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Further information on UA 66/94 (MDE 30/05/94, 22 February) - Tunisia: fear of torture in illegally prolonged incommunicado detention: Ali Mabouj

, رقم الوثيقة: MDE 30/008/1994

Ali Mabouj, who was arrested on 6 February 1994, is not longer being held in garde a vue police detention. However, there remains concern that he may still be at risk of ill-treatment, and may still not be granted full access to his family and lawyer. He had spent 17 days in incommunicado garde a vue detention, which is far in excess of the maximum 10 days allowed under Tunisian law. His family and lawyer are hoping to be able to visit him without delay. He has reportedly been charged with belonging to an illegal organization, and is due to be tried on 31 March. His treatment while incommunicado is currently unknown.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: MDE 30/08/94
Distr: UA/SC
3 March 1994
Further information on UA 66/94 (MDE 30/05/94, 22 February 1994) - Fear of
torture in illegally prolonged incommunicado detention
TUNISIA:Ali MABOUJ
Amnesty International has received reports that Ali Mabouj, who was arrested
on 6 February 1994, is no longer being held in garde à vue police detention.
However, the organization remains concerned that he may still be at risk of
ill-treatment, and may still not be granted full access to his family and lawyer.
Ali Mabouj was transferred to Harboub Prison, near Medenine, in the evening
of 22 February. He had spent 17 days in incommunicado garde à vue police
detention, which is far in excess of the maximum 10 days allowed under Tunisian
law. His family and lawyer are hoping to be able to visit him without delay.
He has reportedly been charged with belonging to an unauthorized organization,
and is due to be tried in the Medenine Court of First Instance on 31 March.
Amnesty International has not been able to determine when he was presented
to the public prosecutor.
Amnesty International is also currently unable to establish Ali Mabouj's
treatment whilst he was held incommunicado, or his present conditions of
detention. The organization is concerned that he should be given immediate
and full access to his family, lawyer, and to medical care as necessary.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters in French, Arabic, English or your own language:
- expressing concern that Ali Mabouj was held in prolonged incommunicado
detention without access to his family and legal counsel in breach of both
Tunisian law and international standards;
- urging the authorities to allow him immediate and full access to his family,
lawyer, and to medical care as necessary;
- urging the authorities to ensure that he is not ill-treated;
- urging the authorities to investigate the reasons for Ali Mabouj's prolonged
incommunicado detention.
APPEALS TO: (All salutations: Excellence/Your Excellency)
1) President
M. Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
Président de la République
Palais Présidentiel
Tunis/Carthage, Tunisie
Faxes: +216 1 744 721
Telexes: 14900 prpsa tn 12163 ppsd tn
Telegrams: Président Ben Ali, Tunis, Tunisie
2) Minister of Justice
M. Sadok Chaâbane
Ministre de la Justice
Ministère de la Justice
Boulevard Bab Benat
Tunis, Tunisie
Faxes: +216 1 568 106 or +216 1 567 070
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Telexes: 13000 maet tn (via Ministère de l'Intérieur)
Telegrams: Ministre de la Justice Chaâbane, Tunis, Tunisie
3) Minister of the Interior
M. Abdallah Kallel
Ministre de l'Intérieur
Ministère de l'Intérieur
Avenue Habib Bourguiba
Tunis, Tunisie
Faxes: +216 1 340 888
Telexes: 13662 sdap tn
Telegrams: Ministre de l'Intérieur Kallel, Tunis, Tunisie
4) Minister of Foreign Affairs
M. Habib Ben Yahia
Ministre des Affaires étrangères
Ministère des Affaires étrangères
Place du Gouvernement
La Kasbah
Tunis, Tunisie
Faxes: +216 1 791005
Telexes: 14470 mafta tn, 14471 mafta tn, 14472 mafta tn
Telegrams: Ministre des Affaires étrangères Ben Yahia, Tunis, Tunisie
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
M. Iadh Ouederni
Conseiller présidentiel pour les Droits de l'Homme
Attaché à la Présidence de la République
Palais Présidentiel
Tunis/Carthage, Tunisie
Faxes: +216 1 731 009 or +216 1 742 513
M. Mohamed Bellaji
Directeur des Affairs politiques auprès du Ministère de l'Intérieur
Ministère de l'Intérieur
Avenue Habib Bourguiba
Tunis, Tunisie
Faxes: +216 1 348 365
and to diplomatic representatives of TUNISIA accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 14 April 1994.

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