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Ahmed H.’s trial, act two

Freedom for Röszke 11from Free the Röszke 11

Ahmed H.’s trial, act two – 2nd instance court decides Ahmed H.s terrorism charges need to be re-consider due to “lack of reasoning and interpretation”

Two days ago, on the 15th of June 2017 in Szeged, Hungary, Ahmed H. had his second instance trial, after being sentenced to 10 years of prison on the 30th of November 2016 for committing an “act of terrorism“.

The prosecution, obviously, emphasized that the first instance hearings followed European law guidelines. They demanded a higher sentence for Ahmed H., close to 17,5 years. The new lawyer, P. Bárándy – former minister of justice of the socialist-liberal coalition – seemed well prepared and questioned many contradictory interpretations of the first instance judgment.

The defense argued that the verdict is faulty, using “special” words to create a “certain” atmosphere, containing non-relevant information (for example Ahmed H’s religious affiliations) and that “there are about 200 technical errors”. The evidence, according to the defense, was used selectively to support the argument of Ahmed H. being a terrorist.

The judge decided to refer the case back to the first instance court, claiming that although the evidences were properly established, there was a lack of reasoning and interpretation. The judge also suggested, that the first instance court needs to set up if Ahmed H’s acts (especially the alleged stone throwing) were a “deliberate attempt of forcing the state” or an act of “despair” or “anger” in order to determine if the terrorism accusation is correct.

A couple of days ago, Orbán responded to the criticism of the EU parliament regarding the trial of Ahmed H., saying that “the obvious lies of Ahmed H.” are more important to Brussels than the security of Hungarians, since they ignore the “fact” that “Ahmed H. had seven passports and he convinced other migrants to break through the border.”

In the end it is necessary to doubt in the first instance court-decision and support the efforts of Ahmed H’s defense. But should we rest our hopes in the Hungarian legal system and believe in their independence? Didn’t the whole Röszke trials expose the Hungarian legal system as the willing servant of the government’s ambitions? We think that the “new” first instance trial will be as much dependent on the political atmosphere as the previous ones. In the end it is not a question of “law” and “objective reasoning” but rather a political struggle. We believe in a world of equality, dignity and freedom for all. We will keep on fighting until Ahmed H. is free and we will not fall for the attempts of creating a fiction of legality.

P.S.
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Account holder: Rote Hilfe e.V. Ortsgruppe Frankfurt
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Spendenaufruf: Strafprozess in Luxembourg gegen AsylrechtsaktivistInnen

march for freedom 2014

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Rote Hilfe e.V.
Sparkasse Göttingen
IBAN: DE 25 2605 0001 0056 0362 39
BIC: NOLADE21GOE

2 1/2 Jahre nach dem international organisierten March for Freedom sind 6 AktvistInnen in Luxembourg-Stadt angeklagt. Während eines Aktionstags am 5.6.2014 war es in Luxembourg auf dem Kirchberg zu 13 brutalen Festnahmen während einer Demonstration gekommen. Anlass war eine Tagung der EU-Innenminister zum Thema „Kampf gegen illegale Immigration.“
Den Angeklagten wird gemeinschaftlicher Verstoß gegen Art. 269 des Luxemburger StGB vorgeworfen (Rebellion), zudem noch einzeln Körperverletzung, Sachbeschädigung, Beleidigung und Widerstand.
Beim selbstorganisierten March for Freedom marschierten ca. 100 AktivstInnen von Mai bis Juni 2014 mehr als 500 km von Straßburg nach Brüssel. Sie überquerten friedlich 6 EU-Landesgrenzen und organisierten Aktionstage in mehreren Städten sowie ein einwöchiges Protestcamp in Brüssel, um gegen die europäische Migrations- und Asylpolitik zu protestieren.
In Luxembourg hatte eine Delegation von Geflüchteten um Mitsprache beider EU-Innenministerkonferenz gebeten. Dem friedlichen Protest wurde daraufhin ein massiver Polizeieinsatz entgegengesetzt. Mit Reizgas, Schlagstöcke und Hunden ohne Maulkorb ging die BeamtInnen auf die Protestierenden los.
Eine Aktivistin wurde von einem Hund gebissen und mehrere Teilnehmende erlitten Verletzungen durch Reizgas und Schläge. Auch Polizisten wurden durch ihr eigenes Reizgas verletzt und wollen dies den AktivistInnen anlasten!
13 Teilnehmende wurden festgenommen. Einige wurden anschließend auf der Wache misshandelt und rassistisch erniedrigt. Der Einsatz brachte der Luxemburger Polizei heftige Kritik im eigenen Land ein. Auf direkte Anordnung des Luxemburger Innenministeriums wurden alle 13 Verhaftete wenige Stunden später entlassen und konnten ohne weiteres das Land verlassen.
Luxemburger JuristInnen kritisierten den „unverhältnismäßigen Einsatz von Gewalt“ seitens der Polizei. Ein Untersuchungsausschuss des Innenministeriums befasste sich daraufhin mit dem Einsatz. Mehr als 2 Jahre nach dem Vorfall, kurz vor Ende der Verjährungsfrist, erhob die Staatsanwaltschaft dann Anklage.
Die Hauptverhandlung in Luxembourg wurde 2016 zweimal vertagt, das zweite Mal weil das Gericht keinen Dolmetscher für einen der Angeklagten bestellt hatte. Der nächste Termin ist für den 5. und 6. April 2017 festgesetzt. Wer zur Prozessbeobachtung mit nach Luxemburg reisen möchte, ist willkommen. Reisekosten können leider nicht übernommen werden.
Die Prozess- und Anfahrtskosten haben inzwischen ein beträchtliches Niveau erreicht. Wir sind ca. 2000 EUR im Minus und freuen uns über finanzielle Unterstützung und Publicity für diesen Fall. Über Google findet man bereits zahlreiche Presseberichte. Unsere Statements stehen auf unseren Blogs (s.u.).

Spenden bitte unbedingt mit Verwendungszweck „M4F“ an:
Rote Hilfe e.V.
Sparkasse Göttingen
IBAN: DE 25 2605 0001 0056 0362 39
BIC: NOLADE21GOE
Presseberichte:
http://www.taz.de/Brutaler-Polizeieinsatz-in-Luxemburg/!139936/
http://www.tageblatt.lu/nachrichten/story/Ausschreitungen-bei-Minister-Treffen-26455230

Blog:
https://freedomnotfrontex.noblogs.org/

Press contact:
emal_g@hotmail.com
01575 373 0574

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Help fund defense of asylum activists against criminal charges in Luxemburg

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Two and a half years after the international mobilization for the March for Freedom, six activists were charged with serious crimes in Luxembourg. Thirteen activists were brutally arrested during Day of Action demonstration on June 5, 2014. They were demonstrating against the European Union Conference of the Ministers of the Interior, on the subject “the fight against illegal immigration.” The arrested activists were accused of violating Article 269 of the Luxembourg Criminal Code – i.e. Rebellion. In addition there were also charges of personal injury, property damage, insulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

100 activists participated in the March for Freedom. From May to June 2014, they marched 500 kilometers from Strasbourg to Brussels. In their protest against the European migration and asylum policies, the activists peacefully crossed six EU boarders and organized days of action in many cities, and a one week protest camp in Brussels.

In Luxembourg a delegation of refugees requested the right to address the EU conference of the Ministers of the Interior. There was a massive police action against the March for Freedom protesters. The Police officers moved against the protesters with tear gas, clubs and dogs without muzzles.

One activist was bitten by a dog and many participants suffered injuries from the tear gas and beatings. Some police sustained injuries from their own tear gas, and wanted to blame this on the activists!

Thirteen participants were arrested. Some of them were then abused and humiliated at the police station. The police action brought sharp public criticism about the Luxembourg police in their own country. After a few hours, the Luxembourg Ministry of the Interior ordered all thirteen of the arrested activists to be released, and they were able to leave the country without further problems.

Luxembourg lawyers criticized the “disproportionate use of force” by the police. The Ministry of the Interior investigation committee then dealt with the police deployment. More than two years later, just before the end of the limitation period, the Prosecutor pressed charges.

The actual trial was postponed twice in 2016; the second time was because the state did not have a translator for one of the defendants. The next date for the trial is set for April 5th and 6th 2017. We welcome all who would like to join in monitoring the trial. Unfortunately, we are not able to pay for travel expenses.

The court and travel costs have bin significant. We are in debt for over EU 2000 in this case. We would appreciate financial support and publicity for this case. One can find many press reports on this case through Google. Our statements are posted on our blogs (see below)

Press reports:

http://www.taz.de/Brutaler-Polizeieinsatz-in-Luxemburg/!139936/

http://www.tageblatt.lu/nachrichten/story/Ausschreitungen-bei-Minister-Treffen-26455230

Blog: https://freedomnotfrontex.noblogs.org/

Press contact: emal_g@hotmail.com 01575 373 0574