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by Bjinse on Sun Nov 5th, 2017 at 08:41:54 PM EST
Puigdemont fate hangs on Belgium's European arrest warrant response
Puigdemont, who turned himself in to Belgian police after Spain issued a European arrest warrant for rebellion and misuse of public funds, is barred from leaving Belgium without a judge's consent.


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by Cat on Mon Nov 6th, 2017 at 01:47:37 PM EST
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"Rebellion and misuse of public funds" are, as far as I can see not on the EAW list of crimes for which a defendant should always be extradited. However, a defendant can also be extradited on the basis of double criminality. I would assume rebellion and/or misuse of public funds are crimes in Belgium too.

So, I think they will be extradited.

One possible avenue of defense would be to claim that the actions they are accused of doesn't meet the criterias of such crimes in Belgium. Claiming that they can't get a fair trial in Spain is unlikely to work.

by fjallstrom on Mon Nov 6th, 2017 at 02:49:29 PM EST
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I tend to treat press reported "crime" as paraphrase of language in statutes. Whence many popular misunderstandings of what is punishable and what is permitted. "Technicalities" as the journalists' style books would phrase it, popular misunderstandings of what is punishable and what is permitted.

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by Cat on Mon Nov 6th, 2017 at 03:52:30 PM EST
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How Britain did Gaddafi's dirty work - Guardian


As the CIA and MI6 built relationships with Libya, the two agencies assisted Libyan spies in the kidnapping of Gaddafi's enemies. Two leading figures in the Libyan opposition who had fled the country were kidnapped, one from Hong Kong, one from Thailand, and flown back to Tripoli along with their wives and children. Both men were tortured. MI6 gave their Libyan counterparts questions for the prisoners, who, under extreme duress, led them to other Libyan dissidents in exile.

Opponents of the Gaddafi regime who had been living legally in the UK for years were detained by British police, and the British government made a determined attempt to have them deported to Tripoli. Asylum seekers and British-Libyan nationals in Manchester and London were menaced by Gaddafi's agents, who were invited into the UK and permitted to operate on the streets of Britain alongside MI5. British intelligence handed over details of the targets' telephone calls to the ESO, and their relatives and friends in Libya were arrested and threatened.

Details of the dark arrangements made by the intelligence agencies of the US, UK and Libya have been gleaned through interviews with government officials and victims of rendition, British government documents disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act, and material that emerged during a lengthy Scotland Yard investigation and a number of civil trials. In large part, however, what follows is based on several extraordinary caches of secret British, American and Libyan intelligence documents that were discovered amid the chaos of the Libyan revolution in 2011, scattered around abandoned government offices, prisons and officials' private residences. Many of the most intriguing documents were found by Libyan civilians and human rights activists in September that year inside ESO's offices. Others came to light in various government outposts after Gaddafi was captured and killed the following month. All together, they amount to many thousands of pages.

These papers show that the post-9/11 rapprochement between the Gaddafi regime and the west - and Tony Blair's government in particular - went far deeper than was previously known.

by Bjinse on Thu Nov 9th, 2017 at 09:02:41 PM EST
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Britin has a long and grubby track record of accomodating truly odious regimes in order to maximise temporary advantage.

Nobody who has watched the UK government's track record will be in the least bit surprised at how dirty the accord with Gadaffi was. Too many people in Blair's Cabinet were deeply morally compromised, Jack Straw foremost among them. So, of course this shit went down

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Nov 12th, 2017 at 10:07:29 PM EST
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Since I remembered some of the shit the west had been up to in supporting Gaddafi, I was quite surprised when he became villain of the week in 2011. Still, not as surprised as Gaddafi, I bet.
by fjallstrom on Wed Nov 15th, 2017 at 08:55:05 PM EST
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European Court to Decide Whether U.K. Mass Surveillance Revealed by Snowden Violates Human Rights
A panel of 10 judges at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, held a hearing Tuesday [7 NOV 2017] to examine the U.K. government's large-scale electronic spying operations, following three separate challenges brought by a dozen human rights groups, including Amnesty International, Privacy International, the American Civil Liberties Union, Big Brother Watch, the Open Rights Group, and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.
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Government lawyer James Eadie told the court that using surveillance systems to collect and store communications is not itself a violation of privacy. Instead, he said, privacy is only violated when there is "sentient examination" of communications - in other words, when a human analyst reads or listens to individual messages or calls. This will be a key point of contention for the Strasbourg judges to consider.

chamber hearing (running time 02:53:36)

  • Big Brother Watch and Others v. the United Kingdom (no. 58170/13)

  • Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Alice Ross v. the United Kingdom (no. 62322/14)

  • 10 Human Rights Organisations and Others v. the United Kingdom (no. 24960/15)

precedent: Joined Cases C‑203/15 and C‑698/15, Judgment, 21 Dec 2016

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by Cat on Fri Nov 10th, 2017 at 01:27:13 AM EST
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EU Court Adviser Cracks Whip on German Religious Employers

This is a remarkable case in that the complaint, the merits, deference to state sovereignty, and the remedy are so alien to US folklore.

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by Cat on Fri Nov 10th, 2017 at 05:44:25 AM EST
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It happens again
Wer kurz vor Wolfsburg mit seinem Koffer zum Ausstieg bereit an der ICE-Türe stand, musste sich bald wieder hinsetzen: Statt anzuhalten, fuhr am Sonntag ein Schnellzug an seiner planmäßigen Station vorbei.

Eigentlich hätte der ICE 555 auf dem Weg von Köln nach Berlin um 12.02 in der VW-Stadt haltmachen sollen. Reisende mit dem Ziel Wolfsburg mussten stattdessen bis Stendal im Zug bleiben und mit dem IC 1071 zurückfahren.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Nov 14th, 2017 at 09:30:56 AM EST
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