Human Rights Activist in Seychelles Takes Another Beating
Mr. Jean Paul Isaac, a high profile human rights activist and journalist has been slammed with a Selective Prosecution criminal case, by the state prosecuting consul from the office of the Attorney General in Seychelles.
Under Section 71 of the Criminal Procedure Code, Mr. Isaac, who has been at the forefront of human rights abuse in Seychelles as a defender when many have gone silent, has been served papers to appear before the courts in the Republic of Seychelles, on charges that are trumped up and baseless.
These charges, because they are very remote in time, and baseless, only show that the Attorney General has now embarked on a policy of Selective Prosecution, which it will apply to all those, who call themselves, activists, or vanguards of human rights in Seychelles.
Unlawful Detention and Unlawful Beating, Then Criminal Charges
The incident in question involves the unlawful detention without Probable Cause in jail at Port Glaud Police Station of Jean Paul Isaac on December 30th, 2010. Under detention by the Seychelles Police, Mr. Isaac was brutally assaulted by Seychelles Police officers, SI Payet, and Officer Roch Idris. Additionally, an unknown Seychelles People’s Defense Forces officer at the time, attached to the Seychelles Police.
It has now come to light the Seychelles Defense Forces officer is named: L/CPL Jean Claude Marengo.
No rights were read to Mr. Isaac at the time of detention. The reason for detention was not stated. No charges other then this one “Disorderly Conduct in Police Building” were ever filed .
Mr. Isaac was beaten in the face numerous times , groin , and used a hand cuff to break his mouth, and another hand cuff was used to slam and damage his risk permanently. He is handicapped in the fore risk.
To add insult to injury, his phone and money Sr. 1,000.00 was taken from him. His phone was returned, but his money was not returned.
Prior to being charged for a crime, Mr. Isaac attorney had claimed damages for Sr. 500,000.00.
Conflicting Human Rights Report
This incident was already reported to the Seychelles Human Rights Commission which submitted Two (2) totally different reports, in what appears to be a cover up. This cover up is shameful in it’s own right and merits a footnote at a later time.
The incident with photos of beaten Jean Paul Isaac was loaded on Facebook soon after the incident, and they are a disgraceful testimony of the brutality, casual disrespect of fundamental human rights that is still ongoing in the Seychelles Police culture.
Selective Prosecution is a defense in procedure, which the Defendant argues that they should not be held criminally liable for breaking a law, as the criminal justice system has discriminated against them by choosing to prosecute the Defendant.
This is reinforced under the Seychelles Constitution of the 3rd Republic, Charter of Fundamental Human Rights, Article 27, which recognizes the Right to Equal Protection of all Citizens, no official of the state, shall deny any citizen Equal Protection under the laws of Seychelles.
Here clearly, the laws of Seychelles are being used to selectively prosecute a great defender of human rights in Seychelles, when many, have gone silent, under the burdens of fear and intimidation.
Why Selectively Prosecute Isaac?.......
In my opinion, Mr. Isaac is being selectively prosecuted to get rid of another human rights complaint which has reached the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. UN Human Rights Commission after Seychelles failed to file any country report on human rights, for 19 years. Too many squeaky wheels may lead some to conclude the car is not running right.
In a letter to the Commission of UN Human Rights Commission, January 15th, 2012, SFP Ambassador UK, Mr. Gary Tall, wrote putting the UN on Notice of a “persistent pattern in [Seychelles], by the Attorney General’s Office, to bring criminal lawsuits forward, that are politically motivated, borne out of harassment and intimidation, to cover up instances of Police abuse, torture, unlawful detention. The roots of this culture of political oppression are well dug into the One Party State dictatorship practice from 1977 onwards.”
What is happening to Jean Paul Isaac is not new to us in Seychelles. Many Seychellois are regularly brutalized by the Police and state agents year round. But few record the incidents, or even complain out of fear and intimidation tactics. In a small community where jobs and economic opportunity are controlled by a strong ruling party and thugs are treated like hero’s by the ruling party, fear and intimidation is always real. The only way to face fear and intimidation is to expose it, until the practice stops. The hero’s have to be socially disrobed for who they are thugs!
The Buck Stops On Mr. President’s Desk -Always
Is Selective Prosecution James Michel version of a “new Seychelles”?
Mr. Michel may not like Mr. Isaac’s style or he may not like his speech content either.
But if Mr. Michel believes in a “New Seychelles” , as he says to us every day, he is duty bound by the grips of history that hold his ankles in place, to see to it that selective prosecution by the Attorney General office is put a stop to in Seychelles once and for all.
We will not rest until Human Rights are respected in our country and every Seychellois is a duly respected citizen of his /her motherland.
Sesel Pou Seselwa!
May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois!