The Lebanese judiciary arrests security forces after the death of a Syrian detainee under torture

The Lebanese judiciary arrests security forces after the death of a Syrian detainee under torture
The Lebanese judiciary arrests security forces after the death of a Syrian detainee under torture

Outside a detention center in the Lebanese capital, Beirut (Anwar Amro/AFP)

Today, Saturday, the government commissioner to the Lebanese Military Court, Judge Fadi Akiki, issued a decision to arrest an officer and four members of the State Security Service, pending an investigation into the death of a Syrian arrested young man, Bashar Abdel-Saud, under torture, a judicial official announced.

He explained that Abdel-Saud “died three hours after his arrest, as he was subjected to severe torture and shocks that led to his heart stopping and his death,” noting that he died before arriving at the hospital.

On August 31, the State Security arrested the young Abdel Saud, and he was transferred to the State Security Bureau in Bint Jbeil District (southern Lebanon) for interrogation with other detainees.

According to the judicial official, Akiki subjected the State Security Office, where the detainees were tortured, to preliminary investigations under his supervision. He said that the torture suspects wanted “to extract confessions from the deceased that he heads a security cell affiliated with ISIS, but he insisted on denying these accusations.”

He added that “other detainees of the deceased’s companions were also subjected to torture in order to extract confessions that they belong to ISIS,” noting that traces of torture are visible on their bodies, and two of them are still under arrest.

Pictures showed the dead detainee’s body covered in bruises, blue spots and cuts. The State Security Service announced that it had “placed the incident in the hands of the competent judiciary.”

This is not the first time that Lebanese security services have been accused of resorting to torture during investigations. In September 2017, Lebanon passed an anti-torture law. In March 2021, Amnesty International accused Lebanese security services and army intelligence of committing violations against Syrian refugees after their arrest, including resorting to “horrific methods of torture” and depriving them of a “fair trial”. The methods of torture included beatings with metal sticks, electric cables, and plastic pipes, hanging detainees upside down, and forcing them into stress positions.

(AFP)


The article is in Arabic

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