03/23/2011

Chechen political refugee Arbi Zarmaev will be murdered

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CHECHEN POLITICAL REFUGEE ARBI ZARMAEV WILL BE MURDERED

The Belgian minister of justice Minister Stefaan De Clerck (Christian Democrats), signed on March 8th 2011, the decision to oblige the Chechen political refugee Arbi Zarmaev to leave the country and to extradite him to the Chechen authorities.

With some 40 Chechens and some representatives of human rights movements, we agreed to meet on March 21, 2011 before the European Parliament in Brussels and to protest against this expulsion and extradition. When I met the group (there was no action at that moment), an undercover policeman asked my identity card. I refused. Another undercover policeman and a policeman in uniform asked again my identity card. I again refused and said I had the right to move and to meet other citizens. I went with the Chechens to a little grass lawn with a beautiful fountain and I unfolded with the help of one of the Chechens, my banner 'Free Arbi - alive'. Then I asked the Chechens to come on the lawn so that there could be taken a group photo. Some undercovers and policemen in uniform prevented it. After a short time we were completely surrounded by a police cordon of 5 undercovers en 20 policemen in uniform. They asked our identity cards and no one of us was allowed to leave the circle of policemen. A policeman threatened to lock up me for 12 hours if I didn't give my identity card to him. One of the policemen pulled the banner out of my hands and destroyed it. After waiting a half hour we got our ID cards back and we were obliged to leave. A police officer told me that I was right by stating that the lawn was not owned by the European Parliament but that we had to ask permission to protest.
Arbi Zarmaev, the Chechen political refugee, is already 21 months locked up in the prison of Bruges. He was accused to have done his application to stay in Belgium under a 'false name'. He was also accused 'theft'. But these allegations seem to be incorrect. Arbi currently weighs just 50 kilograms (about 100 pounds). He has severe injuries in the face, showing that he is beaten. His family fears for his life. If he is extradited to Chechnya as former commander of the Chechen army, he will certainly be tortured and murdered. Arbi's wife and three children (2 years, 5 years, 10 years) are currently living in Belgium and fear that he will die.
Jan Boeykens, president of NGO Werkgroep Morkhoven

06/19/2010

The death of Palestinian motorist Ziad Jilani


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Please investigate the death of Palestinian motorist Ziad Jilani

I am an American, but I have depended on the BBC for impartial world news for years. In fact, the BBC Middle East page is my homepage. But I feel let down by your coverage lately. I know there are a lot of Middle East stories this week, but your lack of coverage on one story is sad. Yesterday the BBC website had a story about the killing of an Israeli soldier in the West Bank, but you never mentioned the killing of a Palestinian man in Jerusalem on Friday. 

On Friday, June 11, 2010, Ziad Jilani was killed in East Jerusalem by Israeli border police. Initial reports said that he had tried to run over 2 policemen, who were “lightly injured” and then fled on foot. The police say they shot him when he refused to stop. That's the story that Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post wrote. But none of the main news services seems to have made any effort to seek witnesses, verify the facts and find out if there was any other version of the story than the one put out by the Israelis. There is.

Ziad Joulani was a loving husband and a devoted father. I am a friend of his wife. She said they had plans to take their daughters out to dinner the day he was killed. He would not have thrown his life away and abandoned his family trying to run down police in the street. The Al-Quds newspaper in Jerusalem (Arabic) reported that a thrown stone hit Ziad's car, causing him to swerve toward the soldiers, starting the tragic chain of events. His wife was told that the shooting started before he got out of his car, and witnesses said that he was shot in the back and was on the ground when the police shot him several times at close range directly in the face and abdomen. Now his American wife and their 3 lovely daughters are suffering the dual catastrophe of losing this good man and having his memory smeared in media all over the world with accusations of terrorism. I am worried that if we don’t clear Ziad’s name, his wife and children will suffer. They may need to return to the US, since Ziad’s wife doesn’t speak either Arabic or Hebrew, and will have a hard time finding a job to support her children in Jerusalem.
Ziyad had an American greencard, and his wife is an American citizen, born in Barbados and raised in Texas where they met. They moved to Jerusalem to be near his family. They have 3 daughters.

We have been able to get a few news sites to look into this incident, but it is a shame that the BBC hasn’t mentioned it at all. Please look into this story and provide your readers/viewers/listeners with the truth.

For more information see:

Carol Douglas

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/report-israel-police-shot-palestinian-instead-of-arresting-him-1.296422

http://mondoweiss.net/2010/06/three-american-girls-are-left-fatherless-by-jerusalem-killing.html

 

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