Document - United Arab Emirates (UAE) / Libya: Further information on Incommunicado detention / "disappearance", fear of forcible return

PUBLICAI Index: MDE 25/005/2001


7 September 2001


Further information on UA 193/01 (MDE 25/003/2001, 31 July 2001) and follow-up (MDE 25/004/2001,3 September 2001) - Incommunicado detention/”disappearance”, fear of forcible return


New Concern: Death in custody


United Arab Emirates (UAE)/Libya


Ahmad Mohammad ‘Ali ‘Ak’ak [m]

Ali Bashir [m]

Ali ‘Amish [m]

Abdullah Abu al-Qasim al-Ghazal [m], aged 39

Ahmad Ramadhan Hussain Qanud [m], aged 36




Amnesty International has learned that ‘Abdullah Abu al-Qasim al-Ghazal has died in custody. On 6 September his wife was summoned at al-Khalidiya Police Station in Abu Dhabi to be told that her husband had committed suicide. She was asked to collect his body for burial. His wife refused to do so and has asked for an autopsy to be carried out.


The fate and whereabouts of Ahmad Mohammad ‘Ali ‘Ak’ak, ‘Ali Bashir, ‘Ali ‘Amish and Ahmad Ramadhan Hussain Qanud remain unknown.



FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals in English, Arabic or your own language:


- urging that a full and independent investigation into the death in custody of ‘Abdullah Abu al-Qasim al-Ghazal be immediately carried out, the results of which should be made public;

- requesting information about the fate and whereabouts of Ahmad Mohammad ‘Ali ‘Ak’ak, ‘Ali Bashir, ‘Ali ‘Amish and Ahmad Ramadhan Hussain Qanud;

- urging their immediate release if they are not to be charged with a recognizable criminal offence;

- urging that they should not be forcibly returned to Libya.



APPEALS TO:


President

His Highness

al-Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan

President of the United Arab Emirates

Ruler of Abu Dhabi

Manhal Palace

PO Box 280, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Telexes: 22220 PALACE EM

Telegrams:President Al-Nahyan, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Salutation: Your Highness


Minister of Interior

His Excellency

General Dr Mohammad Saeed al-Badi

Minister of Interior

PO Box 398

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Faxes: +971 2 4414938

Telegrams: Interior Minister, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Salutation: Your Excellency


Minister of Justice & Islamic Affairs

His Excellency Mohammad Nukhairah al-Dhahiri

Minister of Justice & Islamic Affairs

Ministry of Justice & Islamic Affairs

PO Box 753 Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates

Telegrams:Justice Minister, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Faxes:+ 971 4 282 5557

email: mojia@uae.gov.ae

Salutation:Your Excellency



COPIES TO:


- diplomatic representatives of the United Arab Emirates accredited to your country.


- Dubai Police

Human Rights Department

P. O. Box 1493

Dubai

Fax: + 971 4 201 4199





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