EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: MDE 15/24/92
25 September 1992
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Further information on 288/92 (MDE 15/22/92, 11 September 1992) -
Torture/ill-treatment and new concern: legal concern
ISRAEL AND THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES: Ahmad Sulayman Musa Qatamesh
and new name: Suha Barghouthi, female
Amnesty International remains concerned at allegations that Ahmad Sulayman
Musa Qatamesh (ID card No. 98370264), arrested on 1 September 1992, has been
tortured or ill-treatment while under interrogation. He is currently held in
Ramallah Prison. His detention was extended for a further 30 days on 23 September
1992. Amnesty International is also seeking information about the arrest of
Suha Barghouthi, the wife of Ahmad Qatamesh, on 24 September 1992.
Ahmad Qatamesh was not allowed to meet a lawyer until 23 September 1992. On
24 September 1992 he told his lawyer that since his bail hearing on 10 September
1992, he had continued to be subjected to prolonged sleep deprivation. His
lawyer confirmed that he was extremely tired. He also said that he was being
made to sit throughout the day on a low chair with his hands shackled behind
his back, although he said that he was no longer being hooded because he had
had difficulty breathing. He complained of a constant, severe headache and
of other pains, but said that he was refusing medication until he was allowed
to sleep. Ahmad Qatamesh stated that on at least three occasions interrogators
had told him that he should have been killed rather than detained, and that
once he was told that "measures would be taken" to ensure that "something"
happened to him. Ahmad Qatamesh remains under interrogation.
Suha Barghouthi, Ahmad Qatamesh's wife, was also arrested on 24 September 1992,
and was taken to the Moscobiyyah detention centre in Jerusalem where she is
apparently being interrogated about her husband's activities. The couple have
a three-year-old daughter.
Amnesty International understands that Ahmad Qatamesh is being interrogated
in connection with membership and activities on behalf of the Popular Front
for the Liberation of Palestine. It is continuing to seek information on the
exact reasons for his arrest and his current legal situation. It is also seeking
similar information about Suha Barghouthi.