EM­BASSY: FRENCH LAW PRE­SUMES IN­NO­CENCE

French Em­bassy in Manila is­sues state­ment to be­lie Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s state­ment that sus­pects are pre­sumed guilty in France.

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The French Em­bassy in Manila said Wed­nes­day that Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte was wrong when he said laws in France pre­sume a per­son guilty un­til proven in­no­cent.

“We have to point out that, as in the Philippines, the pre­sump­tion of in­no­cence un­til proven guilty is at the core of the French ju­di­cial sys­tem,” an em­bassy state­ment said.

“France strongly be­lieves in the im­por­tance of the rule of law, due process and re­spect for hu­man rights in all coun­tries, in­clud­ing the Philippines,” it added.

On Mon­day, Duterte ranted against U.N. rights ex­pert Agnes Cal­la­mard, whose tweets last week urged the Philippines to make the death of 17-year-old Kian Loyd de­los San­tos the last in the cruel war on drugs.

In his in­vec­tive-laden re­ply to a reporter’s ques­tion, Duterte said Cal­la­mard should not to lec­ture him and that in her own coun­try, France, they can de­tain a per­son al­most in­def­i­nitely “and the French law says you are guilty, and you have to prove your in­no­cence.”

Cal­la­mard, a vo­cal critic of the wide­spread drug killings, in tweets said de­los San­tos was the “latest sym­bol of a mas­sive, gov­ern­ment-led, hu­man rights cri­sis,” cit­ing an au­topsy re­port show­ing he was shot at least twice in the head, ap­par­ently at close range.

Mur­der com­plaints were filed Fri­day against po­lice of­fi­cers in con­nec­tion with the Aug. 16 shoot­ing death of the teenager in Caloocan City.

The stu­dent, who wanted to be­come a po­lice of­fi­cer, was one of more than 80 drug and crime sus­pects killed in pur­ported gun­bat­tles with po­lice over three days this month in the blood­i­est pe­riod of Duterte’s anti-drug cam­paign.

The killings have sparked alarm and in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the Se­nate, the po­lice and the Na­tional Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Anger and protests have fo­cused on the killing of De­los San­tos, who po­lice say was a drug dealer who opened fire with a pis­tol dur­ing a raid.

His fam­ily, how­ever, says he was mer­ci­lessly killed by po­lice as he was plead­ing for his life and telling the po­lice he had an exam in school the next day.

France strongly be­lieves in the im­por­tance of the rule of law, due process and re­spect for hu­man rights in all coun­tries, in­clud­ing the Philippines. EM­BASSY OF FRANCE in Manila

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