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Israel and the Occupied Territories: Further information: Torture/ill-treatment; legal concern: Ahmad Sulayman Musa Qatamesh and (new name) Suha Barghouthi

, N° d'index: MDE 15/024/1992

AI remains concerns about allegations that Ahmad Qatamesh has been tortured or ill-treated during interrogation. His detention was extended for a further 30 days on 23 September 1992; he is currently held in Ramallah Prison. Ahmad Qatamesh was not allowed to meet his lawyer until 23 September; at this meeting he complained to him about prolonged sleep deprivation and other ill-treatment including shackling. Suha Barghouthi, Ahmad Qatamesh's wife, was arrested on 24 September. She is apparently being interrogated in the Moscobiyyah detention centre about her husband's alleged activities on behalf of the PFLP. AI is seeking more information on the reasons for both arrests.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: MDE 15/24/92
Distr: UA/SC
25 September 1992
This is a limited action - please organize up to ten appeals per section.
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.
Amnesty International continues to call for an immediate investigation into
Ahmad Qatamesh's allegations of torture or ill-treatment and is also seeking
immediate assurances from the Israeli authorities that throughout any remaining
period of interrogation and detention he will be treated in conformity with
international standards for the treatment of detainees.
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FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters:
- expressing concern at the continuing allegations of torture or ill-treatment
of Ahmad Sulayman Musa Qatamesh (ID card No. 98370264);
- urging that his allegations be immediately and impartially investigated;
- seeking immediate assurances that he will be treated in conformity with
relevant international standards while he remains in custody;
- asking for information on the reasons for both his arrest and that of his
wife, Suha Bargouthi, and their current legal situation.
APPEALS TO:
1) Mr Yitzhak Rabin Salutation: Dear Prime Minister
Prime Minister and Minister of Defence
Office of the Prime Minister
3 Kaplan Street
Jerusalem 91919
State of Israel
Telegrams: Prime Minister Rabin, Jerusalem, Israel
Telexes: 25279 mpres il
Faxes: +972 2 664 838
2) Major-General Dani Yatom Salutation: Dear Major-General Yatom
Military Commander for
the Central Command
c/o Ministry of Defence
7 "A" Street, Hakirya
Tel Aviv 64734
State of Israel
Telegrams: Military Commander Central Command, Tel Aviv, Israel
Telexes: 371434 mod il
Faxes: +972 3 219851
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Judge Yosef Harish
Attorney General
P.O. Box 1087
Jerusalem
State of Israel
Faxes: +972 2 869473
and to diplomatic representatives of Israel and the Occupied Territories
accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 23 October 1992.

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