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EUParliament on Daphne Murder: Top Concern for Investigation at Risk, if (S) Prime Minister stays

Автор ACM
Τετάρτη, 18 Δεκέμβριος 2019
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- An apparently UnPrecedented Super-Majority (or, rather, Quasi-Unanimity) of MEPs Voted Today, in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, a Resolution in order to express "Deep Concern" for the Long and Bumpy "Investigations" in the Brutal Murder of Critical and Independent Web-Journalist Daphne Caruana-Galizia in Malta, while Also "Stressing" that a "Risk of Compromizing the Investigations ...persists as long as the Prime Minister remains in Office", speaking of the controversial Socialist Joseph Muscat, who Notoriously Refuses to Resign Before the Mid-January 2020, and keeps a lot of his Cronies appointed at Key Jobs around that Enquiry, even after several among his entourage were found more or less compromised, (See, f.ex., Facts cited at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/daphnemurderenquirydeviationrisk.html, etc).

This Resolution succeeded to get 581 MEPs' Votes in Favour, with Only 26 Against, and 83 Abstentions, i.e. an Historic Record-High.

But, in Fact, its above-mentioned Substance attracted Even More Wide Support, since the Reason for which Some Rightist MEPs Voted Against (mainly of the "ID" Group or "BREXIT"), or Abstained, (mainly among the "Conservatives", is Not because they would be Opposed to the Above-mentioned Key Remarks (Comp. Supra), But, on the Contrary, Because they Found them ...Insufficient, (i.e., Preferring, f.ex., a Clear and Straight Call for that Maltese Prime Minister to Resign Immediately : as, f.ex., the Head of French mainstream Center-Right "Republican" MEPs, Philosopher Francois-Xavier Bellamy = EPP, etc), and/or rather for a Different Reason : Because, as a matter of General Principle, they were Not Favorable in giving to the EU a Power to Intervene Strongly inside its Member States, particularly Fearing that it might, eventually, be Exploited, by some, as a kind of "Precedent" in order to Exert, Afterwards, even More Pressure Against "Dissident" Countries, for Various Other real Reasons, such as Hungary and/or Poland, etc., (f.ex. via the TEU Article 7 current Procedure, and/or anOther, New such Procedure, even Stronger)...

At the Same Time, it's also True that in Vain would anyone search to find, perhaps, some Socialist MEPs who could have Voted Against that Resolution : Only 3 (mostly Maltese), added to Only 1 who Abstained... So that, inter alia, f.ex., Italian Rightist MEP Marco Deostro, speaking on behalf of the "ID" Group, found ..."Molta Ipocrisia" ("A Lot of Hypocrisy"), at least in some Voters, as he Claimed.

Is it, perhaps, Because most Socialist MEPs (who were Alone Not to Mention even the Daphne Murder Affair at the 1st Page of their Press Agenda for this Plenary Session, Contrary to the EPP Center-Right, who had placed it at the 2nd Rank of its First Page List, and even the "Left", who had placed it 3rd, at First Page), might, eventually, feel Happy for practically leaving Socialist Prime Minister Muscat a slight Chance to still Remain in Office until Mid-January 2020, as he Wished, or almost ? Indeed, as French Center-Right mainstream MEP Bellamy (Comp. Supra) Warned, "During this Laps of Time, he (PM. Muscat) Might Destroy Evidence", or "Block an Equiry" (etc) - May be he would Better Worry about : - "Deviating an Enquiry Away from the Right Direction", as, at least, some Latest Developments in Malta indicate, (See relevant Facts at: ..., etc).

=> So that, in Fact, as the well known, Classic Motos say : ..."The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating", or, Otherwise, "Hic Rodus, hic Saltus !" It's Not absolutely Necessary to Read, at First, All the ... Fourty Two (42 !) Recitals (Considerants), Wide-Spread throughout Many Long Alineas, from "A" to "AO", added to the 16 Articles of that Resolution, (even if they might be All Interesting), in order to Conclude on the Essentials :

>>> Obviously, the Best (and probably Only) Way to Judge, is to Practicaly Help the Investigation of Daphne's Murder fully Advance to the Right Direction asap., in order to Find and Punish All those Really Responsible for that Bloody Crime, Naturally Included all the Real Instigators, and Not Only a few Apolitical Middlemen, (Comp. f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/daphnemurderenquirydeviationrisk.html, etc) : Timely Results speak by themselves !

Meanwhile, as the Adopted EU Parliament's Resolution urges, at its Article Number 2 : - "Any Risk of Compromising the Investigations, .... Must be Excluded, by All Means", and, Since MEPs also "Stress that this Risk Persists for as long as the (controversial Maltese) Prime Minister remains In Office", then....

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+ Meanwhile, in an Amendment voted Today, MEPs also Welcomed EU Parliament Bureau's Decision to create an Annual European Prize for Investigative Journalism, due to be awarded in the Name of brutaly Murdered Web-journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, (after whom is also named the Press Conference-Room here).

 

 

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They voted to "freeze" UK Government's draft to put People in jail for 42 Days on "anti-terrorist" suspicion without charge, or they abstained. Don't they look suspect ?
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CoE's debate on UK controversy stirs PanEuropean check of anti-terror suspects' imprisonment

Former Leftists of the Sixties would boil in hot water if they heard PACE's debate on the controversial 42 days detention without charge, currently drafted by the British Government :

A "Socialist" Government, a Socialist PACE Rapporteur and a Socialist Chair of PACE's Legal Committee, opposed a .. "Conservative" amendment (supported by .. Liberals, Democrats, etc), to freeze the measure, in order to protect Citizens' Freedom, by "waiting" until CoE's Venice Committee checks its conformity with Human Rights' principles.

"Left"'s support to Conservative-Lib.Dem's criticism, wasn't enough to obtain a majority, nor to make things as they were back in the good old days, when "Left" and "Right" had a clear meaning, as "liberty" and "restrictions"...

Conservatives and most Democrats were joined by the Left in voting for the "freeze", as well as Liberal Paul Rowen, while Socialist MEP Ivan Popescu, an experienced MEP from Ukraine (PACE Member since 1996-2008) abstained. But most Socialists, added to a few Liberals and EPP's Right, voted against.

Fortunately, someone inside PACE had the wise idea to shorten the Debate for less than 1 Hour, and put it on the Agenda only at the end of an exceptionally busy day, towards the end of the Evening, when most MEPs had already gone to taste wins and foods at various Receptions all around Strasbourg's "European" area : As a result, not even 42 MEPs weren't present..

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Finally, everybody (critics and supporters alike) was happy to agree, in substance, that the controversial measure "may" gravely violate Human Rights, and therefore, PACE asked Legal Experts of Venice Commission to check UK Government''s plans.

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Bad lack : "The existing 28 days’ detention without charge in the UK is, in comparison with other CoE member countries, one of the most extreme : In Turkey, the period is 7,5 days, in France 6 days, in Russia 5 days, and in .. the U.S. and Canada just 2 and 1 days respectively", denounced Democrat MEP Ms WOLDSETH from Norway..

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"Numerous respected human rights organisations, including Liberty and Human Rights Watch, have expressed serious concern" "The proposed legislation ...could easily lead to extensive abuses. ...Detention for 42 days means six weeks in which one is taken away from one’s family, friends, home and livelihood only to be let off without being charged. That will destroy lives and isolate communities", she added.

- "3 years ago, the UK Government sought to increase the period of pre-charge detention from 14 days to 90 days. Not long before that, it had been only 7 days. There was a vigorous debate ...and a ...compromise was reached of 28 days. We have to ask whether there are proper safeguards in place to extend the period to 42 days. I suggest that there are fatal flaws", reminded British Conservative Clappison.

- "What sort of society holds someone in detention for 42 days and does not have to tell the person who is in prison why they are there, or explain the suspicions that arose and led to their detention? What sort of society believes that that is the way to treat its citizens? That is an appalling injustice, ...A 42-day detention period will not make the UK safer. Instead, it will be the first step to giving in to terrorists; it is saying that we are prepared to sacrifice our democratic rights and the principles for which we have stood for centuries", criticized British Liberal Michael Hanckock

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"Comments made ...by Norwegian delegates are unfortunate", replied British Socialist MEP Ms.Curtis-Thomas, accusing them to "besmirch the reputation of our police force, which is one of the Best in the World", as she said, believing that "there are significant safeguards ...to ensure that individuals are not subjected to unlawful detention"

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PACE "has serious doubts whether ...the draft legislation are in conformity with the ...case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. A lack of ..safeguards may lead to arbitrariness, resulting in breaches of ... liberty and ...right to a fair trial". PACE "is particularly concerned that: ..the judge ..may not be in a position to examine whether there exist reasonable grounds for suspecting that the arrested person has committed an offence;"; that "... representation by a lawyer may be inappropriately restricted or delayed;" that "information on the grounds for suspicion of a person ...may be unduly withheld.. ;" that this "may give rise to arrests without the intention to charge;", and; in general, that "prolonged detention without proper information on the grounds for arrest may constitute inhuman treatment", says Klaus De Vries' Report, adopted with 29 votes against zero.

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