NGO’S CONDEMN PROLONGED DETENTION OF LF MILITANS 29 November 2001, 14:22

Discours et Textes, Samir Geagea

Two human rights organizations condemned the detention of five Lebanese Forces militants including Samir Geagea’s ex-political adviser Toufic Hindi.
In a joint communiqué issued Tuesday, the “New Human Rights Organization – Lebanon delegation” and the “Human Rights Organization – Lebanon,” said that the detention conditions of the five men “do not meet international standards.”

Hindi, along with Selman Samaha, Elie Keyrouz, Antoine Bassil and Habib Younes were arrested in an army crackdown on LF militants and supporters of General Michel Aoun on August 7.

Despite the fact that the communiqué said the prisoners are being “well treated”, it called on the authorities to allow the prisoners to stand trial before a civil court not a military court as expected.

The communiqué added that the prisoners were arrested “while practicing their right to freedom of speech and peaceful rally, which makes their detention political.”

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