EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: MDE 30/08/94
3 March 1994
Further information on UA 66/94 (MDE 30/05/94, 22 February 1994) - Fear of
torture in illegally prolonged incommunicado detention
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
APPEALS TO: (All salutations: Excellence/Your Excellency)
M. Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
Président de la République
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
Faxes: +216 1 568 106 or +216 1 567 070