monday, 22 february, 2021 at 11:15
Algiers – The Algerian Bar Union announced on Sunday a day of protest in the country to protest against “the Justice of the instructions”.
This movement was preceded by a strike which began on Sunday and which will continue until February 25 by the bars of Tizi Ouzou, Bouira and Boumerdès, with a sit-in at the headquarters of the Courts on Monday.
Their slogan is support for their colleague from the Bar of Blida, placed under a committal warrant, the rejection of “the justice of instructions” and “respect for the rule of law”.
The corporation of lawyers accuses the magistrates “of executing instructions”.
According to the Algerian media, at the origin of this crisis, a private case having opposed, a year ago, a lawyer to a judge of the court of Blida, but quickly settled between the heads of the court and the batonnat .
However, some time ago, incidents broke out between the two protagonists, prompting a complaint to be filed by the magistrate, and quickly a warrant for the attorney’s deposit, angering the lawyers, who demonstrated at the inside the court by denouncing what they considered to be “telephone justice”.
Quoted by the Algerian media, the president of Algiers Me Abdelmadjid Sellini declared that the lawyers noted that their colleague from Blida was “imprisoned in his capacity and not because he was in error”.
“This is not an isolated case,” he said, explaining that the Court’s decision was taken on purpose and the conditions of detention did not respect the procedure.
“No one is above the law, but when a lawyer is not protected, it is up to the Orders to react and support him”, he insisted, stressing that the judges should “refuse the phone justice and law enforcement and nothing but the law ”.
“Innocent people have been put in prison on instructions”, denounced Mr. Sellini, affirming that “justice must remain above all consideration and enforce the laws and the procedure”.
The National Union of Bars of Algeria (Unba) also urged lawyers to boycott their activities in courts and courts during the day of Tuesday as a “sign of support” for the lawyer of the Bar of Blida and to demand “respect for the laws and procedures” in matters of committal.
In a press release signed by President of the Bar Salah Brahimi, the Bar of Tizi Ouzou explains that this is a case qualified as an offense and, for this reason, notwithstanding the veracity of the facts, the warrant of committal must be an exception , especially that the lawyer presents all the guarantees to appear before the competent court.
The same decision is endorsed by the Bar of Béjaïa, which announces it in a press release, specifying that a sit-in will take place this Monday at the seat of the Court.
For the lawyers, “what happened in Blida is a serious slippage against the defense and is only part of a series of decisions taken against the profession”.
Lately, the Algerian lawyer and human rights activist, Mokrane Ait Larbi had indicated that the independence of the judiciary in Algeria is only a speech, noting that there is a change in the texts relating to human rights but not in reality.
He specified that “these rights are not respected and that respect for human rights inevitably requires the independence of the judiciary, recalling the transfer of 3,000 judges supposed to be protected by article 26 of the Statute of the Judiciary , which provides for the irremovability of the magistrates.
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