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Τουρκία Ερτογάν: Άρθρα Guardian Reuters Σύλληψη εκ νέου, αρχισυντάκτης της μεγαλύτερης εφημερίδας που αποκάλυψε διασύνδεση του με τζιχατιστές, όπλα για πετρέλαιο

Ο Ερτογάν προμήθευε με όπλα τους τζιχατιστές στην Συρία και αυτοί του πουλούσαν φτηνό πετρέλαιο

Αυτό αποκαλύφθηκε με βίντεο από την πιο παλιά και μεγαλύερη εφημερίδα της Τουρκίας

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-turkey-arms-idUSKBN0OE28T20150529

Fri May 29, 2015 | 1:33pm EDT
Video purports to show Turkish intelligence shipping arms to Syria

 

A Turkish newspaper published video footage on Friday which it said showed security forces discovering weapons parts being sent to Syria on trucks belonging to the MIT state intelligence agency.

The footage shows gendarmerie and police officers opening crates on the back of the trucks which contain what newspaper Cumhuriyet described as weapons and ammunition. Cumhuriyet said the video was from Jan. 19, 2014 but did not say how it had obtained the footage.

Reuters reported last week that witnesses and prosecutors have alleged that MIT helped deliver arms to parts of Syria under Islamist rebel control during late 2013 and early 2014, quoting a prosecutor and court testimony from gendarmerie officers.

Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the video footage, but the license plates on several of the vehicles matched those given in witness testimony seen by Reuters relating to the Jan. 19 search in the southern province of Adana.

President Tayyip Erdogan has said the trucks stopped that day belonged to MIT and were carrying aid to Turkmens in Syria. He has said prosecutors had no authority to search MIT vehicles and were part of what he calls a «parallel state» run by his political enemies and bent on discrediting the government.

The state-run Anadolu news agency said the Istanbul chief prosecutor’s office had launched an investigation into Cumhuriyet’s editor-in-chief under counter-terrorism laws after the footage was published on its website.

Syria and some of Turkey’s Western allies say Turkey, in its haste to see President Bashar al-Assad toppled, let fighters and arms go over the border to hardline Islamist rebel groups in Syria.

Ankara has denied arming Syria’s rebels or assisting hardline Islamists. Diplomats and Turkish officials say it has in recent months imposed tighter controls on its borders.

The witness testimony and the footage appear to contradict Turkey’s denials that it sent arms to Syrian rebels.

Part of the Cumhuriyet footage seen by Reuters but not published on the newspaper’s website shows gendarmerie and police officers surrounding the three trucks and a passenger car. One man is seen being brought down from the cab of one of the trucks, before being shown what appears to be a prosecutor’s search warrant.

«Don’t touch me, don’t touch. You’re going to see my ID,» the man says as he is pulled from the cab.

«Don’t treat me like you have captured a terrorist,» another man tells a gendarmerie officer who has handcuffed him.
According to witness testimony and the prosecutor’s report, the three trucks were allowed to continue their journey after MIT officials accompanying them threatened police.

More than 30 gendarmerie officers involved in the Jan. 19 search and the attempted search of another truck a few weeks earlier now face charges including military espionage and attempting to overthrow the government, according to an April 2015 Istanbul court document.

They deny the charges, according to their lawyers and their testimony.

(Reporting by Hamdi Istanbullu and Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Andrew Roche)

Ο Ερτογάν δημόσια στην τηλεόραση αναφέρθηκε στο περιστατικό σαν κρατικό μυστικό και ότι ο διευθυντής ειδήσεων της εφημερίδας θα τιμωρηθεί πάρα πολύ αυστηρά……….

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec/28/truth-president-erdogan-jailed-turkey-regime-state-security-crime

Photograph: Kayhan Ozer/AP
Monday 28 December 2015 16.49 GMT Last modified on Thursday 11 August 2016 10.55 BST
In Turkey, a debate as old as government itself is on the agenda again. This time, it is the Turkish government’s secret arms transfer to Syria that has revitalised the subject.

Early in 2014, a truck understood to belong to the Turkish intelligence service (MIT) was stopped near the Syrian border. The gendarmerie and the intelligence officials in control of the convoy pulled guns on each other. This was the moment the two blocks vying to rule the state came face to face. The truck was searched. Beneath the camouflage composed of medicines boxes, weapons and ammunition were found. The truck was held for a while, but following the intervention of government officials a safe passage into Syria was granted.

The government immediately discharged the prosecutor and gendarmerie who stopped the convoy and had them arrested. It was declared that the trucks contained humanitarian aid. This incident, which fuelled allegations that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government was intervening in the Syrian civil war, was rapidly covered up.
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In May 2015, however, Cumhuriyet Daily, the newspaper I serve as the editor-in-chief, acquired the footage of this incident. It was clearly visible that the truck was loaded with arms. It was thus documented that the intelligence service was illegally carrying arms into the civil war raging in a neighbouring country. This was big news. We published details of the operation with photos, and uploaded the video to our website.

Erdoğan was in a fix. He couldn’t refute the story, so instead chose to censor the publication and threaten the journalist responsible, who was me. In a live broadcast on a state TV channel, he said: “The person who wrote this story will pay a heavy price for it; I won’t let him go unpunished.” He added that the footage was a “state secret”, and that publishing it was an act of “espionage”. Furthermore, as if to confirm that this was not the state’s secret but his secret, he filed a personal complaint to the prosecutor’s office.

The punishment he demanded for me was two life sentences – for “treason” and for “acquiring and publishing classified information for the purpose of espionage”. This signalled the arrest of those of us who were well aware that the president of the republic’s wishes are received as orders by the judges of the criminal court. Thus, on 26 November I was arrested along with Erdem Gül, our Ankara bureau chief, who published the gendarmerie’s “Yes, the trucks had guns” report. Just 10 days before my arrest, I received a Reporters Without Borders press freedom award on behalf of Cumhuriyet.

Will Erdoğan allow greater press freedom in Turkey? Don’t count on it
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Following criticism of the arrests from domestic and international press and human rights organisations, the minister of justice declared that “every country is sensitive on security” and cited Julian Assange and Edward Snowden as examples. The US ambassador to Turkey responded: “We chased after those that leaked the information, not those that published it.”

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This was yet another blow for the oppressive Erdoğan regime, which has plummeted in the press freedom rankings. It also sparked questions that have surfaced time and time again in many scandals, from Iran-Contra to Watergate, from the Pentagon Papers to the Clive Ponting affair. When the state’s need for security contradicts the public’s right to information, which carries a higher priority? Can the threat to security be an excuse for government attempts to muzzle the media? When the stamp of “state secret” has turned into a veil concealing the dirty dealings of administrations, is it not the duty of a journalist to tear it away? Who determines what is in the best interests of the society?

As a journalist detained in solitary confinement in a prison in İstanbul, faced with accusations of “espionage”, I have been seeking answers to these questions. My conclusion is that no label of “state secret” and no rationale for “state security” permits a state crime. Thus I defend myself with Winston Churchill’s words: “The Official Secrets Act was devised to protect the national defence … and ought not to be used to shield ministers who have a strong personal interest in concealing the truth.”

Είχε τεθεί επανειλημμένως υπό σύλληψη και σήμερα συνελήφθει ξανά…..

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-newspaper-idUSKBN13007Y?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FworldNews+%28Reuters+World+News%29

Sat Nov 5, 2016 | 3:54am EDT

Turkey orders formal arrest of nine Cumhuriyet executives and journalists: NTV

urkish authorities ordered the formal arrest pending trial on Saturday of nine executives and journalists of a leading opposition newspaper following their detention on Monday, broadcaster NTV said.

The detention of the editor and senior staff of Cumhuriyet over the secularist newspaper’s alleged support for a failed coup in July was described by a top EU politician as the crossing of a red line against freedom of expression.

(Writing by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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Η δημοκρατία σας βρωμάει χούντα… Η απόλυτη αυθαιρεσία κ ο θεσμικός ρατσισμός στην πράξη…Δύο επιστολές από δικηγόρο με τις οποίες ζητούσε τα διατάγματα π είναι απαραίτητα να πάει δικαστήριο έμειναν απλά ανάπαντητες και τελικά απέλασαν ΠΑΡΑΝΟΜΑ έναν άνθρωπο έτσι απλά…Αρνούνται ακόμα και να σχολιάσουν στην Cyprus Mail εφημερίδα όλες αυτές τις καταγγελίες

 

Δύο άνθρωποι συναντώνται, κοιτάζει ο ένας τον άλλο ερωτεύονται και αποφασίζουν να είναι μαζί!

Δύο άνθρωποι αποφασίζουν να μοιραστούν την ζωή τους, να παντρευτούν και να ζήσουν ευτυχισμένοι και αγαπημένοι μαζί……

…αν ζείτε στην Κύπρο όμως και τυγχάνει να μην είστε ποτλιτογραφημένοι στην θεική ράτσα της αρείας καθαρόαιμης κυπριακής φυλής ξανασκεφτείτε το σημείο που λέει «δύο άνθρωποι αποφασίζουν»

Στην Κύπρο μας την θαλασσοδαρμένη, το νησί της Αφροδίτης και του έρωτα δεν είναι μόνο αυτοί οι δύο άνθρωποι που θα πρέπει να το αποφασίσουν

Θα πρέπει να το αποφασίσει τουλάχιστον ακόμα ένας άνθρωπος

Ένας άνθρωπος που εδώ και 10 χρόνια έχει ριζώσει στο ιμιγκρέισιον της Κύπρου μας

Ένας άνθρωπος που εδώ και 10 χρόνια είναι ο απόλυτος άρχων επί του ποιος παντρεύεται ποιος μένει και ποιος φεύγει από το καλοκλάγαθο αυτό νησί με τους φιλόξενους ανθρώπους  (εδώ κάνουμε εμετό από συγκίνηση)

Ένας άνθρωπος που εδώ και 10 χρόνια για κάποιος λόγο κανένας δεν τολμά να τον ακουμπήσει παρόλο που έχει εξευτελίσει άπειρες φορές την Κύπρο μας το χρυσοπράσινο φύλο ριγμένο στον ρατσιστικό οχετό της κοινωνίας που συντηρεί το μίσος

Από όπου και να το πιάσεις βρωμάει

Ο θεσμικός ρατσισμός σε όλα τα επίπεδα που δεν σέβεται σε κανένα σημείο την ανθρώπινη υπόσταση, που δεν σέβεται σε κανένα σημείο όσα κατακτήθηκαν και ονομάζονται κράτος δικαίου που σέβεται τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα και μπλα μπλα

Μόνο από αυτό εδώ το μπλοκ έχουν γραφτεί μυριάδες ιστορίες αυθαιρεσίας που δεν σέβονται τα αυτονόητα όπως είναι πχ αποφάσεις του Ανωτάτου Δικαστηρίου που διατάσσουν την απελευθέρωση ανθρώπων

Χ Ο Υ Ν Τ Α ! ! Παρά την τεράστια νίκη με Αποφαση Ανωτάτου στην αίτηση habeas corpus 152/10-Αμεση διαταγή για απελευθέρωση- Παρακοή Αποφασης Ανωτάτου από το Κράτος!!!!!!! ρατσιστές Σαββίδη+Σιακαλή που δεν τον αφήνουν ελεύθερο!!!!Αφηνίασαν!! Χούντα κυριολεκτικά

https://osr55.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/χ-ο-υ-ν-τ-α-παρά-την-τεράστια-νίκη-με-απο/

 
ΧΟΥΝΤΑ! Απόφαση Ανωτάτου Δικαστηρίου που διατάσσει την απελευθέρωση μετανάστη που κρατείται ΠΑΡΑΝΟΜΑ για 12 μήνες ΔΕΝ εφαρμόζεται από το κράτος!!!! Θαύμασε το κράτος και τους θεσμούς σου φιλήσυχε φιλειρηνικέ πατριωτάκη και έρχεται η σειρά σου

https://osr55.wordpress.com/2012/10/27/χουντα-απόφαση-ανωτάτου-δικαστηρίου/

 

Καταπέλτης 36σελιδο ριπορτ της Διεθνούς Αμνηστία που καταγράφει με λεπτομέρεια πως η κύπρος (ΔΕΝ) σέβεται τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα – Τιμωρία χωρίς Έγκλημα από την χώρα της υποκρισίας και του θράσσους

https://osr55.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/%CE%BA%CE%B1%CF%84%CE%B1%CF%80%CE%AD%CE%BB%CF%84%CE%B7%CF%82-36%CF%83%CE%B5%CE%BB%CE%B9%CE%B4%CE%BF-%CF%81%CE%B9%CF%80%CE%BF%CF%81%CF%84-%CF%84%CE%B7%CF%82-%CE%B4%CE%B9%CE%B5%CE%B8%CE%BD%CE%BF%CF%8D/

ardian: Cyprus criticised over treatment of asylum seekers EU country is accused of ignoring supreme court decisions and keeping asylum seekers in unhealthy conditions
https://osr55.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/guardian-cyprus-criticised-over-treatment-of-asylum-seekers-eu-country-is-accused-of-ignoring-supreme-court-decisions-and-keeping-asylum-seekers-in-unhealthy-conditions/
Η άγνοια νόμου από τους δικαστές που επιβάλλουν φυλάκιση ενώ ο νόμος ορίζει ρητά ότι δεν υπόκειται σε φυλάκιση… Τα παπαγαλάκια που σπέρνουν το μίσος και τον ρατσισμό και στο απυρόβλητο τα παράσιτα τράπεζες/βιομηχανοι/εφοπλιστές κλπ
https://osr55.wordpress.com/2012/11/10

 
Έκκληση για βοηθεία στον Majid ο οποίος κρατειτο παράνομα πέραν των 4 χρόνων, το Ανώτατο Δικαστήριο διέταξε την απελευθέρωση του στις 22/11/2012 αλλά οι κυπριακές αρχές δεν τον αφήνουν να ζήσει με όση αξιοπρέπεια του έμεινε. Κόλλησε Ηπατίτιδα Γ στις φυλακές και είναι μετέωρος στο πουθενά. Επιστολή στον Υπ Εσ και κοινοποίηση Ευρ Επιτροπή, Διεθνή Αμνηστία, Επίτροπο Διοικήσεως Future World Center
https://osr55.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/%CE%AD%CE%BA%CE%BA%CE%BB%CE%B7%CF%83%CE%B7-%CE%B3%CE%B9%CE%B1-%CE%B2%CE%BF%CE%B7%CE%B8%CE%B5%CE%AF%CE%B1-%CF%83%CF%84%CE%BF%CE%BD-majid-%CE%BF-%CE%BF%CF%80%CE%BF%CE%AF%CE%BF%CF%82-%CE%BA%CF%81%CE%B1/

 
Ίδιες υποθέσεις δύο διαφορετικοί δικαστές δύο διαφορετικές αποφάσεις! Μην εμπιστεύεστε την δικαιοσύνη…τάδε έφη Πέτρος Κληρίδης ΜΗΝ εμπιστεύεστε τους θεσμούς του κράτους..τάδε έφη δικαστής ανωτάτου δικαστηρίου Καλλής… εγώ τι να πω;; αντε και γαμήσου ηλίθιε φιλειρηνικέ τζοιμισμένε κυπρέε
https://osr55.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/%CE%AF%CE%B4%CE%B9%CE%B5%CF%82-%CF%85%CF%80%CE%BF%CE%B8%CE%AD%CF%83%CE%B5%CE%B9%CF%82-%CE%B4%CF%8D%CE%BF-%CE%B4%CE%B9%CE%B1%CF%86%CE%BF%CF%81%CE%B5%CF%84%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%BF%CE%AF-%CE%B4%CE%B9%CE%BA/

 
Ασύστολες παραβιάσεις ρητών ορισμών του νόμου…επιβολή φυλάκισης για ένα αδίκημα που δεν υφίσταται και ρητά ο νόμος ορίζει ότι δεν υπόκειτιαι σε ποινή φυλάκισης… η αυθαιρεσία του κυπριακού κράτους στο μεγαλείο του σε όλες τις βαθμίδες μέχρι το ανώτατο δικαστήριο

https://osr55.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/ασύστολες-παραβιάσεις-ρητών-ορισμών/

 
Απόφαση ολομέλειας Ανωτάτου Δικαστηρίου….η Κύπρος αποτελεί την τραγελαφική εξαίρεση….. η Ευρωπαική Επιτροπή έφτασε στο σημείο να παρέμβει μετά από αντινομική και πέραν πάση λογικής απόφασης του Ανωτάτου Δικαστηρίου κράζοντας τους και αναγκάζοντας την κυπρουλα μας να αλλάξει το νόμο
https://osr55.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/

 

Πλέον έχουν ξεφύγει τόσο που δεν ξέρεις που έχουν πάει….

Για να μπορέσεις να καταχωρήσεις προσφυγή στο Ανώτατο Δικαστήριο σύμφωνα με νέες οδηγίες με εγκύκλιο του ημερομηνίας 3 Δεκεμβρίου 2013 θα πρέπει να καταχωρήσεις μαζί και την διοικητική πράξη που προσβάλλεις, δηλαδή το διάταγμα απέλασης, το διάταγμα με το οποίο κηρύττουν τον γάμο εικονικό κλπ

Στις 20 Ιανουαρίου 2013 ημερομηνία που γυρίστηκε το βίντεο που μιλά η καημένη η κοπέλα που είχε την ατυχία να έρτει μες τουντον τόπο

έγινε επίσκεψη στα κρατητήρια Μενόγιας στον κρατούμενο σύζυγο της κοπέλας

Συνελλήφθηκε στις 17 Δεκεμβρίου 2013 και  δεν έλαβε ποτέ οποιοδήποτε έντυπο με τον οποίο να του γνωστοποιείται ο λόγος σύλληψης και κράτησης του καθώς επίσης και το δικαίωμα του να προσφύγει εντός 75 ημερών στο Ανώτατο Δικαστήριο κατά αυτής της πράξης

Εντός των κρατητηρίων ζητήθηκε από τον υπεύθυνο αξιωματικό να δοθεί στον δικηγόρο του τουλάχιστον αντίγραφο των διαταγμάτων κράτησης, αλλά ο αξιωματικός υπηρεσίας αρνήθηκε λέγοντας ότι θα πρέπει να αποταθεί στο ιμιγκρέισιον…….

Την επόμενη μέρα 21 Ιανουαρίου 2014 με επιστολή που στάλθηκε σε όλες τις σχετικές υπηρεσίες, στον ίδιο τον υπουργό εσωτερικών, τον γενικό διευθυντή, την διευθύντρια τμήματος μετανάστευσης, τα τμήματα μετανάστευσης λάρνακας λευκωσίας, το τμήμα του υπουργείου εσωτερικών που ασχολείται με εικονικούς γάμους και κατόπιν τηλεφωνικής  επικοινωνίας με αυτό το τμήμα και σε ακόμα έναν λειτουργό του ιμιγκρέισιον…. ζητήθηκε με αυτή την επιστολή να δοθεί στον δικηγόρο του ανθρώπου που κρατείται το διάταγμα, ή τα διατάγματα με τα οποία κρατείται ούτως ώστε να μπορεί  να ασκήσει τα δικαιώματα του ενώπιον δικαστηρίου

Καμιά απάντηση…..

Καμιά απάντηση ούτε και την επόμενη μέρα στις 22 Ιανουαρίου 2014 ούτε καν στις επανειλημμένες τηλεφωνικές κλήσεις που είτε δεν απαντούσαν είτε κτυπούσαν κρατητμένες…..

Στις 23 Ιανουαρίου 2014 αποστέλλεται άλλη μια επιστολή καυτηριάζοντας άλλη μια φορά την κορυφαία αυτή παρανομία του ρατστιστικού αυτού άθλιου τμήματος της τύπισσας που εδώ και 10 χρόνια βασανίζει ανθρώπους μαζί με τους συνεργούς της  και ζητώντας άλλη μια φορά τα διατάγματα…

καμιά απάντηση και πάλι….

http://cyprus-mail.com/2014/01/25/lawyer-says-immigration-wont-hand-over-clients-documents/

OCAL NEWS January 25, 2014 – 52 Comments

Lawyer says immigration won’t hand over client’s documents

Lawyer says immigration won’t hand over client’s documentsCongo Mahamoudou has been detained at Menoyia since December 17

By Constantinos Psillides

Human rights lawyer Michalis Paraskeva yesterday accused immigration of refusing to provide him with the detention order for Congo Mahamoudou, detained at Menoyia since December 17.

In a letter sent to, among others, immigration, and the office of the attorney general, Paraskeva demands to be given the order through which his client was arrested and detained, so he can proceed with defending Mahamoudou in court.

“I really don’t know what else to do. I asked them repeatedly for the order but they simply won’t hand it over,” said Papaskeva. He said by law, detention is only reserved for people about to be deported.

“Besides that, the law clearly stipulates that he can only be detained for a few days, awaiting deportation. He’s been there for over a month,” he added.

Mahamoudou is married to Tatiana Chripkova, a Slovak national who is on her eleventh day of hunger strike outside the detention centre, asking for the release of her spouse.

Chripkova has been working in Cyprus for the past seven years and had recently found employment in the UK, where she said she is planning to move with her husband. While away on work, the Famagusta branch of the police immigration office declared their marriage was one of convenience and he was immediately arrested and placed at the Menoyia centre.

Mahamoudou was previously given a residency permit (as a family member of an EU citizen) that expires in 2017. The permit has since been revoked.

Chripkova returned to Cyprus once she was notified about her husband’s arrest and has filed a petition for him to be released but received no answer.

She blasted the authorities saying that her husband missed his appointment at the British High Commission offices in Cyprus, for an interview regarding his petition to enter the UK and be reunited with his wife.

Chripkova told the Cyprus Mail that she was not leaving the detention centre, even if it kills her. “We have a real marriage. I love my husband and we just want to leave for the UK to work. I am not leaving here. I don’t care what happens,” said Chripkova.

Immigrant rights advocate KISA said that there was no clear process for deciding what constitutes a marriage of convenience. “They declare marriages to be false, without sufficient evidence and deport people merely on suspicion,” said KISA.

Immigration Offices and department head Annie Shakalli could not be reached for comment

 

Ξημερώματα 29 Ιανουαρίου 2014, ώρα 4 το πρωί κτυπά το τηλέφωνο και κλαίγοντας η γυναίκα του Μαχαμούντου λέει ότι της έστειλε μήνυμα να ετοιμαστεί και έρχονται να τον πάρουν για απέλαση!!

6 ώρα το πρωί τον παίρνουν για απέλαση…………………..

 

Η λέξη χούντα δεν περιγράφει στο ελάχιστον αυτό που συμβαίνει σε αυτό τον τόπο

http://cyprus-mail.com/2014/01/30/due-process-thrown-out-the-window-as-one-more-deported/

LOCAL NEWS January 30, 2014 – 101 Comments

‘Due process’ thrown out the window as one more deported

‘Due process’ thrown out the window as one more deportedMahamoudou was held at Menoyia detention centre before being deported yesterday

By Constantinos Psillides

OMBUDSWOMAN Eliza Savvidou will be launching a probe into the case of Congo Mahamoudou, a Burkina Faso national, who was deported yesterday after he was denied due process, according to his lawyer Michalis Paraskeva.

The decision to launch a probe was reached after Mahamoudou’s lawyer accused the Immigration Service of withholding documents that he needed to appeal the deportation order. He claims that his client was deported without having the chance to take his case to court.

Paraskeva claims that he made repeated attempts to secure the order by which his client was detained and deported but Immigration refused to comply.

According to the procedure, detaining an immigrant is the final step and should be reserved strictly for deportations. Before seeing the inside of a prison cell, an immigrant has the right to challenge the order before court.

Asked about the case, the Ombudswoman was adamant: “This is unheard of. Government services cannot just refuse to provide a lawyer with proper documentation and suspend due process. Even if they have a valid case against an immigrant, they should give him the right to appeal.

“My office will look into the case and if the accusations are true we will submit a report”, said Savvidou, although she wasn’t very optimistic on the report’s effectiveness.

She confirmed that the deportation order can be rescinded, if there was a problem with the procedure followed.

“His name will be taken off the stop-list and he will be allowed to fly back to the island,” Savvidou said.

Mahamoudou’s case wasn’t unknown to the Ombudswoman’s office. A delegation visited the Menoyia detention centre on January 15, in the wake of a recent suicide wave at the central prisons. Savvidou heard about the case and asked the Interior Ministry for information. She never received it.

Mahamoudou is married to Tatiana Chripkova, a Slovak national, but their marriage was deemed one of convenience by the Immigration Services and he was taken to the Menoyia detention centre on December 17, from where he was deported.

“This is a clear violation of human rights. A complete disregard for the rule of law. They have arrested a person based on their own assumptions, imprisoned him, deported him and all without giving him the chance to appear in court,” the lawyer said.

Mahamoudou was married to Chripkova since 2011 and he was granted a residency permit that expired. Chripkova has been working in Cyprus for the past seven years and had recently found employment in the UK, where she said she was planning to move with her husband. While she was away, Immigration Services declared that their marriage was one of convenience and Mahamoudou was arrested.

Chripkova returned to Cyprus once she was notified of her husband’s arrest and filed a petition for him to be released but received no answer.

She blasted the authorities saying that her husband missed his appointment at the British High Commission in Nicosia for an interview regarding his petition to enter the UK and be reunited with his wife.

Chripkova staged a hunger strike outside Menoyia asking that her husband be released so they could leave Cyprus.

Once she was informed on her husband’s deportation, Chripkova contacted the Slovak embassy and filed an official complaint against the state and the Immigration Services.

Immigrant rights advocate KISA told the Cyprus Mail that there was no clear process for deciding what constitutes a marriage of convenience. “They declare marriages to be false, without sufficient evidence and deport people merely on suspicion,” said KISA.

The Cyprus Mail has made repeated attempts to secure a comment or response from Immigration Services officials but with no success.

 

 

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Fears over disappearance of 150 Syrian refugees from Greek village

Activists say group was probably forced back into Turkey by police as part of campaign of enforced deportation

Greek border police Orestiada

Greece’s police and coastguard have an extremely aggressive policy toward refugees attempting to cross the border. Photograph: STR New/Reuters

 

Not much happens in Praggi. So when 150 Syrian refugees arrived in the village, high in the flatlands of far-flung north-eastern Greece, it was not something residents were likely to forget.

Some of the Syrians were huddled against the biting cold in the courtyard of the church; others had congregated beneath the trees of a nearby forest. All had made the treacherous journey from Turkey – crossing the fast-flowing waters of the Evros river – in a bid to flee their country’s war. Then came the white police vans and the Syrian men, women and children were gone.

«Ever since we have lost all trace of them,» said Vasillis Papadopoulos, a lawyer who defends the rights of migrants and refugees. «They just disappeared. Our firm belief is that they were pushed back into Turkey.»

Activists, lawyers, human rights groups, opposition MPs, immigration experts and international officials are becoming increasingly concerned about the heavy-handed tactics Greek authorities use to keep immigrants away.

In a recent report released by Amnesty International, Greece was strongly criticised for its «deplorable treatment» of would-be refugees, especially Syrians desperate to escape their nation’s descent civil war.

Enforced deportations – highlighted by an alarming rise of migrant deaths – have spurred the criticism.

In contravention of international conventions signed by Athens, coastguard officials and police officers have waged a concerted campaign to stop thousands from accessing EU territory via Greece. Illegal pushbacks have been the focus of those efforts, according to human rights groups.

The drive has intensified as Greece – long seen as the EU’s easiest backdoor entrance – has struggled to keep its economic and social fabric together in the face of the country’s worst crisis in modern times. Since prime minister Antonis Samaras’s conservative-led coalition assumed power in the midst of the crisis last year, authorities have faced charges of violently apprehending migrants, beating them and stripping them of their belongings. Special coastguard units – often masked and dressed in black – have been accused of dumping migrants, without any consideration for their safety, in Turkish territorial waters.

«The number and scale of these alleged incidents raises serious concerns,» said Ketty Kehayioylou at the Greek outpost of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. «We still don’t know what happened to the two groups in Praggi,» she said. «No one was ever registered at the First Reception Centre as foreseen by national law and we’ve demanded an investigation.»

The claims come as Amnesty International urged Greece to launch an inquiry into comments by the country’s police chief, Nikos Papagiannopoulos, in which it is alleged he ordered his officers to make the lives of immigrants unbearable.

«If they told me I could go to a country … and would be detained for three months and then would be free to steal and rob … it would be great,» Papagiannopoulos, the highest security official in the land after the public order minister, was quoted as telling officers during a secretly recorded meeting. «We must make their lives unbearable.» The comments were published by the investigative magazine, Hot Doc, on 19 December.

John Dalhuisen, Amnesty’s director for Europe and Central Asia, said: «If accurate, the deeply shocking statements attributed to the Greek chief of police would expose a wilful disregard for the rights and welfare of refugees and migrants seeking shelter and opportunity in the European Union.»

With allegations of torture also on the rise, two senior coastguard officials were jailed last month after a military court found them guilty of subjecting an asylum seeker to a mock execution and water-boarding.

The discovery of ever more bodies – in the Aegean Sea and around the land border Greece shares with Turkey – have also raised the alarm. The German NGO, Pro Asyl, recently estimated that 149 people had died this year – an increase attributed mostly to the enormous risks refugees were prepared to take since Greece sealed its land border with Turkey in August 2012.

Following the construction of the fence – a six-mile barricade topped with thermal and sonar sensors – traffickers have focused on ferrying their human cargo to Greek islands in the Aegean Sea.

«The shift of escape routes has led to the deaths of many people … mostly Syrian and Afghan refugees, among them many children and pregnant women,» said Pro Asyl in a report documenting the problems faced by those fleeing persecution and war. (pdf)

«The brutality and extent of violations are shocking,» it claimed. «Refugees are being brutally pushed back by Greek authorities. This is happening systematically with the complicity of other European authorities despite the fact that it is against international law.»

According to the EU border agency, Frontex, detections of illegal immigrants in the Aegean Sea have increased by 912% since the barbed-wire barrier went up.

«It is a wall of shame, a hair-raising element of Fortress Europe,» said Aphrodite Stambouli MP of the radical left main opposition Syriza party. «It is outrageous that people in need of international protection should be obstructed from getting it in this way.»

Last week, she travelled to the remote Evros region – passing signs emblazoned with the words «danger: mines» and guards posted at checkpoints – to learn for herself what had happened in Praggi.

«What we know is that 150 Syrians crossed the border because relatives they called, both in Greece and other European capitals, have confirmed that that is what happened,» she said.

«They told them clearly, ‘We are in a village called Praggi, some of us are in the yard of a church, some of us in a forest.’ The police version of events, that only 13 [refugees] were found that day does not add up and that is because they were obviously pushed back over the border.»

Immigration experts say blame lies partly with the rise of xenophobia in Greece, where the virulently anti-immigrant, neo-fascist Golden Dawnparty is now the country’s third biggest political force.

But they add that Greek authorities are under immense EU pressure to do the «dirty work» of buttressing what is widely seen as the bloc’s most porous border. «From as far back as 1990, northern Europe’s policy has always been that the south has to assume the burden of stopping irregular migration,» said Martin Baldwin-Edwards, who heads the Mediterranean Migration Observatory in Athens. «That, growing xenophobia, and the disrespect Turkey and Greece have historically shown for migrants’ human rights account for the push-backs.»

Last week Turkey signed a deal with the EU promising to repatriate immigrants who illegally enter the 28-nation bloc in return for its citizens being granted visa-free travel across the union.

«It’s hugely important,» said Baldwin-Edwards. «Turkey is the main point of entry from Asia and the Middle East. The more it is brought into the European ambit and assumes the responsibility of managing Europe’s south eastern borders it will lessen the pressure on Greece.»

In the forlorn villages of squat one-story homes that dot the frontier’s heavily militarised zone, the push-backs have caused consternation even if residents – many hard-bitten nationalists – have welcomed the erection of the wall.

«The fence may have made us feel safer but we also know that all these people want is to pass through,» said Nikos Dollis ,who runs a cafe in Nea Vyssa, the last settlement before the frontier in one of Greece’s most secretive corners. «Their intention is never to stay here. They want to get out, go to other countries in Europe.»

Demonstrators recently protested outside the police headquarters in Orestiada, the gritty town that is the region’s biggest metropolis, in a display of outrage over the incident in Praggi. Among them was Natasa Gara, a human rights campaigner who edits Orestiada’s weekly newspaper, Methorios.

«We want to know what really happened to the 150 Syrians, whose only crime was to want to escape the war,» she said after spending days investigating the affair.

«Are the police saying that everyone in Praggi is mad, that they just thought they saw 150 men, women and children? Because if they are, they are not telling the truth.»

 

 

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Guardian: Cyprus criticised over treatment of asylum seekers EU country is accused of ignoring supreme court decisions and keeping asylum seekers in unhealthy conditions

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/06/cyprus-criticised-treatment-asylum-seekers

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Nicosia, Cyprus. The city prison’s block 10, described by Amnesty as dark and unhealthy, is the main centre for detaining asylum seekers. Photograph: Sipa Press/Rex Features

 

It was like a scene from a film, said Arif Mohamed. He was sitting in a Jeep hemmed in by police officers on either side. They planned to whisk him to the airport for immediate deportation to his native Sri Lanka.

By chance, his lawyer spotted him in the Nicosia traffic and hammered on the vehicle, demanding that the police stop what they were doing.

A Tamil who had been an army intelligence operative during the civil war, Mohamed would be at risk from both sides in his still bitterly divided country if he was deported. But Mohamed was out of luck, and the police got him to the airport.

On the plane, after his handcuffs were removed, Mohamed said, he started to shout and throw things around. «The police tried to shut my mouth and one guy grabbed my hand and broke my wrist. I was saying to myself: ‘I will die, but at least I will die in front of witnesses.'»

In the event, the pilot refused to take him and Mohamed was bundled off the plane. Similar dramas have taken place in other countries after asylum seekers have had their applications rejected. But what made Mohamed’s case remarkable was that it was still pending before theCyprus supreme court.

The deportation of asylum seekers whose cases are unresolved is one of several complaints made by Amnesty International in a report on Cyprus’s treatment of irregular immigrants published last year. The organisation also accused the Greek Cypriot authorities of using detention unnecessarily and of keeping detainees in substandard conditions. The main centre is block 10 of Nicosia’s central prison, which Amnesty described as dark and unhealthy.

Elsewhere, asylum seekers are kept in police stations that were never designed for long-term detention. The organisation said some had been held for more than three years.

Andreas Ashiotis, the permanent secretary at the ministry of the interior, called Amnesty’s position «extreme and unjustified». He said a new detention centre was being prepared. Asylum seekers were only detained once their case had been rejected.

«It is common practice that the minister decides after two months whether to release them. Then we re-examine the case after six months,» he said.

But he did not deny that some, who had appealed to the supreme court, were deported before their cases were heard. «Only if they can get a provisional order forbidding the deportation does [the asylum seeker] have the right to remain in Cyprus,» Ashiotis said.

Mohamed’s lawyer, Michalis Paraskevas, said that violated a 2005 EU directive giving asylum seekers the right to be heard by a court. On Cyprus, cases are examined by the asylum service and, if an appeal is made, by an independent reviewing authority. Ashiotis said the latter was composed of lawyers and was thus a quasi-judicial body.

Paraskevas said that, even when cases did go to the supreme court, the judges’ decisions were sometimes ignored. «On 18 January 2011, I won a case in the supreme court and the judge ordered the immediate release of my client. They did not release him. I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it.»

He went to the judge in chambers who said there was nothing he could do. Paraskevas then wrote to the ministry of the interior, informed the press and finally, the following March, staged a demonstration, all to no avail. It was only after a radio journalist invited him to talk about the case that his client was released, four months after the original court order.

Ashiotis said: «I am surprised Mr Paraskevas is taking this position that we are not obeying supreme court decisions … in every case we implement the decisions.»

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