Poland's government is rapidly continuing the transformation of the judiciary in its own manner. The Regional Judge Council (KRS) nominated 40 new judges, who are to judge at the Supreme Court of the country. 15 more judges will be appointed in the coming weeks.
German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel, who was jailed in Turkey for spreading "terrorist propaganda", has demanded compensation for his "unlawful detention." Despite his release, Yücel still faces a trial in Turkey.
Pavel Durov’s messenger Telegram agreed to give away to intelligence services the data on users considered terror suspects by decision of a court. This follows from the updated page on confidentiality policy of the messenger. Telegram is going to forward IP-addresses and phone numbers of suspects to the intelligence services. Previously, the company has never revealed users’ data.
Poland’s deputy PM and science minister Jarosław Gowin said in an interview for one of Poland’s weekly magazines that if the ECJ rules in favor of Poland’s Supreme Court and allows it to suspend domestic legislation, then the Polish government “may have no choice” but to ignore the ECJ ruling as going against the Lisbon Treaty and the “spirit of European integration” in general.
Forty-three years after the death of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, the Socialist Party (PSOE) government of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has begun the complex process of exhuming his remains from the Valley of the Fallen memorial site. The Cabinet approved a legislative decree that will add a pair of articles to the Historical Memory Law to legally safeguard the exhumation.
The regulation will mean anyone wanting to buy or home a puppy or kitten will have to deal directly with the breeder or rehoming centre, pledging to end the trade of unscrupulous breeders who keep animals in filthy and cramped conditions and force some to be pregnant many times over.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is reportedly being probed for his role in preventing migrants rescued at sea from disembarking in Sicily. Meanwhile, a deal has been reached to allow the migrants to leave the ship.
Human Rights Council under the President of Russian Federation suggests to decriminalize breach of the sanctity of religion when it comes to public actions aiming to insult the religious feelings of a believer (part 1, article 148 of the Penal Code). Instead, it is suggested to complement the Code of Administrative Offences with the so-called “aggravated insult”. If the amendments are approved by the members of the council, the document will be forwarded to the Russian Popular Front and to the law enforcement agencies.
The international human rights group Agora launched the “Apology of Protest” project that will specialize in helping those detained at mass protesters. The head of the new legal service, Aleksey Glukhov, told MediaZone how his colleagues are going to work in the regions, and what the detainees can expect at the European Court of Human Rights.