Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Syrian "Torturocracy" Must Go

Word comes from Amnesty International of a Syrian woman tortured in the presence of a judge and police officials:

"Amna al-'Allush's weeping and crying could be heard in his office located less than five metres away and the door of which was left open. The policeman continued to beat her while she kept denying the charges. After that she was untied and taken away but was barely able to walk due to the severity of the beating. On the following morning a policeman brought her to the judge and told him that she had confessed…"

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE

AI Index: MDE 24/006/2005 (Public) - News Service No: 023
31 January 2005

Syria: Amna al-'Allush, allegedly tortured in the presence of a judge and senior local official

The Syrian authorities must investigate all allegations of torture made in the case of Amna al-'Allush, a woman originally sentenced to 12 year's imprisonment on charges of murder, following an unfair trial that relied on a "confession" reportedly extracted under torture…
"Amna al-'Allush was tortured on the orders and in the presence of two local police officials and a judge, according to evidence presented by witnesses," said Arlette Laduguie, Deputy Programme Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International… At least two policemen and one court clerk told the Criminal Court of Raqqa that they had seen Amna al-'Allush being tortured and forced to "confess" when she was interrogated at the Ma'dan Court building on the night of 16-17 March 2002 on charges of murder. The witnesses stated that she had arrived at the building escorted by the local head of police and the city mayor. They also stated they saw the police unload cable wires and tyres from the police car which were later used as torture devices against her.
The witnesses said Amna al-'Allush was interrogated in the presence of the two local police officials and a judge. One of the witnesses, a court clerk who was brought to take minutes during the interrogation session, said that Amna al-'Allush was forced to change her loose dress for combat trousers. This was apparently done to prevent parts of her body being exposed when she was fitted into the tyres in preparation for torture.
The clerk said Amna al-'Allush kept denying the charges, pleading her innocence, when questioned by the judge. But shortly afterwards, she was fitted into the tyres. Then the head of the police station started beating her repeatedly with a triple cable wire while the judge and the local mayor watched and then left the room.
"I heard the head of police threatening the defendant by saying Al-layl tawil wa al-Rabb karim (God is gracious and night is long)", the witness stated. After a while, the judge returned to the interrogation room and asked the policeman beating her: "has she confessed?". The policeman said "no". The judge then left the room again. Amna al-'Allush's weeping and crying could be heard in his office located less than five metres away and the door of which was left open. The policeman continued to beat her while she kept denying the charges. After that she was untied and taken away but was barely able to walk due to the severity of the beating. On the following morning a policeman brought her to the judge and told him that she had confessed…
http://www.amnestyusa.org/countries/syria/document.do?id=80256DD400782B8480256F9A0045529C

1 Comments:

At 6:49 PM, Blogger ariana said...

No time is better than the present for this to happen!

Ariana

 

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