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US: Anti-Russian War-Mongering Bad Losers Hystery FLOP: Nothing but Tintin Rastapopoulos Irrelevancy

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sabato, 04 novembre 2017
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Controversial and UnPopular Establishment's "Deep State"'s (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/journalistgreenwaldfortrumpondeepstate.html) notorious Anti-Russian, War-Mongering, and "Socialist" (Dems') Bad Losers' Hystery against New US President Don Trump, with Claims about a so-called "Russian Manipulation of the 2016 US Election", concluded this week in a spectacular, unbelievable Flop :


- In Fact, substantially Nothing more than an Irrelevant "Complot" Story, with "Star" Actor a kind of ... "Tintin" Comics' character, the Mysterious and pittoresque "Mr. Rastapopoulos" !...

 

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First Pictured at Famous Comics' Writer Hergé's "Tintin in America", seated next to a spicy Female Actress, (Mary Pikefort), at "Socialist" (Dems') Obama's (and former "Al Capone") Headquarters at Chicago, according to "Wikipedia", that alleged "Italo-Greek-American", Black-Haired but largely Bald, and Fancy-Dressed Character, nick-named "Roberto Rastapopoulos", plays the Role of a Satanic Chief-Crook, who Manipulates almost everything, Secretly Hidden Behind various Cosmopolitan Identities (f.ex. Film-Media producer, etc) allowing to often Travel Abroad accross all Continents, (even in an UFO !), and Accused to Master-mind the Worst collective Crimes accross the World, (including Drugs and/or Slaves' Trafficking, etc)...


Hergé apparently Inspired Mueller's team, (in charge of an "Investigation" on alleged Russian Interferences accused to have "Manipulated" the 2016 US Presidential Election, as if USA was a "3rd World", weak and poor, small and defenseless Country...), who Found a practically UnKnown "Georges Papadopoulos" (equivalent to "John Smith" in English, or "Jean Dupond" in French : alias a quasi-Anonymous, too Ordinary Name, shared by Thousands of various People), now Living also in Chicago, who is also Black-Haired and Partly Bald, often Travelling often Abroad (f.ex. from/to London, UK, where he held a Post at an Energy Center of the Institute for International Law), has also had alleged Links to a so-called "Female" character, (this time a "Russian" Lady: Could it be the Voluptyous Natalia Veselnitskaya ?), and is also, apparently, Suspected to have attempted to Master-mind, no more or less, than, a Direct Trump - Putin Deal to Reveal to the Public some unnamed "Dirt" allegedly Hidden in emails concerning Hillary Clinton !

 

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(The New, Diabolic "Mr. Rastapopoulos", as seen by CNN)

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Indeed, this New "Rastapopoulos", after Initially Working for anOther Candidate (Ben Carson), had reportedly offered his UnPaid services, (that he used to trade in London, UK, as an "Oil-Gas" Consultant), as "a Volunteer", to a Collective "Panel" of "Foreign Policy Advisers" in Trump's Campaign Team, mainly Back on March-April 2016, (from when Dates a Photo showing Mr. Georges Papadopoulos, with his Black-Haired and Partly Bald Head, seated at a Packed Table, amidst a Lot of various Staff, Advisers, Volunteers, etc, chaired by Trump, on March 2016, which, Suddenly, circulated all over the World, as alleged "Proof" Number 1, of an alleged "Russian" infiltration in his November 2016 Electoral Win)...


An Amusing Coincidence is the Fact that even that Unique relevant, Collective Photo was Published by Trump himself, Vaguelly referring to his "Security Team", (instead of "Foreign Policy Advisors"), who Tweeted that on ... "April 1st" !

 

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Curiously, Mr. Papadopoulos (even if he's Suspected by the FBI to have eventualy played a role in Foreign Policy) was reportedly Accepted to approach Trump's Staffers by one among its "Campaign Supervisors", Sam Clovis, who Now serves as a White House's Advisor on ..."Agriculture" (sic !)


White House's Press Spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee, reportedly stressed that his role had been "extremely Limited" on a Voluntary advisory Board, and "No activity was ever done in an Official capacity".  Other sources note that he had been  more sending ..."Emails" to some in the Campaign Team, and Less being really "Present" around Trump's tower...


Most Important : many Facts (including among those Published by Mr. Mueller's Official Prosecution Documents) clearly indicate, that, since that March 2016 Photo, our New "Rastapopoulos" seems (Contrary to "Tintin"'s Original Rastapopoulos : Comp. Supra) to have almost ...Nothing noteworthy to report, practically Dragging his Feet (and/or put by Trumps' Campaign Team apparently in a "Capboard", at the Margins) :


- His Only "Fixed Idea" : that of serving as Intermediary for a First Meeting (preferably with "a Trip to Russia") between Trump and Putin, or, at least, among some of their Top Advisors, was Never Materalized in practice, as FBI's own Documents also clearly indicate..., (among others, also, since Mr. Georges Papadopoulos reportedly Persists to repeatedly Suggest such a Move, by sending in vain, again and again, far away "E-Mails", from March up to the Autumn of 2016, apparently withOut the expected Result)...


- " The Trip (to Russia) proposed by defendant Papadopoulos did Not take place", Concludes, indeed, the October 2017 Dated Official Court prosecution Document, made on FBI's demand.


As for the alleged "Dirt" about Hillary that might, eventually, reveal some Emails, as anOther Russian link, (Mysteriously nicknamed by the FBI with the Suggestive, "B-Series Cinema" Code : "the Professor" !), all the way Back to March 2016 only, NOTHING concrete emerges in Mr. Mueller's official documents, until Now, on November 2017. Moreover, there is Not even Any eventual Claim that such, supposedly Critical Emails about Hillary, might have contained, perhaps, "Fake" News, instead of the Plain Truth, (on Issues which might, Otherwise, had been Hidden from the American People, even when it had to take Crucial Decisions in Democratic and Transpârent Electoral debates).


FBI-nicknamed "Professor" would be, in fact, Joseph Mifsud, a Teaching Fellow at a University in Scotland, and Academician in Malta, as well as Director of the International Diplomatic Academy (in London too).
The Only thing for which our, (quite Disappointing...), "New Mr. Rastapopoulos", is Officialy Accused is, Merely, to have allegedly "Lied" about the Unique and Precise Point on When Exactly he had really Met and Spoken, for the 1st Time, with that "Professor" and the "Female" Russian characters, cited above, (i.e., Before or After Briefly and Superficially Joining Trumps' Electoral Team, as an UnPaid Volunteer, shortly Included in a Collective "Panel" about "Foreign Policy", Back on March/April 2016). Nothing else.


While, moreover, it had reportedly become quite obvious that he was rather Trying to Use his alleged "Russian Contacts" (in Fact, quite Low Level, and often, even Anonymous), probably also as a Way to Boost his own Personal Importance inside Trump's Collective Campaign Team, (apparently Failing to really achieve that)...


At any case, at least since August 2016, this "New Mr. Rastapopoulos" had been requested, by Trump's Campaign, to Simply Forward his Emails, from now on, to the Lowest possible relevant Stuff, and there are No Reported serious Contacts with any Senior Trump Officer from then, until far After the November 2016 Election, practically until the FBI relevant Enquiry reached him at he Beginning of Next Year, 2017.


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+ Perhaps in an attempt to make, Nevertheless, things look more Serious, in an UnRelated Case, Side by Side with that "New Rastapopoulos" Affair, FBI's Investigator Mr. Mueller's Team found Necessary to Simultaneously Add also a much more Heavy, but Irrelevant (See Infra) lot of Accusations launched against one among the most ...Short-Lived Former Trump's Campaign Managers : Paul Manafort, who durated on that Job Only a Few Months, from June to August 2016 !...


But Manafort is, notoriously, quite a Heavy Weight, in general : He reportedly has gathered Top Experience in the Past, as former Advisor also to the Electoral Campaigns of GOP's Top Presidential Candidates Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush (Senior, i.e. Father of Twice-Elected G.W.Bush), Bob Dole, etc., while also Leading a Washington DC Consultant and Lobbying Business, allegedly including also some Heads of State/Government in several Countries accross the Continents, but mainly US Politicians, Private Corporations, etc.


Nevertheless, it's, Curiously, Only Now, on the Occasion of an Investigation officially Focused on alleged Russian interference in the Latest, November 2016, US Presidential Election, that FBI's Bob Mueller's team was led to Ask to Prosecute Manafort, (who is Soon Aged 69 y.o.), for the 1st Time, as Accused for an awful lot of alleged Wrongdoings, included, among others, also : "Conspiracy against the US" (sic !), "acting as UnRegistered Agent of a Foreign principal" (a reportedly Frequent Practice at Wash. DC, according to mainstream Press), "Money Laundering", "No Declaration of (Many) Foreign Bank Accounts", "False/Misleading Statements" around the above-mentioned accusations, etc.

 

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Manafort Pleaded 100% "Not Guilty", and his Lawer reportedly Rejected most Accusations as "Ridiculous !", vowing to "Reply" in concreto, during the Legal Procedure which "Starts" for his client. He was Obliged to Pay a Bail, and was placed under House arrest.


Trump had, apparently, been (at least Partly) Warned by the FBI, at his 1st Security "Briefing" (as GOP's Nominate to the US Presidential Election) already Back on August 2016, and this may Explain why he Droped then Manafort, (until things are clarified), and Hired, as Campaign Managers, Conway and Bannon, (with whom he went on to Win the November 2016 Election).


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But the Obvious, Big Critical Questions, inevitaby Raised by that case, are, at least 3 :


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- (A) IRRELEVANT :
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First of all, almost NOTHING among those late Accusations against Manafort, does Not seem to Concern the November 2016 US Presidential Election, at all !


Indeed, All of them Concern mainly his alleged Work done for the former President of Ukraine, Yanukovich, and/or his "Party of the Regions", already between 2006 - 2013, (i.e. from Winning the 2010 Elections inside Ukraine, up to his Brutal Eviction by Violent and Bloody Riots at Kiev on February 2014), as well as, Briefly, for its expected Successor : the "Opposition Block", during 1 Year more Only, and various reported Financial and/or Administrative Issues more or less, directly or indirectly Linked with such kind of alleged activities.


I.e., once again, Nothing in particular on the November 2016 US Presidential Election, Not even all its previous, Pre-Electoral Campaign (of 2015-2016)...


And Nothing about Hillary Clinton, Neither for Any alleged Suspicion of eventual links with one or another Supposed Russian Attempt to "Interfere" in the November 2016 US Presidential : An astonishingly Total Zero !


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- (B) Too OLD :
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Moreover, almost entirely, All those various Alleged Wrongdoings are, obviously, Too OLD, compared to the main Scope of Mueller's mandate to Investigate the Circumstances of the 2016 US Presidential Election, since they have, almost Entirely already Occured, more or less, Long BEFORE its Pre-Electoral Campaign, and particularly, Between 2006 or 2008 and 2013.

This damning Fact, clearly Results, Both by FBI's and Wash. DC. Court's own Official Documents containing the Accusations against Manafort, (which also Point mainly at a 2008-2013 Period of the Past),
and, also, by the Additional Fact that, (as several Critical Observers immediately Noted), Don Trumb had ...Not even Announced his own Candidacy (2014-2015) during those alleged controversial Manafort dealings of a (Comparatively) Remote Past !

Even the several Concrete References, among others, to the Dates of Various alleged "Money Laundering" Manoeuvers by Manafort and his agents, through Foreign Bank Accounts, for a large part reportedly opened in Cyprus, (Before using also "Grenadines" Islands, the "UK", etc, Later-on), almost All are Limited Exclusively during the Period Between the Beginning of 2008 - and early March 2013 Only, (as the Official FBI/Court Prosecution Documents attest).

I.e., a Period of Time which Astonishingly Coincides, with a Surprizing Precision, Exactly to the Term in Office of Controversial former President of Cyprus Demetres Christofias, a Leftist, (in fact, Politically Near former US President Barack Hussein Obama, and/or Hillary Clinton), who Served between March 2008 - February 2013, and was Strongly Accused to Bear Heavy Responsibilities for a Deadly Explosion (of Confiscated Weapons for Syria, blocked by International Sanctions) which Killed Many People and Destroyed the Country's most Important Electricity-producing Power House, etc., near a Stategic Naval Base, provoking a Long Series of Huge Popular Demonstrations asking for his Impeachment (See: ...), by another Strange Coincidence, immediately After some Other UnPrecedented Incidents that he had just Provoked in Geneva, around UNO's Top Political Talks for a Solution of Cyprus' Issue on July 2011, (Comp. relevant "Eurofora"'s NewsReports from the spot, at UNO's Pan-European Headquarters). To that were Added, more Recently, even Accusations for alleged Corruption and/or Exploitation related to an Important Businessman who used to work with his Party, (still Pending to the Courts, even Today), etc.


On the Contrary, when a New Cyprus' President took over : the Current, ChristianDemocrat/EPP's Nicos Anastassiades, of the Center-Right, (i.e. almost Equivalent to USA's Conservative Republican President Don Trump nowadays), from early March 2013, until February 2018, then, Manafort's alleged "Money Laundering" through Foreign-held Bank and/or Other Businesses' Accounts' Immediately STOPS via Cyprus, from 3/2013 up to Now: 11/2017 !...


Indeed, Serious Measures against Money Laundering and/or other Hasards were reportedly taken in Cyprus After 2013, until Now (2017) by the New President's Center-Right Government.


So that all such alleged Shady Money Transferts for Manafort from Abroad into the US, had, from then, to Continue Only through various Other Intermediaries accross the World, (as, f.ex., the "Grenadines" Islands, the "U.K.", or Other "Unknown" premisses, etc.), and even that, just for 1 or 2 More Years (i.e. 2013-2014, having apparently 100% Finished on 2015).

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(C) + SUSPECT !
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=> In Consequence, after Observing All the above-Mentioned Facts, (Comp. Supra, under "A" and "B"), the Inevitably Raised Question, obviously is :


- WHY Manafort is Prosecuted SO LATE, Only Now, for alleged Acts which reportedly Occured Only such a Very LONG TIME AGO ?


I.e. Only on November 2017, for alleged Facts of 2006 or 2008 - 2013 ?


- What Happened during all that Long Period of Time with quasi-Total Inactivity, in this regard, from Law-Enforcing US Authorities, during the Terms in Office of "Socialists"("Dems") of the Left, as Hillary Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama (respectively : 2009-2012 and 2009-2016) ?


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+ Even More Troubling :


 - How to Explain Manafort's Sudden, Exceptional Massive Withdrawal of Funds from his Cyprus' Bank Accounts practically at the Eve of an UnPrecedented and UnAnnounced, Neither generally Expected, Sudden ..."Blockade" of All People's Savings entrusted to any Bank throughout the Island, according to a Controversial Decision of "€uro"'s Authorities, taken and immediately Implemented io Cyprus from mid-March 2013 ?


That "Never Seen Before", (Nor After), Controversial but Drastic and massive Move, had been suddenly Taken, Only on Cyprus, by €uroGroup's New President then, (from January 2013, until recently), Dutch Minister of Finances, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who has been Strongly Criticized for such an Extreme Measure. Normally, Nobody knew about such a possibility, Before it Surprisingly occured all out of a sudden.


>>> Nevertheless, Manafort's alleged Movements of Funds, clearly indicate that, whoever was Managing them, in fact, Knew what was going to happen, and when !

 

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Indeed, as FBI/Court's Official Prosecution's Data show, While, most of the Times, the Frequent Withdrawals of Money from Cyprus' Accounts towards the USA, for several Years, Remained at about 10 to 70 Thousands $, on the Contrary, since the End of the Year 2012 until Mid-March 2013, they Suddenly Jump, Exceptionally, up to 3-Digit much Bigger Numbers, such as, f.ex., 100, 149, 298 and even 375 Thousands $, (the Latter  - and Biggest ever Sum of that Money - Right at the Eve of the above-mentioned UnPrecedented Blockade of all Bank Accounts in Cyprus by the €uroGroup's new Head : Comp. Supra), until they Stop, for ever...


+ Same Strange Phenomenon, also at anOther such Account : Money Transferts which Used to Stay Between 11 and 25 Thousands $, Suddenly Jump Up to 3-Digits Numbers of 160, 194, 290 and 260 Thousands $, shortly Before they Definitively Stop through Cyprus, at around Mid-March 2013.


Afterwards, Manafort's controversial Money Transferts from various Foreign Bank Accounts to his Business inside the USA, (which reportedly Persist until about 2014, at the Latest), continue Only through Other Countries' Intermediaries, f.ex. via "Grenadines" Islands, the "UK", or Other, "Unknown" entities, etc, (See relevant Graphics, as pictured in FBI/Court's Official Documents).

=> WHO might have WARNED him, then that All his Cyprus' Bank Accounts were going to be, Exceptionally, Confiscated ?...

>>> Back, then, on March 2013, USA's and Cyprus', as well as the Netherlands' Governing Politicians were All, more or less Left-leaning "Socialists", (from USA's Barack Hussein Obama, to Cyprus' Demetres Christofias, until Dutch and €uroGroup's Jeroen Dijsselbloem himself : Comp. Supra), etc.

+ As they were too, in the USA, all that Period of Time, during which, Manafort had Not been Persecuted, Neiher Otherwise Disturbed by the Public Authorities (+2013 - 2016), for what he had already done in the Past, But is Only Now (2017) Reproached to him, for the First Time : I.e. Barack Hussein Obama's "Socialists" of the "Dem" Party.

++ And Remember for which Main Reason Trump had Hired Manafort, as Electoral Campaign Manager, Back during June - August 2016 : It was, notoriously, in order to Replace Levandovski, his Initial Manager, who had been Succesfull into Helping Win the Competition among 14 Candidates for the Conservative Voters inside the GOP Party, during the Primaries, (2015 - June 2016), But was generally considered as "Too Hard" for those Independents and/or Bi-Partisan Voters that Now Trump had to Attract all accross those Non-GOP People who, naturally, became the Next Target, After he had got the Nomination for the General Election, between July and November 2016. And, precisely, Manafort's Long Experience with Washington DC's Establishment, from ...Bod Dole and Gerald Ford, until George H.G. Bush "Senior" and even Ronald Reagan (Comp. Supra), as well as Various "Bi-Partisan" Causes inside the Hill (i.e. US Congress+Senate) for Private Corporations and/or Foreign Leaders, etc, (as Long-Time independent Consultant/Lobbyist there), was Better Fitted for that purpose... (That, After his unexpected Departure, on August 2016, managed to serve the Combination of Both Conway, for the "Soft" Approach, Together with Bannon, for a "Hard" but Fundamental/Universal Approach, later-on).

 

>>>  I.e., in Brief, to put it in a Nutshell, Manafort and what used to turn Around him, was Obviously a Washington DC. Establishment's part and parcel...


But Not at all a "Radical", Grassroots Populist, of the Conservative Values' Movement among Working American People, who might be Attracted also by Russian President Vladimir Putin's stance in some among those Key Conservative Values Issues, to the point to Risk to be eventually considered as the Right Prey for an Investigation supposed to Hunt down Suspects for alleged "Collusion" with a supposedly Nasty Foreign Interference and Manipulation of the 2016 US Presidential Elections at the Orders of Russia, (according to the well-known narrative of "Bad Losers" among Obama's and Hillary's Dems...


=> That's precisely why, Bob Mueller's Investigation accross the lines of that (Cold) War-Mongering, Hysterically Anti-Russian, Dems + Establishment's unprecedented Fanatism, notoriously Fuelled and Exploited mainly by Revanchist Bad Losers of the "Left", joined by a Few Fading Pseudo-"Conservative" RINOS, now Risks to really Fall into that Grossly ..."RIDICULOUS" Bla-Bla, that Manafort's Lawyer, perhaps Rightfully, has just Denounced :


 - Indeed, f.ex., after Obviously Failing to Find Any "Hard Fact" and/or "Smoking Gun", about alleged "Collusion" of Trump's Inner Circle with what "Socialists"' - Dems' Bad Losers' Nightmares Claim to be a Blatant Russian Interference and "Diabolic" Manipulation of the 2016 US Presidential Electionn, on the Contrary, Mr. Mueller's Investigation has Now been practically Obliged to just Limit its Ambitions Only in merely Scrutinizing so Banal and Trivial Matters, as, f.ex., ... Manafort's Daughters' alleged Private and Business Life, about How she reportedly might have Used, or Not, a Family Appartment in the Manhattan, Lend it for Money, and/or Take Favorable Bank Loans, Benefit from some more Lenient Tax Opportunities, and so on :


=> I.e. Blatantly UNRELATED and IRRELEVANT Stuff, to What was Supposed to be, at last, the Proof of Putin's alleged "Smoking Gun" Firing Shots inside Capitol's Hill and at the White House !...

By practically Turning the Establishment against some among its own "Kids", Revealing in Public that, in fact, the alleged Russian "Interference" and "Manipulation" Investigation, doesN't have Anything more to show, that this Astonishing Emptiness and Lack of the Lightest Serious relevant Proof, Pushing it to Fall into the "Ridicule" of just another, ..."New Tintin's Mr. Rastapopoulos" Comics Cartoon Story (Comp. Supra), and Washington DC Establishment's Manafort's alleged Money a.o. PlayGames Dating Far Before 2013/2014 (Comp. Supra), this Much Publicized by Mainstream Medias (notoriously accustomed to "Fake News" as "CNN", etc) latest U-Turn in Bob Mueller's "Russia/2016 Election" Investigation proves to be a Blatant "FLOP" !

>>> Will it, Also, Become a real ..."BOOMERANG" against its Real Instigators, those (Cold) War-Mongering Bad Losers of the 2016 US Presidential Elections,


    who are, in Addition, apparently Seeking now, one or another "SMOKESCREEN" to Desperatey Hide or Block some New and Positive Possibilities, Nowadays Opening right in Front of us all, particularly after the Recent Developments around Syria/Iraq which might Start Making a Long-Lasting Peace and ReConstruction/Development prospect in a Wider Area, really Feasible,


    IF the Right People, Act in the Right Way, at the Right Moment, withOut Losing much More Time and Energy to such Petty DIVERSIONS (as Many Critical Observers in Bannon's "Breitbart" and other American Anti-Establishment's Web. Medias have already Started to Denounce) ?

 

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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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