The Justice Palace in Tripoli. (The Daily Star/Fathi Masri)
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A new center for forensic science and rehabilitation will open at the Justice Palace in Tripoli within two months to collect evidence of prison torture and help victims heal.According to Suzanne Jabbour, the executive director of Restart, after the initial detention all Tripoli detainees should pass to the judiciary, at the Justice Palace, where they will be visited by lawyers, forensic experts, psychologists and doctors from the forensic center.According to Restart, fewer than 50 detainees usually pass through the Justice Palace per day, and the center will be able to process all who consent.Examiners must know how to detect hidden evidence of torture, said Denise Abboud, a sworn forensic expert for Lebanese tribunals.So the experts at the forensic center will have to collect evidence carefully, and Jabbour said they will follow the Istanbul Protocol.Ultimately, though, it is up to judges to convict security officers of torture – the forensic center can only provide evidence and legal support.
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