Geagea’s Prison Conditions Reported Improved May 27, 2003

Discours et Textes, Samir Geagea

Samir Geagea’s prison conditions at the defense ministry compound in Yarze have lately been improved, An Nahar said in a 12-word news tidbit in Arabic Tuesday, giving no further details. Several human rights organizations at home and abroad have long protested the harsh treatment the commander of the Lebanese Forces has been getting since he was held in solitary confinement in a windowless underground cell since 1994.

LF activists have recently marked his ninth year in prison by rallies calling for his release as a precondition for genuine national reconciliation in Lebanon to bring down the curtain on the fallout of Lebanon’s 1975-199 civil war once and for all. Some 60,000 signatures have been collected in less than two months for a public petition calling for Geagea’s release either by a presidential parole or an amnesty bill in parliament.

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