Document - Further information on UA 405/91 (AFR 50/03/91, 21 November and AFR 50/04/91, 9 December) - Seychelles: torture: John Francois





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EXTERNAL (for general distribution)AI Index: AFR 50/05/91

Distr: UA/SC


24 December 1991


Further information on UA 405 /91 (AFR 50/03/91, 21 November) and follow-up AFR 50/04/91 (9 December 1991) - Torture


SEYCHELLES:John FRANÇOIS




On 23 December 1991 Amnesty International received a letter from President France-Albert René of the Seychelles enclosing the information that John François has been granted access to a lawyer.


Amnesty International had been concerned that John François, convicted of the criminal offence of robbery with violence, had been denied access to his lawyer and had been ill-treated while in Grand Police camp, a maximum security prison run by the army. On 27 November 1991 President France-Albert René had responded to Amnesty International's concerns about the alleged ill-treatment.


FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telegrams/telexes/faxes/express or airmail letters - one per UA coordinator:


- thanking the authorities for their response to Amnesty International's expressions of concern about the alleged denial of access of John François to a lawyer.


APPEALS TO:


His Excellency Mr France-Albert René

President of the Republic of the Seychelles

State House

PO Box 655

Victoria, Seychelles


[Salutation: Your Excellency]


Telegrams: President René, Seychelles

Telexes: 2217 STATE SZ

Faxes: + 248 24200

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