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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Tuesday 24 November 2020

theguardian.com : ‘Carlos Ghosn: UN experts tell Japan treatment of ex-Nissan boss ‘fundamentally unfair’

‘The ex-Nissan chief’s lawyers Francois Zimeray and Jessica Finelle hailed the “courageous decision”, saying it represented “a decisive turning point.”’

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Monday 23 November 2020

bloomberg.com : ‘Ghosn’s Arrests Called ‘Extrajudicial Abuse’ by UN Panel’

‘“We welcome a courageous decision from an independent and respected authority, that undeniably establishes Mr. Ghosn’s detention was arbitrary, he was denied his right to impartial justice, and his treatment was unfair and degrading.” his lawyers, Francois Zimeray and Jessica Finelle, said in a statement.’

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Wednesday 19 August 2020

French Supreme Court orders the immediate release of one of Zimeray & Finelle’s clients

By decision dated 19 August 2020, the French Supreme Court has ordered the immediate and unconditional release of our client illegally detained in France upon extradition request from the Russian authorities. After several attempts filed in vain, we succeeded in getting a clear-cut sentence quashing a Court of Appeal judgement. The Supreme Court decision is a welcome reminder that all laws – including those enacted in a state of health emergency (such as during Covid-19), hence restricting the rights of the defence – are to be interpreted strictly.

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Wednesday 27 May 2020

“A recording reveals that the Japanese Embassy in Paris would have encouraged its nationals to break the law, thus facilitating the abduction of French-Japanese children”

“A recording from a parliamentary session in Japan exposes that Japanese authorities held a seminar in Paris where they incited Japanese mothers to abduct their Franco-Japanese children from France to Japan. (…)”.

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Thursday 3 October 2019

japantimes.co.jp: “Famed French lawyer signals shift in Ghosn’s defense strategy”

“In an exclusive interview with The Japan Times, former French ambassador and renowned human rights lawyer Francois Zimeray said he joined the legal team to ensure Ghosn receives a fair trial and views Ghosn’s treatment under Japan’s criminal defense system as problematic”.

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Friday 20 September 2019

uk.reuters.com: “Breakingviews – Cox: Imagine Carlos Ghosn as a human rights martyr”

“(…) Francois Zimeray, a French lawyer who served as former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s ambassador-at-large for human rights, believes his client, Ghosn, has a strong case to make for the dismissal of the charges against him.
Ghosn’s treatment at the hand of Japanese authorities resulted in multiple violations under the international covenant, Zimeray argued in a recent interview with Breakingviews at his apartment in Paris a day before heading to Japan to see Ghosn.”

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Sunday 1 September 2019

japantimes.co.jp: “Lawyer for Carlos Ghosn says Tokyo prosecutor lacks impartiality”

““It is time to condemn the human rights violations of which the Tokyo prosecutor is guilty,” Francois Zimeray, wrote in France’s Journal du Dimanche, adding that there had been “serious breaches of the duty of impartiality such as staggering collusion with Nissan and the political authorities.””

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Wednesday 21 August 2019

washingtonpost.com: “Parental child abduction becomes a diplomatic embarrassment for Japan ahead of G-7”

The Washington Post recounts the complaint which Jessica Finelle filed before the UN Human Rights Council: “Fichot and Perina, along with seven other fathers and one mother, and on behalf of 14 children from the United States, Canada, France, Italy and Japan, filed a formal complaint to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council arguing that Japan was grossly violating the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction.”

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