So, it required four years for Jacqueline Sauvage's judicial fate to be distinguished from that awaiting murderers, thieves, rapists, drug traffickers and fraudsters. One day in September 2012 this 66-year-old woman, who had suffered for so long and who was seized by panic, killed her husband. Were there extenuating circumstances in her favour? Two or three come to mind: 1) this man had beaten her for years; 2) this man was sexually abusing their three daughters, also over a long period; 3) her son, worn down like her, had killed himself just before she committed her “crime”. The fact that the justice system, on a point of principle, found the accused guilty after two trials is its right, and is also the law. However, the fact that the same justice system on two occasions judged that after such a litany of woes this woman had to be sent to prison for ten years, and had to be kept there like a lost or dangerous person is quite another thing.
Since January 7, 2023 our colleague and friend Mortaza Behboudi has been imprisoned in Afghanistan, in the Taliban prisons.
We do not forget him and call for his release.