BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese man who was detained within the United Arab Emirates on unknown costs has died in custody, rights observers and members of the family stated on Friday, elevating questions on his attainable mistreatment by authorities.
A committee of members of the family of Lebanese residents detained within the UAE, together with the person who died earlier this month, alleged in an announcement that Ghazi Ezzedine, 55, had died below torture.
The UAE international ministry didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Sima Watling, a researcher with Amnesty Worldwide targeted on the Arab Gulf nation, stated that in keeping with Ezzedine’s household, he had been arrested on March 22 together with eight different folks, together with two of his brothers, on unknown costs.
Ezzedine died on Might 4, she stated. His household was solely notified a number of days later, when his son was requested by authorities to come back to the cemetery and establish the physique, she added. Ezzedine’s son was solely permitted to see his father’s face, whereas his physique was stored lined.
UAE authorities denied the household’s request to convey him again to Lebanon for burial, Watling stated. The 2 brothers who had been detained together with him had been subsequently launched from detention however banned from leaving the nation.
A Lebanese official who’s following the case instructed The Related Press that Ezzedine’s explanation for loss of life was unknown. He stated eight members of the identical household had been detained for unknown causes. The official spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of diplomatic contacts between Lebanon and the UAE are ongoing concerning the loss of life and the repatriation of the physique.
Afif Shouman, head of a gaggle of Lebanese households with family members detained within the Gulf nation, stated Ezzedine had lived within the UAE for 30 years “with out a lot as a visitors ticket.”
There have been “no suspicions concerning the man that he bought concerned in political issues and even non secular ones,” he stated.
UAE authorities have detained dozens of Lebanese, largely Shiites, prior to now over alleged hyperlinks to the Iran-backed Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. The UAE, like different Gulf Cooperation Council members, considers Hezbollah a terrorist group.
In 2019, the UAE sentenced one Lebanese nationwide to life in jail and two to 10 years in jail on costs of hyperlinks to Hezbollah.
Amnesty Worldwide stated in an announcement on the time the trial of the lads “failed to satisfy worldwide truthful trial requirements,” because the proof included confessions that had been “extracted below duress, and the defendants had been detained incommunicado for months and denied entry to legal professionals throughout interrogation and investigation.”
Watling stated Amnesty is worried concerning the lack of transparency concerning Ezzedine’s case and the linked detentions.
“Whether it is discovered that his loss of life was certainly illegal, they need to be sure that all these suspected of torture and illegal killing, together with these with command duty, are held accountable,” she stated.