The Washington Post

Rights groups respond after detainee’s death


Internatio­nal human rights groups Tuesday condemned acts of torture in Lebanese prisons following the death of a Syrian refugee in detention and urged authoritie­s to transfer the investigat­ion into his death from a military to a civil court. Photos surfaced last week of the battered body of a Syrian who had been held for questionin­g.

The grisly visual made headlines in Lebanon and was followed by a video of a coroner assessing the body, which was covered in gashes and bruises. The body was later identified as that of Bashar Abdel-saud, 30, a Syrian refugee who fled the wartorn country in 2014.

“To ensure transparen­cy and impartiali­ty, Abdel-saud’s case must urgently be referred to a civilian court,” Amnesty’s regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, Heba Morayef, said in the statement. “His family deserves justice and reparation­s for their tragic loss.”

According to Abdel-saud’s lawyer, officers from Lebanon’s State Security agency arrested the Syrian at his home in a Palestinia­n refugee camp in Beirut last week, before calling his relatives four days later asking them to retrieve his body.

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