case against the United Kingdom and Sweden about his detention in London. ... The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is expected to announce Friday its verdict on whether Assange is being detained illegally, according to media reports. The decision comes more than 16 months after the man filed a complaint with the panel about his detention. ... Assange noted that if the panel rules in his favor, he expects the return of his passport and 'the termination of further attempts to arrest me.'" (02/04/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/02/03/julian-assange-will-accept-arrest/79800340/  

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Uganda: General charged, jailed after criticizing long-ruling president

February 2, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"A Ugandan general arrested after criticizing President Yoweri Museveni and voicing support for the opposition was charged in a military court on Tuesday and sent to a maximum security prison, according to his lawyer. Museveni aims to extend his 30-year-old rule and is facing perhaps his toughest challenge yet ahead of an election on Feb. 18 which pits him against veteran opposition leader Kizza Besigye and his ally-turned-rival, Amama Mbabazi. ... General David Sejusa, 61, was charged with being absent from the army without official leave and participating in politics in violation of army laws, Ladislas Rwakafuzi, one of his lawyers, told Reuters on Tuesday." (02/02/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-uganda-politics-idUSKCN0VB1Q3  

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UK: Court rules Terrorism Act incompatible with human rights in Miranda abduction case

January 20, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"A key clause in the Terrorism Act 2000 is incompatible with the European convention on human rights, the master of the rolls, Lord Dyson, has declared as part of a court of appeal judgment. The decision came in the case of David Miranda, who was [abducted] at Heathrow airport in 2013 for carrying files related to information obtained by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden. ... However, the judges concluded that the police decision to [abduct] Miranda, the partner of the former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, at Heathrow was lawful." (01/19/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/19/terrorism-act-incompatible-with-human-rights-court-rules-in-david-miranda-case  

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In appeal, US political prisoner Ross Ulbricht’s defense focuses on corrupt feds

January 15, 2016
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Wired    

"It's been nearly a year since a jury determined that Ross Ulbricht had created and run the anonymous black market for drugs known as the Silk Road, a conviction that resulted in a life sentence without parole. Today his defense team finally had their chance to contest that outcome, and with it, one more chance to free the 31-year-old man who's become the face of the Dark Web. ... That appeal includes a long list of what it describes as improprieties and abuses in Ulbricht's investigation and trial. Its most powerful argument: That the court erroneously suppressed information about federal agents investigating the Silk Road who used their positions to steal bitcoins from the site and even attempted to extort money from Ulbricht." (01/14/16)

http://www.wired.com/2016/01/ross-ulbrichts-defense-focuses-on-corrupt-feds-in-silk-road-appeal/  

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Saudi Arabia: Regime thugs abduct activist, daughter

January 13, 2016
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Al Jazeera Al Jazeera America    

"Saudi authorities have detained Samar Badawi, a human rights activist known for championing women's rights, according to local activists. Badawi's former husband and brother are serving prison terms for their activism. Amnesty International, one of the groups which reported Badawi's detention on Tuesday, called it 'the latest example of Saudi Arabia's utter contempt for its human rights obligations and provides further damning proof of the authorities’ intent to suppress all signs of peaceful dissent.' Badawi taken with her 2-year-old daughter to a police center in Jeddah, local activists told Amnesty." (01/13/16)

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2016/1/13/Activists-say-saudi-arabia-detains-samar-badawi.html  

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China: Lawyer gets suspended sentence in online speech case

December 23, 2015
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Altoona Mirror    

"After months behind bars, one of China's most prominent human rights lawyers left a detention center Tuesday after receiving a suspended prison sentence in a case involving online comments critical of the ruling Communist Party. The court convicted Pu Zhiqiang on charges of disturbing public order and inciting ethnic hatred, and sentenced him to three years in prison but said the sentence will be suspended for three years." (12/22/15)

http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/1004927/Chinese-lawyer-gets-suspended-sentence-in-online-speech-case.html?isap=1&nav=760  

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North Korea: Canadian pastor sentenced to life, hard labor

December 17, 2015
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Barre Montpelier Times Argus    

"North Korea's Supreme Court sentenced a Canadian pastor to life in prison with hard labor on Wednesday for what it called crimes against the state. Hyeon Soo Lim, who pastors the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, was given the sentence after a 90-minute trial. ... In July, Lim appeared at a news conference organized by North Korean authorities in Pyongyang and admitted to plotting to overthrow the North Korean state. Other foreigners detained in North Korea and then released have said they were coerced into making similar statements and confessing guilt during their detention. Lim's relatives and colleagues have said he traveled on Jan. 31 on a regular humanitarian mission to North Korea where he supports a nursing home, a nursery and an orphanage. They said Lim, who is in his early 60s, has made more than 100 trips to North Korea since 1997 and that his trips were about helping people and were not political." (12/17/15)

http://www.timesargus.com/article/20151217/NEWS04/151219655  

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Venezuela: Maduro vows to fight congress, won’t release political prisoners

December 9, 2015
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Source: Miami Herald

"Expectations that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro might emerge more cooperative and chastised after his ruling party was pummeled in Sunday’s legislative race didn’t last long. On Tuesday night, a combative Maduro vowed to fight the legislature at every step, saying he would not allow the release of 'political prisoners' like Leopoldo Lopez and Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma, and wouldn't allow the legislature to dismantle the country's international cooperation plans that have been key to keeping regional support. He also asked for the resignation of his entire cabinet as he said the Bolivarian Revolution needed to assume a war-footing against the new legislature, which will take power Jan. 5." (12/09/15)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/venezuela/article48776545.html

 

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Secret Service agent sentenced to six years for Silk Road crimes

December 9, 2015
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United Press International United Press International    

"The Department of Justice announced a Secret Service agent was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for money laundering and obstruction of justice related to a larger Silk Road investigation. Shaun W. Bridges, 33, of Laurel, Md., received a prison sentence of 71 months Monday in San Francisco after pleading guilty to one count of money laundering and one count of obstructing justice. He was a former member of the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force, a multi-agency group investigating illegal activity on the Silk Road covert online marketplace often used to sell drugs." [editor's note: Of course that whole "task force" consists entirely of criminals, most of whom will never be punished for their crimes, including but not limited to the abduction of Ross Ulbricht; Bridges just got in trouble for working freelance in addition to his official thug life activities - TLK] (12/08/15)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2015/12/08/Secret-Service-agent-sentenced-to-6-years-for-Silk-Road-crimes/7871449575631/  

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Venezuela: Triumphant opposition looks to free prisoners

December 7, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Triumphant opposition leaders vowed on Monday to use their new majority in Venezuela's legislature to free jailed opponents of the Socialist government, but also promised not to go after political foes. The Democratic Unity coalition won more than twice the number of National Assembly seats as the Socialists in Sunday's vote that punished President Nicolas Maduro's government for deep economic and social crisis in the oil-producing country." (12/07/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-election-idUSKBN0TP03Y20151207  

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Turkey: Court appoints Lord of the Rings experts to figure out if comparing Erdogan to Gollum is an insult

December 3, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Turkish doctor Bilgin Ciftci lost his job. He's been put on trial. And whether he goes to prison hinges on one thing: Is Gollum a good guy? According to the Turkish news agency DHA, Ciftci was expelled from the Public Health Institution of Turkey in October after sharing a meme comparing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the creepy creature from 'The Lord of the Rings.' Insulting the head of state is a crime punishable with jail time in Turkey, and Ciftci was promptly put on trial after the meme was spotted in his Facebook feed." [editor's note: Yes, it's certainly an insult. To Gollum. - TLK] (12/02/15)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/12/02/a-turkish-court-appointed-five-lord-of-the-rings-experts-to-figure-out-whether-this-gollum-meme-is-offensive/  

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My ordeal: One of America’s many political trials since 9/11

December 1, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Sami al-Arian  

"It's been 10 years since the jury at the district court in Tampa, Florida, returned without a single guilty verdict at the end of my six-month US trial. Despite the legal victory, the ordeal that my family and I had to endure for many years was difficult and stressful. But since 9/11, the victims of hundreds of other political trials in the US have not been as fortunate. So let me be very direct and frank. Nothing short of the very survival of everyday Americans as free people living in an open and democratic society is at stake." (12/01/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/12/01/my-ordeal-one-of-americas-many-political-trials-since-911/  

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Egypt: Military frees detained journalist hours before planned demonstrations

November 10, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"The Egyptian military released a prominent journalist and rights activist on Tuesday after his detention drew widespread protest. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had expressed concern about Hossam Bahgat's apprehension Sunday, which was denounced by local and international human rights organizations. Bahgat's release two days later came hours before demonstrations were scheduled to take place in Cairo, London and other cities. ... Bahgat was interrogated for seven hours Sunday after receiving a summons from Egypt’s military intelligence, according to his lawyers. He later called friends to inform them that he would be taken to the military prosecutor to face charges of spreading false information to undermine national security in an article he wrote last month." (11/10/15)

http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-egypt-journalist-freed-20151110-story.html  

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Egypt: Regime arrests journalist for reporting on military trial

November 9, 2015
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France 24 [French state media]    

"Egypt arrested a prominent journalist and human rights advocate on Sunday after he was questioned by military intelligence over a report he published about a trial of former army officers, security sources said. They said Hossam Bahgat was summoned over charges of publishing false information in his October report about the 26 officers he said had been convicted by a military court of plotting a coup." (11/09/15)

http://www.france24.com/en/20151109-egypt-journalist-arrested-human-rights-military-trial  

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Saudi blogger, political prisoner wins Sakharov Prize

October 29, 2015
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United Press International United Press International    

"A Saudi Arabian blogger who was imprisoned and flogged publicly for criticizing the country's religious establishment has been awarded the European Union's top human rights award. Raif Badawi, 31, was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on Thursday. He was arrested in 2012 and charged with apostasy, cybercrime and disobeying his father for starting a website where he criticized Saudi Arabia's strict Islamic religious establishment. Badawi was sentenced in 2013 to seven years in prison and 600 lashes. In 2014, he was resentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes." (10/29/15)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2015/10/29/Jailed-Saudi-blogger-sentenced-to-flogging-gets-human-rights-prize/6331446121930/  

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The death of an American political prisoner

October 20, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"In theory, he went to prison for 'tax evasion' and 'filing false tax returns.' But that dog won't hunt. If it was about money he allegedly owed the government, he'd have been left free to generate wealth that could be seized. Irwin Schiff was a political prisoner. Period. No ifs, ands, buts or maybes. His legal entanglements were about two things, and two things only: Shutting him up and making an example of him. If people listen to Irwin Schiff, they might emulate him and stop sending money to Washington. QED, Irwin Schiff must be silenced and caged." (10/19/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/3330  

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Iran: Court convicts WaPo journalist Jason Rezeian of espionage

October 12, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Iran announced overnight that Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has been convicted, two months after a closed-door espionage trial -- a conviction The Washington Post says is an 'outrageous' miscarriage of justice. ... Rezaian was arrested July 22, 2014 and now has been held longer than the Americans detained during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. Rezaian's only contact with the outside world has been with his Iranian wife and his mother who told ABC News her son wishes he could be covering the news instead of being the news. Rezaian's closed-door trial ended two months ago and no Iranian officials have explained the delay in announcing a verdict." (10/12/15)

http://abcn.ws/1L7LkpP  

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New Zealand: Oops! Crown unable to produce Dotcom extradition notices

September 30, 2015
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Radio New Zealand [New Zealand state media]    

"The Crown has been unable to produce the original notices asking for Kim Dotcom and his co-accused to be extradited to the United States. The hearing to decide whether Mr Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato should be sent to the US to face copyright and money-laundering charges, over their file-sharing website Megaupload, continued today. North Shore district court services manager Fiona Parkes -- a witness for the Crown -- today produced several documents she said appeared to be copies of the extradition requests. Mr Dotcom's lawyer Ron Mansfield pointed out the documents were not date-stamped and asked Ms Parkes if she knew whether any originals existed. She said she did not. Yesterday a Justice Ministry employee was unable to confirm if the former Justice Minister, Judith Collins, had seen the provisional arrest warrants and the supporting evidence before the 2012 raid on Mr Dotcom's mansion went ahead. Under the Extradition Act, the Justice Minister is meant to be given a copy of the warrants and supporting evidence, as part of a briefing." (09/30/15)

http://bit.ly/1KRq4lP  

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New Zealand: MPAA … er, US … lawyers say Dotcom paid $3 million for movie copies, should be extradited

September 29, 2015
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Ars Technica Ars Technica    

"In a New Zealand courtroom, the US government has begun making its case as to why Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom should face criminal copyright charges. Dotcom, who was arrested at his Auckland home after a dramatic raid in 2012, has long argued he shouldn't be extradited to the Eastern District of Virginia. Today, Crown lawyer Christine Gordon, representing the [Motion Picture Association of America], read out loud communications between Megaupload executives and users who uploaded copyrighted material to the site." (09/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o839yp3  

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New Zealand: Hearing begins on US regime’s attempt to abduct Kim Dotcom

September 21, 2015
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stuff.co.nz [New Zealand]    

"Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom's long-awaited extradition hearing finally got underway on Monday -- and immediately got bogged down in technical, legal argument. The United States is seeking extradition of Dotcom and his co-accused -- Mathias Ortmann, Fin Batato and Bram van der Kolk -- for alleged copyright and piracy offences. But the first day's business of the hearing was mainly procedural, with lawyers for the United States and those representing Dotcom and his co-accused arguing over what order different parts of the case should be heard. However, Dotcom did secure one early victory, being allowed to bring his own chair to the hearing, saying he needed it because he had back problems." (09/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qxuv684  

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Cuba: Regime forces abduct protesters ahead of Pope Francis’s Havana mass

September 20, 2015
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WSB TV    

"Cuban security personnel have detained at least three people who appeared to be trying to distribute leaflets ahead of Pope Francis's Mass in Havana's Revolution Square. The officials dragged them away and picked up the flyers that were left on one of the streets surrounding the plaza. It's not clear what the protest was about. The three were in white T-shirts and were yelling before they were tackled and dragged away." (09/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p8m7xqh  

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