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AF447 mysterious Brazil Crash Victims Families to speak out on 1st Anniversary without Findings

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Samstag, 29 Mai 2010

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The French, German and Italian Associations of Victims' Families of the AF 447 Deadly Airplane Crash at the Brazilian Coasts in 2009, will hold a Press Conference at the Anniversary of the tragic event on Monday, 31st of May in Paris, to take stock of 1 Year of fruitless and partly hampered Investigations, (which didn't yet manage neither to establish the Causes of the Deadliest Airliner incident since the 2001 crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in New York, nor to find most of the Debris and bodies from the Mysterious crash), and to discuss recent controversial developments, (f.ex. the latest Maritime searches, BEA's Draft Report, Defence Ministry's reported findings, financial reparations, etc).


The event will be followed by an intimate, closed Ceremony in hommage of the victims at Vincennes' Park the next day, Tuesday 1st of June, organized for the Families, during which a Memorial is due to be erected.

Created between September and November 2009, the French Association "Mutual Help and Solidarity AF447 (recognized by the Ministry of Justice, and able to intervene in the Criminal process), the German Association HIOP AF447, and the Italian Association "Comitato 31 Maggio", have chosen Me Jakubowicz as their Lawyer.

A wide Victims' range from 33 Nationalities, includes 145 Europeans, mainly from France, Germany and Italy, (72 French, 26 German, 9 Italian, 6 Swiss, 5 British, 4 Hungarians, 3 Slovaks, 3 Irish, 3 Norwegians, 2 Polish, 2 Spanish, 1 Austrian, 1 Belgian, 1 Dutch, 1 Danish, 1 Swedish, 1 Estonian, 1 Romanian, 1 Croat, 1 Russian, 1 Icelandish), 59 Brazilians, and 22 from various other parts of the World, (9 Chinese, 3 Morrocan, 2 from the USA, 1 Canadian, 1 Argentinian, 1 South Korean, 1 South African,  1 Philippino, 1 Gabonese, 1 Turkish-Iraqi, 1 Lebanese, etc).

A controversy between recent (May 2010) findings of the French Army submaeine "Emeraud" and its traditional Accidents' Investigation Office (BEA), about the possible location of the mysteriously lost Airplane's main debris, from which less than 3% were collected in the middle of Atlantic Ocean's deep rift, according to some among Victims' Families, added to questions raised.

Speculations seem to diverge between a probably Accidental cause, closer to weather conditions and technical airplane management, and a possibly Criminal cause, closer to an undiscovered yet incident, which might explain why 2 (Spanish and Brazilian) Airplanes had reported Fire glows, while the Blackboxes' soundtrack indicated that the AF 447 was obliged to deviate from its normal course, starting  a  U-turn Southwards, with each blackbox distant from the other, (as. f.ex. in case of explosion), as well as why those Debirs and/or Bodies of the Victims which were recovered, were found in 2 separate groups, (and partly damaged according to some reports).

Medias have also repported several facts indicating that during the initial attempts to investigate the causes of the deadly incident, (which notoriously occured far away from Europe, the distance delaying  the arrival of European enquiry teams on the spot), the Brazilian Authorities pushed to end the search earlier than expected, and didn't let the European (mainly French) investigators have an immediate and direct access to the part of debris and/or bodies that Brazilian ships had found close to their Coasts.

However, a strategic Brittish Military AirBase was close to the area of the incident, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, from where the Allizes had monitored, during the 2nd World War, the passage of trans-Continental Civil and Military Airflights, as well as Ship transports, etc.

Among the "notable victims", according Wikipedia, were European Top Executives for Latin America from French Michelin and German ThyssenKtupp big enterprises, a BNP Paribas consultant from Luxembourg who was also a popular Brazil's young Prince from the extinguished Royal family who had helped his Father's 1st attempt to restaure the Throne in Brazilian Politics by a Referendum held the previous decade, (etc), but also an harpist provisionaly employed in a Provincial music band with links to Turkish promoters (present in America) of the Iraqi "Turkmen culture", (from the Kurdish oil-producing Kirkuk area, partly revendicated by Turkey and recently hit by non-elucidated Mass killings from Bomb Terrorism).

The boarding had been done at the Brazilian Rio de Janeiro Airport, and the Airplane was lost shortly after flying accross the Brazilian Coastline, in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, heading towards Europe.

Paradoxically, the former European (Franco-British) Concorde High-Tech Supersonic Airplane, (until a controversial decision to abandon it was taken after a non-elucidated Crash at the lift-off from Paris on July 2000), had already served for many years for the Rio de Janeiro - Paris trans-Continental AirFlights in a more efficient, much faster and safer way than Airbus..

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ECHR's President to "EuroFora" on Journalists Gongadze and Adali murders : Principles must apply to all States, without discrimination.


+ ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression (See below).


 European Court of Human Rights' President, Jean-Paul Costa, questioned by "EuroFora" on Journalists' murders, as in Gongadze and Adali's cases etc., strongly stressed all CoE Member States' obligation to make efficient Investigations to find and punish those responsible, and underlined that ECHR's case-law's principles must apply to all without any discrimination.

His call was clearly supported by various Top MEPs who denounced a risk of "Double Standards" if some Journalists' murders are investigated, while others don't.

To avoid such risks, CoE's Parliamentary Assembly adopted a Resolution, on the occasion of Ukranian Journalist Gongadze's murder, "stressing", as a matter of general Principle, "the importance it attaches to the safety of Journalists and political activists, especially those linked to opposition groups, in ALL member states of the CoE". All "crimes against journalists and political activists must be investigated ... as a matter of priority, without political interference".

Costa was replying to "EuroFora"s question on the fact that, after CoE's Committee of Ministers, also CoE's Assembly had just adopted a Resolution on Gongadze murder case, based on an ECHR's judgement of 2005, asking a full Investigation from Ukraine, who has found and condemned  in 10 years of jail 2 executants, but not yet the instigators.

While nothing similar was yet done for dissident Turkish Cypriot Kutlu Adali's murder, with 5 bullets shot at his head out of his Family's home in the territories of Cyprus occupied by Ankara's army, despite another ECHR's judgement of the same year 2005, and despite Turkey's claim that nobody was found among those responsible for the murder, and that there was nothing more to do..

In order to be credible and efficient, CoE's mechanisms shouldn't find a way to at least ask for full investigations of all Journalists' murders anywhere they might be committed, without exceptions ?

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- "On the larger question that you raised, I'd like to say, since we are in a period of stock-taking on ECHR's 50 Years, that the Court's case-law developed certain concepts ....such as the Positive obligations of States, part of which are also the procedural obligations", started to reply ECHR's President.

 - "Whenever Journalists, Lawyers, Defenders of Human Rights, or even simple Citizens are murdered, the States are held responsible, not only if its their own security forces' agents who committed these murders, but also if they didn't make sufficiently substantial and efficient Investigations", he stressed.

- "I want to strongly underline that we (ECHR) have found in many cases numerous violations of Articles 2 and 3 against States, ....(about) murders or torture, ...because they didn't make enough Investigations in order to try to find and punish those responsible".

- "We (ECHR) do that vis-a-vis all 47 (CoE) Member States, without any discrimination".

"Naturally, the circumstances in each particular case may be differend, and we can't ommit to apply the rules of proof, or the rules of criminal procedure".

"But we try, by all means, to apply these principles of our case-law, to all States", he concluded.

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      Costa's call was strongly supported by several Top CoE MEPs, from various Political areas


- "To investigate the murder of one Journalist, and not of another, looks like Double Standards", denounced the President of EuroLeft Group in CoE's Assembly, Dutch MEP Tiny Cox.  

- "What is the reason ? Politics or specificity of a case ? Of course, if Cyprus and Turkey are involved, it's always a Political case"..

- "Murders of Journalists should always be fully investigated, because killing Journalists is not only killing persons, but also killing Free Press".  "We (CoE's Assembly) should do our outmost to help People who are working on Free Press and they are under threat or murdered".

Because for Free Politics, Free Press is a pre-requisitive : Parliamentarians  cannot  function without a Free Press. Not investigating, is not protecting ourselves".

So we should investigate all Journalists' murders : We are talking about Gongadze, about the Cypriot man (Adali), about the Journalist murdered in Moscow one week ago, etc", Cox concluded

- "CoE can' look at these cases differently. CoE can't wear Blinckers  !".
- "If the one is investigated, so has to be also the other. Why there wasn't full investigation ? Why's that ?", wondered British  Socialist MEP, Alan Meale.

- "A good idea" would be to "make a Motion for Resolution", and "join all Journalists' murders. Adali and Gongadze etc", said to "EuroFora" EU Parliament Political affairs Committee's President, Goran Lindbland, ChristianDemocrat MEP from Sweden.


(See also earlier News at "EuroFora" on similar issues).
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ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression :


    Almost Half of condemnations by ECHR for violations of Freedom of Expression in 2008, concern Turkey : 20 out of a total of 48 for all CoE's Member States.

    Russia, Poland, France and Moldova were condemned only 3 times. Romania, Greece, Portugal, 2 times, and the other CoE Member States only 1 time, or none.
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    During the last Decade : 1998 - 2008, Turkey was condemned for violating Freedom of Expression in ..169 cases, while Austria only in 24.

    France and Moldova in 14 and 13, respectively, closely followed by Russia and Poland with 11 and 10, respectively. The rest of CoE Member States had less than ten condemnations.    
    

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