Former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet speaks from her office at the Palais Wilson on her first day as new United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, September 3, 2018. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS
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U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet Tuesday called for an independent investigation into the death of detainee Hassan al-Dika, who died Saturday from injuries allegedly sustained through torture. A statement from Bachelet's office (OHCHR) said that Dika's death had occurred "despite numerous interventions by U.N. entities ... with the Lebanese authorities" after he was allegedly tortured following his November 2018 arrest.It also said that Dika had not made complaints of torture when he had appeared before the first investigative judge.Both Aoun and Mansour have denied Dika's claim that they deliberately chose not to take on the case, instead trading accusations that the other had held up the judicial process.
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