Concept

FRONT-LEX COURT 2022 CONCEPT

Preamble

For about 10 years, Europe has been pursuing an increasingly radical and inhumane policy of closing its borders and turning back refugees. International conventions and laws are being blatantly flouted. Political leaders and officials are systematically committing crimes against humanity. They are guilty of failing to assist people in danger and are complicit in torture, rape and murder. Hostile agreements are made with criminal groups and illegitimate governments.

As a result of this disgraceful policy, tens of thousands of people have died miserably by drowning or some other peril.
We have the names of those responsible for these crimes against humanity. We will hold them to account and bring them before the ordinary courts or the Front-Lex Tribunal 2022 in Brussels.

Who will be prosecuted?

A total of 24 officials from the EU and its agencies such as Frontex, as well as politicians and officials from 10 European states: Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Greece, Hungary, Croatia, the UK and the Netherlands, will be prosecuted.

What criminal offences will be admitted and investigated?

The following offences will be submitted to the Court for preliminary examination and admitted
Non-assistance to a person in danger resulting in death; obstruction of assistance resulting in death (strategic procedure against public participation); violation of human dignity and of the Convention on Human Rights ECHR (art. depending on the case/witness); crimes against humanity.

Proceedings

Place of trial: Brussels.
Brussels is the seat of European politics.
Duration: Friday to Monday (over 4 days).
During the first 3 days, 24 defendants will be tried.
Each of them will be tried on two counts and will be heard for approximately two hours.
Rehabilitation and public rectification.
On Monday, the Tribunal will examine the defamation, discrimination and criminalisation of refugee aid workers. Providing aid is not a crime, it is a duty, and receiving aid is a right. Providing aid should not be prohibited. The cases of unjustly punished rescuers and volunteers will be submitted to the Tribunal and their rehabilitation will be recommended.

Forum for the “Other Europe

We also want to give the Other Europe a strong and effective platform. To this end, a demonstration of the “Other Europe” in the form of a huge forum will take place in parallel to the trial during the 4 days, with activists, mayors, municipalities, NGOs, etc. This gathering could take place, for example, in a cultural centre or on a campus. This relocation is necessary because of the lack of space at the Tribunal.
Instead of concentrating the meetings in one place, they could be spread out and propagated in different smaller places and spaces. This could also allow for implementation in pandemic-like conditions.

Gatherings for the other Europe

National committees can network with Front-Lex and organise other rallies in other European cities, either simultaneously with the trials or at a later date. In addition, we will reach out to committed humanists, visual artists, musicians, writers and public figures. We will propose ideas for The Other Europe: for example, a Europe-wide call for a direct and unbureaucratic reception of refugees by communities, parishes, families and individuals, along the lines of the Swiss Freiplatzaktion for Chilean refugees in 1973.

Judgement

After the actual trial, the judges will retire to deliberate and render their judgment. The judges’ verdict will only be announced a few days later in Brussels (or Ghent). We expect that the day the judges read their verdict will be widely covered by the media. This could be a good opportunity to organise other events. The reading of the verdict will be simultaneously translated and broadcast live in different places in the city and elsewhere.

Composition of the court

The panel of judges will consist of at least six recognised and respected judges from different countries, as well as a registrar. Extraordinary judges may be appointed for the hearing of pardon applications (on Mondays). Two different panels of judges may therefore be appointed.

Protection and security protocol

For all these events, a security protocol is needed; in addition to the usual police protection, we need to request special protection for witnesses, victims and judges. Specific measures must be taken to avoid disruption caused by right-wing extremist actions. This latent danger, whether planned or spontaneous, must be taken seriously

Preparation of charges and cases

A total of 24 politicians and officials will be indicted. Experts and lawyers will prepare detailed and exemplary indictment files for all charges. These will be submitted to the judges well in advance so that they can prepare and, if necessary, formulate questions. The cases will be presented by the prosecution lawyers and enriched by statements from witnesses, victims and experts. Witnesses and victims may be questioned by the judges. In exceptional and duly motivated cases, witnesses and experts may be heard and questioned by video conference.

Regulation of contact with judges

Contact with the judges must be restricted to one person on the committee. All other committee members will be strictly forbidden to communicate with the judges. This is to ensure the overall credibility of the Tribunal. Judges and witnesses/victims/experts will be accommodated in separate hotels.

Rights of appearance and legal representation of the accused.

The accused will have the right to appear in person and will be formally summoned to do so. Accused persons appearing in person are required to submit an affidavit in writing in advance that they will not interfere with or disrupt the proceedings of the Tribunal in any way.

Satellite Events of the Trial and Judgment

The Tribunal will be simultaneously translated into four or five languages, broadcast live and transmitted to the various locations where the satellite events (public screenings) will take place. Press, radio and television will be able to cover the trials and side events live after obtaining accreditation.

Side events at the Tribunal and at the reading of the verdict

The Tribunal will be simultaneously translated into four or five languages, broadcast live and transmitted to the different locations where the satellite events (public screenings) will take place. The press, radio and television will be able to cover the trials and side events live after obtaining accreditation.

Admission of the public

Admission to the Tribunal is only possible upon presentation of a valid ID and an admission ticket obtained in advance.

Announcement of the common law trials of the accused

At the press conference at which the Tribunal’s verdict is made public, the Front-Lex Committee will also announce the defendants who will be prosecuted in the ordinary courts.

Funding and budget

Funding for the first few months has been provided by the Front-Lex Foundation.
We are also seeking support from organisations, foundations and private donors.
For overall funding, we plan to launch a major crowdfunding campaign in the second quarter of 2021.

The 2021 budget for the legal department and the court is around € 650,000.

Documentary film and filming (Making-of)

The Tribunal, its history and the events surrounding it are to be documented by a professional film crew. Discussions are already underway in this respect.

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