EXTERNAL AI Index: MDE 30/48/96
17 December 1996
Further information (2) on UA 15/96 (MDE 30/03/96, 25 January 1996) and follow-up
MDE 30/05/96, 22 February 1996 - Fear of ill-treatment / Health concern /
Prisoner of conscience
TUNISIAMohamed Hedi SASSI
Mohamed Hedi Sassi, a member of the illegal Parti communiste des ouvriers
tunisiens (PCOT, Tunisian Workers' Communist Party), was released conditionally
by the Tunisian authorities on 14 December.
Mohamed Hedi Sassi had been arrested in April 1994 and was serving a total
sentence of three years and four months' imprisonment for supporting the PCOT,
insulting public order, distributing leaflets and writing a verse of the
Tunisian poet Abu Al-Kacem Chabbi's poem, "The chains must be broken" on a
wall. He had been beaten and tortured in detention before and after his trial
(see follow-up UA MDE 30/03/96, 25 January 1996).
Amnesty International welcomes his release, which the organization had sought
since his arrest, including in thousands of appeals from the Urgent Action
Network. However, it remains concerned that the charges against him have not
No further action by the Urgent Action Network is requested at present. Thanks
again to all who sent appeals.