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Two Egyptian policemen jailed for torturing lawyer to death

CAIRO Two police officers were sentenced on Saturday to 5 years in jail by an Egyptian court for torturing a lawyer to death in a police station in February, a rare penalty against members of the security forces.

Lawyer Karim Hamdy, 27, was arrested in February on charges of taking component in anti-government protests organized by the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement that the military removed from power in mid-2013.

He died two days right after his arrest soon after sustaining fractures to the ribs, bruises and bleeding in the chest and head, the initial forensic report showed.

The lieutenant colonel and major with the national safety agency were found guilty of torturing Hamdy to death.

More than 200 lawyers are behind bars in Egypt for defending the government’s Islamist opponents, according to attorneys and human rights groups.

Egyptian police, notorious for human rights abuses in the course of the rule of autocrat Hosni Mubarak, melted away throughout an uprising which toppled him in 2011. They have considering that produced a robust comeback, with rights groups saying police brutality is widespread in Egypt.

The sentence, which can be appealed, comes a day right after nine other policemen have been referred to a criminal court and charged with beating to death a father of four.

He was one particular of at least 3 males who died in police custody in the space of a week in November, prompting riots in his property town and uncommon media scrutiny of police approaches.

Despite the expanding outcry over such allegations of abuse of suspects, critics blame a culture of impunity for police still only hardly ever getting held to account and have named for an independent body to investigate abuse instances.

The Interior Ministry has mentioned it would investigate all abuse allegations.

An finish to police brutality was one of the essential demands of the 2011 uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. Unlike in the previous, the families of those who have died in custody have been vocal in their demands for transparent investigations.

“The verdict is a condemnation of the torture policy in police station and confirms that the victim was tortured and killed by the two officers,” lawyer Mohamed Othman, representing Hamdy’s family, told Reuters.

“The verdict is a message to all those in power who make light of people’s dignity.”

(Reporting by Haithem Ahmad Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein Editing by Alison Williams)

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Turkish opposition says police bullet might have killed Kurdish lawyer

ISTANBUL A prominent Kurdish lawyer gunned down in southeastern Turkey appeared to have been shot by a policeman who was firing on suspects fleeing the scene of an attack on fellow officers, a deputy from Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition said on Monday.

Diyarbakir city chief prosecutor Ramazan Solmaz stated prosecutors and police forensic teams operating at the site of Elci’s killing were forced to flee on Monday when militants opened fire and threw explosives at an armored police automobile.

Saturday’s killing of Tahir Elci, a lawyer and human rights activist, and Monday’s short incident underlined tensions in the mostly Kurdish region that have grown since a ceasefire with Kurdistan Workers Celebration (PKK) militants collapsed in July.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said Elci might have been caught in the crossfire between police and the militants.

Meral Danis Bestas, a deputy for the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), sent an e-mail to the interior minister soon after viewing a video of the incident which took spot in a narrow street throughout a shootout in between police and militants.

In the video, plain-clothing police standing close to Elci are noticed firing automatic pistols at gunmen fleeing the scene of the attack in Diyarbakir, the region’s biggest city.


“The footage shows a figure operating in the direction of Tahir Elci and the police opening fire in the path of that individual,” Bestas wrote. “A plain-clothes policeman dressed in brown is shown opening fire in the path of Tahir Elci and then he appears as if to see whether or not the cameras are filming him.”

“The autopsy report and the camera footage point to Elci dying as a outcome of a police bullet,” Bestas mentioned.

Shortly before Elci’s killing, two police officers had been shot dead after they stopped a “suspicious automobile” in a nearby street in what Solmaz, the chief prosecutor, stated was an attack by PKK militants.

President Tayyip Erdogan, who founded the governing AK Celebration, has vowed to destroy Kurdish militant fighters since a ceasefire collapsed in July, reigniting a conflict in which some 40,000 men and women have died because it began in 1984.

The HDP, which is represented in parliament and has called for an end to the violence, said Elci had complained of death threats.

“Tahir Elci…was the target of some deep structures which are recognized to have carried out unsolved killings and which these days give open help to the AKP government,” it said.

Unsolved political killings have been frequent at the height of the conflict amongst the state and the PKK in the 1990s.

Elci was facing trial for saying the banned PKK was not a terrorist organization, as it is described by Turkey, the European Union and United States. But he had also condemned PKK violence.

The autopsy showed one bullet had penetrated the back of Elci’s neck. The driver of the taxi in which the suspects arrived at the scene was detained and an arrest warrant was issued for one identified suspect, the prosecutor said.

(Editing by Nick Tattersall)

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Vatican leaks trial postponed till Dec. 7 soon after defendant changes lawyer

VATICAN CITY A higher profile Vatican trial into the theft of confidential Holy See documents was postponed on Monday till Dec. 7 right after a single of the five defendants changed their lawyers, a court official stated.

The trial of a senior Spanish priest, his aide, an Italian consultant and two reporters opened final week and the court had hoped to reach a verdict before the start off of the Roman Catholic Holy Year, which kicks off on Dec. 8.

Nonetheless, PR consultant Francesca Chaouqui has hired a new lawyer, who asked the court for a lot more time to prepare her defense. The panel of three non-clerical judges hearing the case agreed to the request.

(Reporting by Antonio Denti Writing by Crispian Balmer Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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Thousands collect for funeral of prime Kurdish lawyer

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey Thousands gathered for the funeral of Tahir Elci, a Kurdish lawyer and human rights activist gunned down on Saturday in a southern eastern city at the center of months of violence.

The funerals for the two policemen killed in the attack in Diyarbakir also took place.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Sunday the gun found next to Elci’s body was the same weapon used in the attack on the police officers. He vowed to catch the killers.

But Selahattin Demirtas, co-chair of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), cast doubt on whether those responsible would be exposed.

“Our scepticism is fair as so many similar sufferings have taken place on our land in this past,” he said at the funeral. “We were never able to say goodbye to them with our minds at ease thinking those responsible will be caught.”

Police surveillance camera footage released on Saturday showed policemen being shot at from inside a cab, falling onto the ground before the passengers ran on. Another video shows plain clothed police shooting at two men running in the direction Elci was believed to be standing.

Elci, who was shot after speaking to journalists, was facing trial for saying the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) was not a terrorist organization, as the government describes it. He had, however, denounced PKK violence.

Hundreds of people have been killed since a ceasefire between the PKK and Turkish security forces collapsed in July, reigniting a conflict in which some 40,000 people have died since it began in 1984.

Elci’s killing was likely to fuel further unrest in Turkey’s mostly Kurdish southeast.

A curfew had been called in the Sur district of Diyarbakir where the killing took place. On Sunday security forces continued operations to drive back the youth wing of the PKK, removing barricades and trenches, with occasional gunfire and explosions heard.

HDP deputies and leaders of Turkey’s local bar associations gathered at the funeral, where a casket draped in red, with bright yellow flowers was carried by a dense crowd.

Members of the Diyarbakir’s Bar Association stood in front of the hospital from where the body was taken, holding a banned which said “We will not forget you,” in Turkish and Kurdish.

Four investigators have begun work to determine whether the death was an assassination or the result of crossfire. Elci’s brother Ahmet, however, was clear that Elci had been a target:

“My brother is not our first martyr and neither will he be the last,” he said at the funeral. “As a Kurdish intellectual he was slain by the state. We have seen this state murdering Kurdish intellectuals throughout the history. But we will not give up and we will win.”

(Reporting by Seyhmus Cakan in Diyarbakir and Humeyra Pamuk in Istanbul, writing by Dasha Afanasieva, editing by Ros Russell)

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Prime Kurdish lawyer killed in clashes in southeast Turkey

Globe | Sat Nov 28, 2015 5:18am EST


ANKARA A senior lawyer criticized for saying the Kurdistan Workers Celebration (PKK) is not a terrorist group was killed in clashes in Diyarbakir on Saturday, two sources from the pro-Kurdish HDP opposition stated.

Bar Association President Tahir Elci was detained in October and was awaiting trial for comments he made about the PKK on CNN Turk Television.

(Reporting by Gulsen Solaker Writing by Dasha Afanasieva Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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