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Syria/Lebanon: Fear of torture/Incommunicado detention/Legal concern, Hanna Chalita.

, Index number: MDE 24/017/2003

On 10 May, Hanna Chalita, a member of the unauthorised Lebanese Forces Party (LFP), was arrested at the Syrian-Lebanese border. He has since been held incommunicado, reportedly at the Palestine Branch Detention Centre in Damascus where torture and ill-treatment of political detainees is routine. Hanna Chalita's lawyer approached the Syrian authorities regarding his client on 12 May, but was denied access to him.

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