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Future bloc slams unwarranted arrests in Tripoli

Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora headed the Future bloc's meeting, on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati&Nohra,HO)

BEIRUT: The Future bloc Tuesday slammed "violations" committed by the Lebanese Army-led security plan in the northern city of Tripoli, including unwarranted arrests as well as physical and psychological torture to extract false confessions.

“The security plan’s implementation included several violations. Many arrests were based on telecoms data which have no legal basis,” the bloc said in a statement after its weekly meeting.

“Most of the arrests were also based on interrogations that took place under duress or under physical and mental pressure to force suspects into admitting they were part of armed groups, leading to other terror charges against young men, who only carried weapons."

The statement, read by MP Ammar Houri, urged the authorities to implement the security plan in line with the rule of law.

“Therefore, we should work on revoking all evidence gleaned from telecoms data because they are illegal, and consider the application of the law as the only standard to detain suspects,” it said.

“[We should also] take into consideration the absence of protection provided by the state and its institutions for citizens,” it added.

The bloc also asked authorities to immediately transfer civilians detained in the Rayhana Prison to other institutions, as the former was a military detention center.

The MPs also demanded officials put an end to what they described as General Security's "list of suspects" who were detained without warrants.

In April, the government commissioned a security plan for the restive northern city to restore law and order following a series of clashes linked to the crisis in Syria.

The statement condemned attacks on cafes in the northern city, especially during Ramadan fasting hours.

“Whoever has carried out such attacks participates in inciting strife and no one has the right to interfere in people’s freedoms and privacy,” the bloc said.

 

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