US News: Affair Epstein: To have the right to a fair trial, the family of Ghislaine Maxwell seizes the United Nations

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The brothers and sisters of Ghislaine Maxwell filed their motion to Geneva with the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

Ghislaine Maxwell dans les locaux de l'ONU à New York en 2013, pour présenter un projet en faveur des océans (illustration). © Rick Bajornas / AP / SIPA Ghislaine Maxwell at the UN premises in New York in 2013, to present a project in favor of the oceans (illustration). Defense - The brothers and sisters of Ghislaine Maxwell filed their motion to Geneva with the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

, while his trial must open on November 29, the relatives of Ghislaine Maxwell continue to try to try to try. All for everything to help him. His family seized the experts from the UN Monday, considering that his hold in the United States in the context of the Epstein case is unjustified and that it has no chance of having a fair trial.

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The brothers and sisters of Ghislaine Maxwell denounce "serious violations of the rights of the defense and the presumption of innocence, unworthy treatments and degrading that our sister has suffered and continues to suffer in prison where it is held in isolation. For 500 days unjustified ", according to a statement of their lawyers François Zimeray and Jessica Finelle, specialized in Human Rights files.

A group without coercion power

The latter filed their request in Geneva in Switzerland with the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which has no coercion power but whose calls have weight due to the reputation of independence and seriousness of his investigations. These experts do not express themselves on behalf of the organization.

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The two lawyers point out that their approach is independent of the defense on the basis of the United States and based solely on what they feel like "numerous violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights", ratified by The United States, and the United Nations rules on the treatment of prisoners, known as Mandela rules.

A fight against arbitrariness

"There is a narrow line that separates justice from revenge. We do not fight against the plaintiffs but against arbitrariness. In court of public opinion, Ms. Maxwell was presumed guilty, condemned and diabolized before any judgment, "the lawyers point out. They also accuse the American authorities to have it incarcerated under particularly hard conditions.

"Everything happens as if Ghislaine Maxwell suffered the consequences of the inability of the US administration to preserve Jeffrey Epstein's life and to guarantee his trial," they advance. The application also denounces a detention "According to an exceptional regime": isolation, numerous daily bodily excavations, surveillance 24 hours a day ...

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