Actor Ziad Itani in Al-Tariq Al-Jadideh after his release on March 13, 2018 (The Daily Star/ Hasan Shaaban)
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Rights groups are pointing to Ziad Itani's case as evidence of an ongoing problem with the treatment of detainees despite Lebanon's newly adopted anti-torture law. Their comments came after Human Rights Watch Monday released a new report detailing allegations the actor was tortured under interrogation.Officials said at the time that Itani had been framed by Maj.Itani told The Daily Star that the details of his ordeal as presented in the HRW report were accurate.According to the HRW report, Itani described being forced into an SUV by a man in civilian clothes as the actor was leaving a theater audition on Nov. 23, 2017 .Saadeddine Shatila, Lebanon country representative for the Alkarama Foundation, told The Daily Star that the Itani case shows the limits of the new law.Shatila said the Itani case shows torture cases are still not being investigated.George Ghali, executive director of ALEF – Act for Human Rights, said his greatest concern was the apparent lack of follow-up by the judicial authorities after Itani reported the alleged torture.Bassam Khawaja, Lebanon researcher at HRW, also pointed to the apparent lack of investigation after Itani reported his torture to the judge.
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