Tag Archives: political prisoners

UK: Prosecutors admit destroying key emails in Julian Assange case

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The Crown Prosecution Service is facing embarrassment after admitting it destroyed key emails relating to the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy fighting extradition. Email exchanges between the CPS and its Swedish counterparts over the high-profile case were deleted after the lawyer at the UK end retired in 2014. The destruction of potentially sensitive and revealing information comes ahead of a tribunal hearing in London next week. Adding to the intrigue, it emerged the CPS lawyer involved had, unaccountably, advised the Swedes in 2010 or 2011 not to visit London to interview Assange. An interview at that time could have prevented the long-running embassy standoff.” (11/10/17)


Russia: Police arrest Libertarians during Adam Smith Forum

Source: Freedom Today Network

“Last weekend, the Libertarian Party of Russia was co-organising the Adam Smith Forum, an annual conference on classical liberalism, in Moscow. The topics discussed included railway nationalisation, universal basic income, smart contracts and many more — by no means anyone called for an armed anti-government riot. However, when a group of guests and speakers were going on a lunch break they were brutally searched, arrested and taken to the police station. Once again: in 2017, in the centre of Moscow, police arrest the participants of an academic conference! Some of the detainees were not released until late at night, others are still kept under arrest; some were accused of participating in an unauthorised rally and are now serving 15 days in jail.” [hat tip — Independent Political Report] (11/07/17)


Belgium: Puigdemont freed as court mulls Spanish regime’s arrest demand

Source: Bloomberg

“Ousted [sic] Catalan president Carles Puigdemont was released after less than a day in custody as a court in Brussels considers how to respond to a Spanish demand for his arrest. Puigdemont and four former members of his government are barred from leaving Belgium without the court’s consent and must comply with all summons made by judicial or police authorities, the Brussels prosecutor’s office said in a statement early Monday. Puigdemont and the other separatists had turned themselves in to police on Sunday morning. … The Belgian judge’s decision leaves Puigdemont free for now to continue to challenge [Spanish prime minister Mariono] Rajoy, who called regional elections for Dec. 21 in a bid to draw a line under the secessionist challenge.” (11/06/17)


Zimbabwe: Regime jails American activist-journalist over tweet

Source: Toronto Star [Canada]

“Zimbabwean police on Friday charged U.S. human rights activist and television producer Martha O’Donovan with attempting to overthrow the government of President Robert Mugabe by allegedly sending out a tweet deemed to be offensive, according to lawyers. Police raided her apartment in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, around 5 a.m. and took her to the Harare Central Police Station. She was charged in the late afternoon. Police claimed O’Donovan had tweeted, ‘We are being led by a selfish man and a sick man,’ and charged her under the country’s repressive laws.” (11/04/17)


Spain: Regime issues European arrest warrant for president of Catalonia

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“A Spanish judge has issued an international arrest warrant for Catalonia’s ousted [sic] president a day after she jailed eight members of the region’s separatist government pending possible charges over last week’s declaration of independence. In the latest twist in Spain’s worst political crisis in four decades, a national court judge on Friday issued a European arrest warrant for Carles Puigdemont in response to a request from state prosecutors. Puigdemont flew to Brussels earlier this week with a handful of his deposed [sic] ministers after Spanish authorities [claimed to have] removed him and his cabinet from office for pushing ahead with the declaration despite repeated warnings that it was illegal.” [editor’s note: Since Catalonia is not an EU or Interpol member state yet, are European arrest warrants for Catalonian citizens valid? – TLK] (11/03/17)


Spain: Court orders Catalan cabinet members held as political prisoners

Source: Washington Post

“Hours after a judge sent eight former Catalan Cabinet members to jail without bail and ordered another to be held pending a bail payment, the suspects have been taken from a Madrid court in police vans with sirens wailing. The seven men and two women were reportedly being distributed among prisons in the Madrid area. Investigative Magistrate Carmen Lamela’s ruling Thursday granted the request of prosecutors after the nine were questioned at the National Court in Madrid. Under Spain’s legal system, investigating judges can order the detention of suspects while a comprehensive probe, sometimes taking months, determines if charges should be brought.” (11/02/17)


Spain: Prosecutors ask judge to have Catalan officials held prisoner

Source: Independent [Ireland]

“Spain’s National Court has been questioning ousted Catalan government members in an investigation into possible rebellion charges for having declared the region’s independence. A parallel Supreme Court session for six Catalan lawmakers was postponed for a week. Prosecutors called on the National Court in Madrid to jail all nine former members of the Catalan government who appeared for questioning. The request was for unconditional jail for eight of the politicians, while bail could be set for the remaining one. It was not immediately clear how the judge would rule on the request.” (11/02/17)


West Bank: Israeli troops raid multiple media outlets

Source: Haaretz [Israel]

“The Israeli army raided the offices of TV channels and production companies in the West Bank overnight on Tuesday, confiscating equipment and closing some of them down. The IDF Spokesperson said that eight media companies were raided and two Palestinians were arrested. The Palestinian Authority condemned the raids, stating that the operation’s central goal was to ‘sabotage’ those ‘exposing the occupation’s crimes.’ … The Israeli army said the media companies, raided by joint forces of the IDF, the Shin Bet, and the civil administration, are suspected of distributing incitement materials, and that Israel will ‘continue to take action against incitement to terror’ because it ‘leads directly to terrorist attacks.'” (10/18/17)


Catalonia: New protests after Spanish invaders jail secessionist leaders

Source: US News & World Report

“Protesters were gathering for a fresh round of demonstrations in Barcelona Tuesday to demand the release of two leaders of Catalonia’s pro-independence movement who were jailed in a sedition probe. A Madrid judge on Monday provisionally jailed Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, the leaders of grassroots organizations Catalan National Assembly and Omnium Cultural. The judge ruled they were the orchestrators of massive demonstrations Sept. 20-21 in Barcelona that hindered a police operation against preparations for the Oct. 1 independence referendum. … ‘We urge the release of our political prisoners and call on Catalan authorities to revoke the suspension of the independence declaration and proclaim the Catalan republic,’ said Aina Delgado Morell, a representative of Universitats per la Republica, a pro-independence student organization.” (10/17/17)


MI: Mom jailed for refusing to vaccinate her nine-year-old son

Source: Detroit Free Press

“A Ferndale mother was jailed this morning for ignoring a court order to vaccinate her 9-year-old son. Rebecca Bredow, 40, will spend seven days in the Oakland County Jail for contempt of court after she refused an order Judge Karen McDonald gave her last week. Bredow told McDonald that vaccinating the child went against her religious beliefs and she couldn’t bring herself to do it. Bredow’s ex-husband, James Horne, wants the child immunized and has been in court since last year trying to get it. … Horne will have temporary custody of the child with an opportunity to get the boy vaccinated, a prospect that alarmed Joel Dorfman of Michigan for Vaccine Choice, a group that advocates for parents’ rights to refuse vaccines. ‘If this child is injured as a result of being given eight immunizations, who do you think is going to take care of the child?’ Dorfman told the Free Press. ‘The judge?'” (10/04/17)