Ailing journalist faces three years in prison

first_imgOpposition politician and activist Zouhair Makhlouf has meanwhile been detained in Mornaguia prison since 21 October. He is due to appear before a court in Grombalia on 3 November. October 30, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ailing journalist faces three years in prison Organisation News Ben Brik was arrested yesterday morning after presenting himself at a police station in response to a summons in connection with an alleged attack on a woman in the street last week. Transferred to Mornaguia prison, 20 km north of Tunis, he faces a possible three-year jail sentence. His trial is scheduled to begin on 19 November. Follow the news on Tunisia “These are trumped-up charges designed to ensure that Ben Brik languishes in prison,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This dissident journalist needs to take medicine regularly for a serious condition but the authorities have opted to cause as much harm as possible. We call for his release on humanitarian grounds pending his trial.” Receive email alerts November 11, 2020 Find out more TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa November 12, 2019 Find out more RSF_en Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Help by sharing this information Other journalists have been targeted in the past few days. The Reporters Without Borders Tunisia correspondent, Slim Boukhdhir (photo), was assaulted by five men on a Tunis street on 28 October. The same day, there were three attempts to force the door of Mouldi Zouabi, the correspondent of the London-based pan-Arab newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi and the website of the Dubai-based satellite TV station Al-Arabiya. December 26, 2019 Find out more Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists to go further Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the prosecutor-general’s decision today to place Tunisian journalist Taoufik Ben Brik in custody on charges of violating public decency, defamation, assault and damaging another person’s property. Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News The press freedom organisation has also written to French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner and to the French and US ambassadors to Tunisia about the case. News As communication minister Oussama Romdhani is not saying anything about the matter, Reporters Without Borders today asked the prison authorities to ensure that, pending his release, Ben Brik is able to take his medicine at the times set by his doctors and that his conditions of detention are appropriate to his very delicate state of health. Ben Brik suffers from Cushing’s Syndrome, a chronic ailment that strips him of all immunity. As a result of this serious condition, his health will deteriorate quickly if he is unable to take medicine at regular set times. As he has no immunity, it is vital that he should be placed in a clear and warm location. TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Newslast_img read more

Two teenage boys to be tried as adults in death of photographer hit by log

first_imgKuzma/iStock(LOGAN, Ohio) — Two teenagers accused of murder will be tried as adults in the death of a photographer who was hit by a falling tree log in an Ohio state park.A judge at Hocking County Juvenile Court in Logan, Ohio, determined on Tuesday that there was probable cause to bound both 16-year-old boys over to adult court to stand trial. The teens, who are now being held on $100,000 bond each, will remain in juvenile detention. The two boys were arrested last month in connection with the Sept. 2 death of Victoria Shafer, a 44-year-old married mother of four who owned a photography business in Chillicothe, Ohio, about 45 miles south of Columbus.Shafer was taking pictures for several high school seniors at Hocking Hill State Park on Labor Day when she was struck and killed by a falling log. Investigators quickly determined that the log, which was 6-feet long and weighed 74 pounds, was pushed or thrown off a cliff from above and later arrested the two teens after they allegedly confessed their involvement during interviews with detectives, according to a press release from the Hocking County Prosecutor’s Office.Authorities did not release their names due to their ages.Both boys were initially charged with reckless homicide and pleaded not guilty at their first court appearance on Oct. 11, though prosecutors noted that those charges were subject to change as more information comes in.Now, the teens are facing charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault. Their defense attorneys argue that the act wasn’t intentional, according to Columbus ABC affiliate WSYX-TV.“The prosecution cannot prove murder,” Ryan Shepler, the lawyer for one of the boys, told WSYX.“I think at any jury trial in the adult system my client’s going to be acquitted,” said the other boy’s lawyer, Bob Toy. “No ifs, ands or buts about that.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Tighten policies or face huge claims, firms told

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Tighten policies or face huge claims, firms toldOn 4 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today A ruling in the Court of Appeal that put up awards for personal injury willmean more employers paying out in high-profile stress cases unless they tightentheir policies, lawyers have warned.Revised levels of damages, agreed by the court on 23 March, will see thehighest pay-outs for pain and suffering caused by work-related injuries goingup by a third.This will take the top award for mental damage caused by stress from £50,000to more than £66,000.Loss of earnings will continue to be paid on top, pushing pay-outs, whichreached a record of £203,000 in January, up further.Don Cuthbert, head of the employee relations practice at consultancy TowersPerrin, said it is up to HR professionals to make sure the right policies arein place to stop employees suffering from stress and injuries such as RSI.”The levels of compensation that are now achievable are going tomotivate the legal profession to take on more no-win, no-fee cases.”If employers don’t review their policies in light of this judgement toensure their procedures don’t create liabilities, it will result in morelitigation,” he said.Elaine Aarons, head of employment law at Eversheds, London, said the impacton employment practices will depend on how much insurance premiums go up.But she said the threat of a damaged reputation should galvanise employersinto action.”If a fund manager in a City company wins a stress case, investors arenot going to trust their money to that company,” she said.Awards of £10,000 and below will not go up. Increases in awards between thetop rates and £10,000 will taper downwards.The increases were lower than those recommended by the Law Commission’sreport of April 1999 which prompted the review.www.lawreports.co.uk/civ_mar0.8 Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more