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The trial of Tarek Rabaa continues with "Challenge"

On March 1, 2013 the trial session of the engineer Tarek Rabaa was opened by the general Khalil Ibrahim to hear the witnesses from Alfa company. During this session which lasted for more than 2 hours, Tarek manifested self-confidence, he challenged the court to face him with a single evidence, and he succeeded to extract a confession from the head of the court who announced in public "your file doesn't include a confession from your side". Tarek started by a short speech about his arbitrary detention and he announced his possession of an official document ratified by the French state proving that the French cellular phone mentioned in the file is used by a taxi company and not by the Mossad. Then Tarek asked the head of the court to open an investigation about this French number and the arbitrary detention, an investigation to be supervised by the president of the Lebanese republic Michel Sleiman. Then a discussion started with the general Khalil Ibrahim about some phone numbers, then Tarek slammed his hand on the table to express his disgust regarding the intelligence error in converting a Taxi number to a number for the Mossad which was the base of the suspicion...the head of the court warned Tarek to not repeat such gesture again in the court. Afterwards, Tarek asked the court "do you have a confession in the file that i collaborated with the Mossad?". The head of the court said "i read your file in detail, you didn't confess but you are accused". Then Tarek asked "i am accused based on what?". The head of the court said "we have evidences against you". Tarek said "i am challenging you and the court to show me one evidence". The head of the court said "a camera with a secret hiding-place" . Tarek said "the camera you have is a normal camera and it has a place for the memory card and not a hiding-place. I challenge you to bring this camera here and i have a report from an expert that this camera doesn't have a hiding-place" . Then his lawyer Nada Rabaa argued with the court about the arbitrary detention and the unlawful file, but the head of the court told her nervously to not attack the court....Then, general Khalil Ibrahim told Tarek "if you are innocent i dare to sentence you as innocent", and he called for Tarek's wife Samar Harb. Samar confirmed that the camera is a normal one and that she has two brothers who call her from Germany and from Australia. The head of the court asked her "do you know that your husband is married with a second wife?". Samar said "sure, and i encourage that". Then Khalil Ibrahim called for Alfa CEO, Marwan Hayek, who confirmed that Lionel Coussi is French, he knew him and Tarek is not responsibie for the cellular data records. Marwan confirmed that he knows Tarek since 1995 and he travelled with him to France and to Prague. Then was the turn of Farid Baz who said he was the line manager of Tarek, and he travelled with him to Greece and to China. Farid denied that the company installs station for listening, but just stations to serve the cellular network. After Farid, the head of the court called for Wissam Karam who is the responsible for the OSS system. He explained that this system can track the cellular phones but Tarek Rabaa has no username and password on this system. Wissam said that Charbel Kazzi has access to the OSS. At the end Tarek demanded to be released because he is innocent and oppressed. The head of the court has postponed the trial to April 12, 2013 to hear for the witnesses Jihad El Murr, Cesar Saleh and Pierre Abi Nader. His lawyer submitted documents proving the torture and the French number to belong to a French transport company located in France.  (Mar 4, 2013 | post #1)

Who had assassinated Rafik Hariri...?

The assassination of Rafik Hariri the former Prime Minister of Lebanon who was killed with 22 others including his seven body guards on February 14, 2005 sent shock waves throughout the countries. The late Lebanese leader had just left Parliament when his motorcade was targeted in an explosion on the Beirut waterfront. Hariri's killing led to massive political change in Lebanon, including the so called Cedar Revolution and the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon. Caught by surprise, and due to lack of confidence in national invesitagations, the government of Lebanon agreed to establish the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in order to uncover the truth behind his death. The STL, which opened in 2009, promised to deliver an unbiased account of the assassination. After more than two years of speculation and debate, the STL has finally issued an indictment, which reportedly links four high ranking members of the so called Hizbullah to kill Hariri. For the past four years the STL has been plagued by a number of high-profile leaks of confidential and highly sensitive information that has compromised the Tribunal’s integrity and diminished its effectiveness. These leaks have been heavily politicized, erratically shifting the blame for the assassination between Syria, the so called Hizbullah, and some of its allies. It therefore comes as no surprise that most of Lebanese populace, have come to question the true mission and intent of the STL. Had the STL truly been committed to uncovering the truth behind Hariri’s assassination? it would have made a bigger effort to monitor and track any information coming in and out of its offices before giving the so called Hizbullah the opportunity to evade the indictment by preparing its own scenario for the assassination. One of these major leaks to Der Spiegel journal was the telecom discoveries in 2009 which has resulted by imprisoning of an innocent engineer known by Tarek Rabaa who has been used by the so called Hizbullah as a pretext to discredit the phones data records. However, its lack of discipline,discret ion, and diligence has made a mockery of the investigation and raises questions over the validity of the impending indictments. Further complicating the matter is the fact that the current Lebanese government, headed by Prime Minister Najib Mikati, receives the support of the so called Hizbullah and its allies. The so called Hizbullah’s Secretary General Hassan has in the past publicly threatened the STL, going so far as to say that Hezbollah will cut off “the hand that attempts to reach” its members. In its opposition to the STL, the so called Hizbullah points to concerns shared by some Lebanese, namely that the STL is manipulated by the United States and the Israelians. In an effort to further derail the STL, the so called Hizbullah has even introduced its own point of view that suggests that Israeli reconnaissance drones were monitoring Hariri’s motorcade prior to the assassination, and has also gone to discredit a handful of witnesses that have provided the STL with testimonies as well as to fabricate stories about telecom spies. These efforts have been successful in further decredibilizing the Tribunal in the eyes of the Lebanese, and the weakness and inability of the STL to effectively counter this narrative has brought into question the authenticity and accuracy of its findings... And the STL keeps its silence until today which is being perceived as coordinating with Iran in the context of the American policy to give Iran more power to increase the conflicts in the gulf after invading the Iraq... From another side, the point of view the so called Hizbullah has presented as evidences on the Israelian involvement in the assassination has become evidence against Iran because the so called Hizbullah owns reconnaissance planes since 2004 and the phones data records are reliable...  (May 18, 2012 | post #1)

Lebanon: Tarek Rabaa tortured for 108 days because he sai...

On November 9, 2011 seven international organizations have called the Lebanese authorities to promptly release Tarek Rabaa and to investigate the torture, yet nothing done since then and Tarek is still in jail. The published statement was as follows: The undersigned organizations demand an immediate, independent and thorough investigation into the alleged torture and arbitrary detention of Mr. Tarek Rabaa in Lebanon. Furthermore the undersigned organizations call on the Lebanese authorities for his immediate release, if his confession proves to have been forcibly extracted under torture. Tarek Rabaa, a 41-years old Lebanese citizen, working as engineer at Alfa Telecom Company, was summoned to the Ministry of Defense for investigation on 12 July 2010. There, he was asked about a French phone number he received a call from, on his Lebanese mobile, while he was attending a training session in France in 2007. The Lebanese army intelligence suspected that this number belonged to a Mossad agent. It was later established by his lawyer that this number is in fact related to a transportation company that was dealing in France with the group of Lebanese trainees from the Alfa Telecom Company. Mr. Rabaa answered the questions posed to him by the Lebanese army intelligence. Right after that, Mr. Rabaa was reportedly handcuffed and forcibly undressed. During his detention at the Ministry of Defense detention center he was allegedly tortured with electric shocks, additionally he was left standing during 20 days and slapped very severely on his ears. He was allowed to see his sister – acting as his lawyer- at first only 32 days after his arrest. According to available information, he was subjected to torture and ill-treatment for 108 days at the Ministry of Defense detention center – before being transferred to Roumieh prison, where he is still detained. During the investigation, Mr. Rabaa refused to sign most of the documents presented to him by the Lebanese army intelligence, but his full name (not his signature) was handwritten at the bottom of the pages and then presented to the military justice as his "confession ". On the basis of the above mentioned documents the military justice issued an arrest warrant on 28 July 2010, 16 days after the arrest. He was charged with collaboration with Israelians under articles 274, 275 and 278 of the Lebanese criminal code. His trial in front of the military court began on 7 February 2011 (at this session Mr. Rabaa lost consciousness and had to be taken to hospital). His defense presented all the proofs of his innocence to the military court and on 27 June 2011 a forensic doctor provided the military court with a medical certificate that proves he was subjected to torture, but the military court refused to consider it. The next session was scheduled on 12 December 2011 but postponed to March 2012. If proven, the above mentioned allegations represent serious violations of the Lebanese criminal procedure code [1] and of Lebanon's international commitments [2]. In this case the undersigned organizations would consider that Mr. Rabaa is a victim of torture and arbitrary detention and should be immediately released, and the perpetrators should be held accountable and brought to prosecution. Victims of torture should be ensured to have an effective remedy for the psychological and physical pain inflicted to them, as well as to have reparation with compensation and rehabilitation. The undersigned organization would also like to reiterate that the Military Court constitute a serious breach to fair trials as laid in International Standards and to the integrity of the judicial system. Thus, they should have no jurisdiction over civilians. Signatories: 1. CLDH 2. OMCT 3. Alkarama 4. ALEF 5. FIDH 6. ACAT-France 7. AEDH  (Feb 17, 2012 | post #1)

The double face of Barak Obama in the middle east

In 2003, the US bombarded Iraq in spite of the french veto on the UN resolution. The change of regimes in the middle east was supported by the United States and the Israelis to the extent to use the force in Libya. Each regime opposing Iran and the so called Hizbullah in Lebanon is not backed by the United States. Regarding the massacres in Syria and the Russian-Chinese vetos, observers have noticed an explicit American support for the so called democracy but implicitly they are pushing Russia and China to use their veto for many goals. 1. The Israelis doesn't want the regime to change in Syria because they fear a war in Julan by the successors. 2. The Israelis are using their power on the US to protect the current regime in Lebanon because they fear the weakness of the so called Hizbullah which might lead to unstability in South of Lebanon. 3. By using the Russian and Chinese veto, the American business will soar in the middle east with the increase of boycott of chinese goods. 4. The US is showing to Saudi Arabia they are against Iran but in fact they are not embarrassed by such type of regime. It's not the US interest to loose Saudi's petrol but they are blowing the Iranian power to keep the gulf countries worry from Iran. American policy in the middle east is a policy focusing on petrol and not on the interest of Arab countries, they do the opposit of what they say. This is a short description of the explicit and implicit position of Barack Obama regarding the revolution in Syria and the so called Hizbullah in Lebanon. When the president Barack Obama speaks about the so called democracy he always forgets to speak about the oppression and torture. Did Obama put a plan to reduce the hunger in Africa? Is he doing what he's saying? Did the economy in the States recovered? Does the unemployment rate reduced? Being a leader nowadays is to be sincere, courageous and not only speaking but also to sit and listen...  (Feb 17, 2012 | post #1)

Lebanon: Promptly investigate torture in the case of Mr. ...

On November 2011 seven international organizations have called the Lebanese authorities to promptly release Tarek Rabaa and to investigate the torture, yet nothing done since then and Tarek is still in jail. The published statement is as follows: The undersigned organizations demand an immediate, independent and thorough investigation into the alleged torture and arbitrary detention of Mr. Tarek Rabaa in Lebanon. Furthermore the undersigned organizations call on the Lebanese authorities for his immediate release, if his confession proves to have been forcibly extracted under torture. Tarek Rabaa, a 41-years old Lebanese citizen, working as engineer at Alfa Telecom Company, was summoned to the Ministry of Defense for investigation on 12 July 2010. There, he was asked about a French phone number he received a call from, on his Lebanese mobile, while he was attending a training session in France in 2007. The Lebanese army intelligence suspected that this number belonged to a Mossad agent. It was later established by his lawyer that this number is in fact related to a transportation company that was dealing in France with the group of Lebanese trainees from the Alfa Telecom Company. Mr. Rabaa answered the questions posed to him by the Lebanese army intelligence. Right after that, Mr. Rabaa was reportedly handcuffed and forcibly undressed. During his detention at the Ministry of Defense detention center he was allegedly tortured with electric shocks, additionally he was left standing during 20 days and slapped very severely on his ears. He was allowed to see his sister – acting as his lawyer- at first only 32 days after his arrest. According to available information, he was subjected to torture and ill-treatment for 108 days at the Ministry of Defense detention center – before being transferred to Roumieh prison, where he is still detained. During the investigation, Mr. Rabaa refused to sign most of the documents presented to him by the Lebanese army intelligence, but his full name (not his signature) was handwritten at the bottom of the pages and then presented to the military justice as his "confession ". On the basis of the above mentioned documents the military justice issued an arrest warrant on 28 July 2010, 16 days after the arrest. He was charged with collaboration with Israelians under articles 274, 275 and 278 of the Lebanese criminal code. His trial in front of the military court began on 7 February 2011 (at this session Mr. Rabaa lost consciousness and had to be taken to hospital). His defense presented all the proofs of his innocence to the military court and on 27 June 2011 a forensic doctor provided the military court with a medical certificate that proves he was subjected to torture, but the military court refused to consider it. The next session was scheduled on 12 December 2011 but postponed to March 2012. If proven, the above mentioned allegations represent serious violations of the Lebanese criminal procedure code [1] and of Lebanon's international commitments [2]. In this case the undersigned organizations would consider that Mr. Rabaa is a victim of torture and arbitrary detention and should be immediately released, and the perpetrators should be held accountable and brought to justice. Victims of torture should be ensured to have an effective remedy for the psychological and physical pain inflicted to them, as well as to have reparation with compensation and rehabilitation. The undersigned organization would also like to reiterate that the Military Court constitute a serious breach to fair trials as laid in International Standards and to the integrity of the judicial system. Thus, they should have no jurisdiction over civilians. Signatories: 1. CLDH 2. OMCT 3. Alkarama 4. ALEF 5. FIDH 6. ACAT-France 7. AEDH  (Jan 24, 2012 | post #1)

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Lebanon: Promptly investigate torture in the case of Mr. ...

On November 2011 seven international organizations have called the Lebanese authorities to promptly release Tarek Rabaa and to investigate the torture, yet nothing done since then and Tarek is still in jail. The published statement is as follows: The undersigned organizations demand an immediate, independent and thorough investigation into the alleged torture and arbitrary detention of Mr. Tarek Rabaa in Lebanon. Furthermore the undersigned organizations call on the Lebanese authorities for his immediate release, if his confession proves to have been forcibly extracted under torture. Tarek Rabaa, a 41-years old Lebanese citizen, working as engineer at Alfa Telecom Company, was summoned to the Ministry of Defense for investigation on 12 July 2010. There, he was asked about a French phone number he received a call from, on his Lebanese mobile, while he was attending a training session in France in 2007. The Lebanese army intelligence suspected that this number belonged to a Mossad agent. It was later established by his lawyer that this number is in fact related to a transportation company that was dealing in France with the group of Lebanese trainees from the Alfa Telecom Company. Mr. Rabaa answered the questions posed to him by the Lebanese army intelligence. Right after that, Mr. Rabaa was reportedly handcuffed and forcibly undressed. During his detention at the Ministry of Defense detention center he was allegedly tortured with electric shocks, additionally he was left standing during 20 days and slapped very severely on his ears. He was allowed to see his sister – acting as his lawyer- at first only 32 days after his arrest. According to available information, he was subjected to torture and ill-treatment for 108 days at the Ministry of Defense detention center – before being transferred to Roumieh prison, where he is still detained. During the investigation, Mr. Rabaa refused to sign most of the documents presented to him by the Lebanese army intelligence, but his full name (not his signature) was handwritten at the bottom of the pages and then presented to the military justice as his "confession ". On the basis of the above mentioned documents the military justice issued an arrest warrant on 28 July 2010, 16 days after the arrest. He was charged with collaboration with Israelians under articles 274, 275 and 278 of the Lebanese criminal code. His trial in front of the military court began on 7 February 2011 (at this session Mr. Rabaa lost consciousness and had to be taken to hospital). His defense presented all the proofs of his innocence to the military court and on 27 June 2011 a forensic doctor provided the military court with a medical certificate that proves he was subjected to torture, but the military court refused to consider it. The next session was scheduled on 12 December 2011 but postponed to March 2012. If proven, the above mentioned allegations represent serious violations of the Lebanese criminal procedure code and of Lebanon's international commitments. In this case the undersigned organizations would consider that Mr. Rabaa is a victim of torture and arbitrary detention and should be immediately released, and the perpetrators should be held accountable and brought to justice. Victims of torture should be ensured to have an effective remedy for the psychological and physical pain inflicted to them, as well as to have reparation with compensation and rehabilitation. The undersigned organization would also like to reiterate that the Military Court constitute a serious breach to fair trials as laid in International Standards and to the integrity of the judicial system. Thus, they should have no jurisdiction over civilians. Signatories: 1. CLDH 2. OMCT 3. Alkarama 4. ALEF 5. FIDH 6. ACAT-France 7. AEDH  (Jan 24, 2012 | post #1)