EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: MDE 18/03/94
20 April 1994
Further information on UA 149/94 (MDE 18/02/94, 15 April 1994) - Death Penalty
/ Fear of Imminent Execution
LEBANON: Bassam Salah al-Muslah
'Abd al-Karim Hujayj
Ne'meh Hammadi (in absentia) (note corrected name)
and new name: Shaker al-Buraydi
According to reports, the Commission des grâces has recommended to President
Elias Hrawi that Bassam al-Muslah be executed. The President has apparently
confirmed the sentence. The file is now being passed to the Minister of Justice
for preparation of the decree of execution and it has been reported that the
execution may take place on 23 April 1994.
The Commission des grâces is also reported to be due to consider the death
sentences passed on 'Abd al-Karim Hujayj, Muhammad Za'tar and Ne'meh Hammadi
on 22 April. They were sentenced to death on 12 April 1994 by the Court of
Justice. There was no right of appeal. The decision of the commission will
then be passed on to the Minister of Justice, who in turn will pass it to the
President, who has the power of commutation.
Amnesty International has just learned that on 17 April, another man, Shaker
al-Buraydi, was sentenced to death by a military court. He was convicted of
having killed three policemen in March 1994.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes and airmail letters
in English, Arabic, French or your own language:
- urging that Bassam al-Muslah not be executed;
- urging that the death sentences of the other four men be commuted as well
as any other current or future death sentences;
- pointing out that there is no reliable evidence that the death penalty deters
violent crime and that there is an inescapable risk that innocent people may
- expressing regret at the recent expansion of the death penalty in Lebanon,
and urging that all legislation providing for the death penalty be reviewed.
The number of capital offences should be reduced with a view to abolishing
the death penalty.
1. President Elias Hrawi
Telegrams: President Hrawi, Beirut, Lebanon
Salutation: Your Excellency
2. Rafik Hariri
Office of the Prime MInister