sâmbătă, 5 septembrie 2009

Torture News 15 - Comentariu privind al-Kidd versus Ashcroft

Această postare e o trimitire la cea de dimineaţă, Torture News 14 - Se mişcă justiţia în America.

Ştirea privind decizia Curţii de Apel care constituie o veste foarte proastă pentru John Ashcroft a fost - în mod cu totul surprinzător - destul de puţin comentată pe Huffington Post.

În schimb, mi se pare foarte util şi pertinent comentariul lui Glenn Greenwald, postat pe blogul său, la http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/?source=rss&aim=/opinion/greenwald/ , din care cităm următoarele:

"The principal legal issue strictly resolved by the court here is somewhat narrow and legalistic. A political official has absolute immunity from lawsuits based on decisions made in a prosecutorial capacity (e.g., whether to indict or prosecute someone), but not for law enforcement decisions (e.g., whether to arrest or detain someone). You can't ever sue a prosecutor for deciding to prosecute you, but you can sue someone who arrests you if they acted illegally and in clear violation of your legal rights. The Ninth Circuit ruled that where, as here, there is credible evidence that the real reason an official ordered someone detained as a material witness (normally a prosecutorial act) was to arrest them, that is a law enforcement act, not a prosecutorial one, and he is therefore not entitled to absolute immunity from lawsuits if he violated the law when doing so. Hence, this lawsuit against Ashcroft personally -- alleging that he ordered Muslims detained in clear violation of their legal rights -- can proceed."

Decizia instanţei de apel este, în format pdf, la http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2009/09/04/06-36059.pdf

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