Tuesday 18 April 2023

findmyparent.org : Podcast – “Fighting for change to Japan’s parental abduction issue: a discussion with human right’s lawyer Jessica Finelle”

Jessica Finelle discussed parental abduction in Japan on the Find My Parent podcast.

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Thursday 30 March 2023

reuters.com : “Ukrainian billionaire Zhevago to be released on bail pending French extradition hearing”

After several months of a procedure under pressure, Jessica Finelle and François Zimeray, together with Etienne Arnaud, obtained from the Chambéry Court of Appeal a decision dated 30 March 2023 refusing their client’s extradition to Ukraine.

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Thursday 2 February 2023

japantimes.co.jp : “Myanmar junta extends state of emergency, delaying elections”

“It is clear that the junta’s goal is for her to die in prison,” French lawyers François Zimeray and Jessica Finelle who represent Suu Kyi, said in a statement.

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Wednesday 1 February 2023

lexisnexis : “Questions autour de l’accord conclu par Lafarge SA avec la justice américaine”

Zimeray & Finelle’s insight on the guilty plea concluded between Lafarge and the US DOJ on 18 October 2022, and its implications on the French criminal proceedings : “The Lafarge case is prototypical of a profound evolution of business law, highlighted by the criminal liability of companies for aiding and abetting crimes against humanity. Hence, it is being followed with attention by all those who, from outside the case, see in it the foreshadowing of a new risk and the development of a new field of law, “business and human rights”. It is in this spirit that we share the concerns raised by the agreement recently concluded by the company with American judicial authorities, as part of a guilty plea partly based on similar facts to the current French procedure”.

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Wednesday 25 May 2022

guardian.ng : “Suu Kyi’s family file complaint at UN against her detention”

Zimeray & Finelle Avocats has petitioned the UN and denounced Aung San Suu Kyi’s «judicial kidnapping », perpetrated by the Burmese military junta.

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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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