Monday 22 November 2021

New York Post : “Ghislaine Maxwell’s family appeals to UN for her release from jail”

“The petition seeks for the UN to call on the US government to release Maxwell pending trial and to urge an independent investigation into her “arbitrary detention.” (…)
In addition to the jail conditions, Zimeray and Finelle argued that Maxwell will never be given a fair trial because she has been convicted in the court of public opinion — and that prosecutors have not tried to show she is presumed innocent.”

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Monday 22 November 2021

Press release : Ghislaine Maxwell’s family condemns her arbitrary detention and petitions to the UN

The brothers and sisters of Ghislaine Maxwell filed a complaint today with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention regarding the arbitrary detention of their sister, imprisoned in the USA since July 2, 2020.

In their petition, François Zimeray and Jessica Finelle describe in detail the numerous violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), ratified by the United States of America, and of the “UN Mandela Rules”2 on the Treatment of Prisoners”.

This step is independent of the defence on the merits, overseen by Ms Maxwell’s US Counsel. It does not address the issue of the allegations, or of innocence or guilt but focuses exclusively on the conditions under which Ms Maxwell is being prosecuted and detained. It raises the question of whether Ms. Maxwell can receive a fair trial, which presupposes that she is able to benefit from the presumption of innocence prior to judgement and exercise her rights on an equal footing with the prosecution. Beyond Ms Maxwell’s particular situation, her case calls out for a much needed reflection on the increasing difficulty of being able to reach impartial judgements when defendants appearing before the courts are not only having to bear the weight of what they have been charged with but also the burden of media prejudice.

The petition filed to the UN is available on demand.

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Tuesday 2 November 2021

News in 24 : “After four years in prison in Turkey, Fabien Azoulay is free”

“For Fabien, it is the end of a long ordeal and for us a moving victory” , greeted in a press release his lawyers, Carole-Olivia Montenot and François Zimeray. “Four years of unjust and brutal detention that will mark him for life. This outcome owes everything to the obstinacy of its support, to legal rigor and diplomacy. Convinced of his innocence, we have never given in to the temptation of discouragement. For Fabien, it’s a new start. ”

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Tuesday 17 August 2021

thecanadian.news : “Detained for four years in difficult conditions in Turkey, Fabien Azoulay will be transferred to France”

“His lawyers, Mes Carole-Olivia Montenot and François Zimeray, welcomed in a press release “The culmination of a long struggle, in which the mobilization of public opinion was decisive”. (…) In April, Mes Montenot and Zimeray had raised for the first time publicly the case of their client, assuring that he had been “Victim of aggravated violence committed by a fellow prisoner”, who had inflicted on him in 2018 “Burns due to his homosexuality and his belonging to the Jewish religion”. (…)”

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Saturday 10 July 2021

France Info : grève de la faim d’un père français victime de l’enlèvement de ses deux enfants au Japon

Interview de Jessica Finelle

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Thursday 10 June 2021

womeninjournalism.org : “CFWIJ denounces the intimidation from the State of Venezuela of journalist Andreina Mujica”

“According to her lawyer, Francois Zimeray, “Andreina was released because the complaint against her was totally unsubstantiated. We are considering the option of filing a libel case against the counsel for their slanderous action against Andreina. Nothing was threatening in the post. She even limited herself from exercising her right to freedom of expression and from reporting free of fear”.

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Wednesday 14 April 2021

Al Arabia TV Channel

Broadcasting reporting on the criminal complaint filed by Zimeray & Finelle law firm against former Iraki Prime Minister Adel Abdel-Mahdi for crimes against humanity (interview of Jessica Finelle)

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Friday 9 April 2021

Al Hurra TV Channel

Broadcasting reporting on the criminal complaint filed by Zimeray & Finelle law firm against former Iraki Prime Minister Adel Abdel-Mahdi for crimes against humanity (interview of Jessica Finelle)

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Friday 9 April 2021

middleeasteye.net : “Iraq: Activists hopeful in French legal case against former PM Abdul Mahdi”

“A legal case brought against former Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in France could see anti-government demonstrators find justice for those killed and wounded by armed groups and security services, activists told Middle East Eye.
The case is being brought by French law firm Zimeray & Finelle, representing five victims and the relatives of several hurt or slain during anti-government demonstrations that began in October 2019 over corruption, lack of services and unemployment.”

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