Tuesday, July 28, 2009

No Law for Detained Palestinians

Lebanese Army Attacks on Nahr El-Bared Palestinian Refugee Camp

By Mona Alami

"BEIRUT, Jul 28 (IPS) - Palestinian refugee Youssef Shaaban was released from prison early this month - after serving 16 years in a Lebanese prison for a crime he did not commit....

Shaaban told IPS he was tortured in jail. The torture methods included the "metal chair", where he was forced to sit on a metal chair that put pressure on the spine. Other forms of torture were suspension by his feet, electric shocks, and denial of sleep.

Several Palestinian refugees have been detained for years without prosecution.

"My son Kassem was arrested in the wake of the Nahr el-Bared war between the Lebanese army and the Fateh el-Islam terrorist group in 2007," says Dr Lutfi Hajj Ahmad, member now of the Committee for the Parents of Nahr el- Bared Detainees. "He was 15 at the time.".....

Article 108 of the penal code, which legislates detention periods, does not place a limit when it comes to crimes against the state's security, says lawyer Paul Morcos....."

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