Authorities agree to let Belgium have Guy Theunis

first_img to go further October 5, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities agree to let Belgium have Guy Theunis RwandaAfrica Receive email alerts The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa February 13, 2020 Find out more RwandaAfrica The Rwandan authorities said yesterday they have agreed to transfer responsibility for carrying out the judicial investigation against Father Guy Theunis to Belgium at the latter’s request. The Belgian foreign ministry said the two countries would have “detailed talks on the technical modalities” for implementing this agreement. Theunis, who is Belgian, would be transferred back to Belgium as soon as the judicial investigation gets under way there. The former editor of the Rwandan magazine Dialogue, Theunis was recently accused by the Rwandan authorities of having a role in planning and inciting the 1994 genocide. He is currently held in the main prison in Kigali. ————————————————————————–11.09.2005 Belgian priest who edited magazine to be tried for genocide, faces death penaltyReporters Without Borders voiced shock and dismay today that one of Rwanda’s people’s courts (known as gacaca) has classified Belgian missionary priest Guy Theunis, the former editor of the Rwandan magazine Dialogue, as a category one genocide suspect and ordered him held in Kigali prison pending trial by an ordinary court.Father Theunis, 60, no longer lives in Rwanda. He was arrested on 5 September while on a stopover in Kigali airport on his way back to Belgium after attending peace and reconciliation seminars in the neighbouring eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.By putting him in category one during a public hearing on 10 September, a gacaca in the Kigali district of Rugenge effectively accused him of being among the “planners, organisers, inciters, supervisors and leaders” of the 1994 genocide. As a result, he faces the death penalty.“Father Theunis has always defended the principles of tolerance and respect for others, and has spent his life combatting racism and ethnic hate, so we are outraged that the Rwandan authorities have now brought these charges against him,” Reporters Without Borders said.The organisation said it was “absurd” that he has been accused of inciting hate for reproducing passages from the extremist newspaper Kangura in Dialogue. “He did indeed quote passages from that newspaper, but he did it with the aim of condemning hate and intolerance.”“We are not fooled,” Reporters Without Borders continued. “Some political score is being settled here. The Rwandan authorities must have given him a visa to enter Rwanda with the aim of trapping him. We are also astonished at the unusual speed of the proceedings and the fact that most of the people who appeared as prosecution witnesses were ruling party members.”Noting that Father Theunis gave space in his magazine to all those who advocated reconciliation, including President Paul Kagame’s opponents, the organisation said it was puzzling that he was arrested now, as he had visited Rwanda several times since 1994, each time with a visa issued by the authorities.“Father Theunis was our correspondent in Rwanda in 1992 and 1993,” Reporters Without Borders added. “We will not forget him and we will not stop proclaiming his innocence and campaigning for his release.”The Company of Missionaries of Africa, to which Father Theunis belongs, has also rejected the charges brought against him. The Belgian authorities summoned the Rwandan ambassador in Brussels on 9 September to voice concern about the case and request an explanation.Theunis is the first foreigner to be brought before the gacacas, which were set up to try the hundreds of thousands of people still held on suspicion of involvement in the 1994 genocide. November 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist A people’s court has accused Belgian missionary priest Guy Theunis, the former editor of the Rwandan magazine Dialogue, of inciting inter-ethnic hate. “This man has spent his life combatting racism and hate,” says Reporters Without Borders. “We are outraged by the behaviour of the Rwandan authorities.” Reports News News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent April 6, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Rwanda Organisation RSF_en last_img read more

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Covid-“Hearing Of Cases Only Through VC”: Allahabad HC Issues ‘Modalities & Arrangement’ For Functioning of Lucknow Bench During COVID

first_imgNews UpdatesCovid-“Hearing Of Cases Only Through VC”: Allahabad HC Issues ‘Modalities & Arrangement’ For Functioning of Lucknow Bench During COVID Sparsh Upadhyay6 April 2021 7:38 AMShare This – xIn view of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday (06th April) issued the Modalities & Arrangement (related to the functioning of High Court during COVID-19) which would be effective w.e.f. 07th April 2021 till 09th April 2021. The Hearing of cases shall be conducted only through video-conferencing w.e.f. 07th April 2021 till 09th April 2021 and…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn view of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday (06th April) issued the Modalities & Arrangement (related to the functioning of High Court during COVID-19) which would be effective w.e.f. 07th April 2021 till 09th April 2021. The Hearing of cases shall be conducted only through video-conferencing w.e.f. 07th April 2021 till 09th April 2021 and the Counsels shall not be permitted to enter in the Court Rooms & Corridors on 7th, 8th & 9th April 2021. The VC link messages will be sent to the Counsels in sequence as per the Cause List, accordingly, the Counsel will receive the SMS as per the sequence of his/her case. The notification issued by the High Court also states that Video-conferencing facility shall also be made available in the V-C Cabins situated in the Mediation Centre. However, not more than 2 (two) counsel shall be allowed to remain inside the V-C cabins at a time and all the protocol related to COVID-19 (social distancing and wearing masks) shall have to be strictly followed inside the V-C cabins. It may be noted that a Video Conferencing link shall be sent only on the mobile number registered in the AOR. Furthermore, the System Manager/High Court staff will provide the required technical assistance to the learned Advocates/Litigants-in-person, as and when required at the onsite facility. Last week, the High Court had notified that it would function with minimum strength and till further orders, only the special Benches constituted shall remain operational (both at Lucknow and Prayagraj) and regular Courts won’t be sitting from April 5 to April 9. In related news, owing to the sudden surge in COVID-19 cases, the Chhattisgarh High Court on Monday (05th April) issued an official order directing that Judicial Proceedings of the High Court shall be conducted only through video conferencing w.e.f. 07th April 2021. The Patna High Court has decided to conduct complete functioning of the Court “exclusively through virtual mode” from 6th April to 17th April 2021 owing to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the State. The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday decided to keep in abeyance its plan to resume physical hearing of cases till April 18 by declaring that the physical hearings in the High Court, district courts and tribunals in the Union Territory shall be conducted strictly through virtual mode. Similarly, the Bombay High Court also modified its SOP which further notifies that Bombay High Court at its principal seat in Mumbai will hear criminal matters physically, while civil matters will be taken up through video conferencing. It was also decided that the CJ’s court will function in a hybrid format, and hear matters, both, physically and virtually. Additionally, Madhya Pradesh High Court also issued additional SOPs for the functioning of the High Court and subordinate courts on Saturday. The said SOPs came into effect on Monday. Click Here To Download NotificationSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Former HFZ principal Nir Meir faces ejection from Hamptons home

first_imgTagsHFZ Capital GroupNir MeirThe Hamptonstristate-weekly Message* Full Name* Email Address* Message* It’s been a choppy year for the former HFZ principal, who left the firm in December as it battled a slew of lawsuits from lenders and investors. The circumstances around Meir’s departure are not entirely clear. His spokesperson previously told TRD that Meir “remains committed to helping the company resolve outstanding issues surrounding its current projects.” A spokesperson for HFZ said Meir “is no longer with HFZ nor authorized to act on its behalf in any capacity.”A historic cottage known as “A Wee Lyr Mor” originally sat on the site of 40 Meadow Lane. The wealthy Fulton Cutting family owned the property for decades, and listed it for $17.5 million in 2011.An LLC registered with HFZ’s New York office purchased the property for $10.5 million in 2013, records show. The buyer then applied for a demolition permit to knock down the cottage and build a modern home, sparking pushback from neighbors and a lawsuit that temporarily stalled construction. The new home was built in 2017.Rich Bockmann contributed reporting.Contact Keith Larsen Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Email Address* Contact Sylvia Varnham O’Regan Nir Meir and 40 Meadow Lane, Southhampton (Google Maps)Just weeks after Nir Meir left HFZ Capital Group, he is facing the prospect of getting booted from his Southampton home.The LLC that owns the property at 40 Meadow Lane filed a complaint in Suffolk County Supreme Court Tuesday alleging that Meir is living there without the owner’s consent. A source familiar with the matter said HFZ had owned the property but later transferred the LLC to one of its lenders, an affiliate of Monroe Capital. But an attorney for Meir said Meir controls the LLC.Monroe was HFZ’s lender on a national industrial portfolio, and earlier this month foreclosed on HFZ’s equity stake in properties. The company also provided HFZ a $18 million loan in 2017 that was supposed to mature in November, according to Monroe’s filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.Monroe’s entity claimed in its ejectment action that it holds the title to the property and Meir is blocking it from taking possession. The complaint said that neither Meir nor his family is allowed to lease, use or occupy the property. (Though New York State has placed a moratorium on evictions because of the pandemic, some landlords have filed ejectment actions in state Supreme Court as a workaround to booting tenants.)A spokesperson for Meir disputed Monroe’s claims. “There is clear documentation of the true ownership and control of 40 Meadow Lane LLC, which is controlled by Nir Meir, which refutes the frivolous claims in this filing and we are in the process of filing a motion to dismiss, which will be filed in a short order,” the spokesperson said in a statement to The Real Deal.Monroe and HFZ did not respond to requests for comment.The home is more than 6,600 square feet and features seven bedrooms and a swimming pool, records show. Last year, the owner of the property secured an $18.35 million mortgage from ConnectOne Bank.Read moreHow HFZ became the face of Manhattan’s condo woesLender schedules foreclosure auction at HFZ’s Nomad siteHFZ loses stake in national warehouse portfolio Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

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