Jawad Kazem Mhabes Mohammed Al Jabouri (Mr. Al Jabouri), an Iraqi national born on 4 September 1964, holder of Iraqi passport No. 033 1837 and Refugee Certificate No. 245-06C00030 issued by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, was employed at a service station. Mr. Al Jabouri was reportedly arrested on 4 November 2007 at his workplace, the Rida Tabaja service station in Kfartabnite, southern Lebanon, by plain-clothes officers of the General Security service, without an arrest warrant.
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According to the information received, Mr. Nehmeh Naim El Haj, born in 1963, of Lebanese nationality, interior decorator, resident in the Al Basatin neighbourhood, Ain Saadeh, Lebanon, and currently detained in the Roumieh central prison in Lebanon, was arrested at the Lebanese-Syrian border on 25 November 1998. The arrest was made, without an arrest warrant, by Syrian intelligence service agents, who placed Mr. El Haj in an illegal Syrian interrogation centre at Anjar in the Bekaa Valley region of Lebanon for a month. While he was there, his family was told neither that he had been arrested nor where he was and he had no access to a lawyer. According to the information received, he was tortured during interrogation sessions conducted by members of the Syrian intelligence services. A month after his arrest, he was handed over to the Lebanese authorities at Zahleh and then transferred to Jounieh before being detained in the Roumieh prison, where he has been ever since.
The Working Group was notified of the following in respect of the above-mentioned case: Mr. Abbas Shadar Zabed al-Lami, an Iraqi national born on 9 January 1980 and resident in Msharafiyeh, Chiyah, Baabda, Lebanon, holds an Iraqi passport, No. G2301532, issued on 31 August 2008 and Refugee Certificate No. 245-09COO263, issued by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. On 4 February 2010, he was arrested at his home by plain-clothes officers of the Directorate General of State Security. Mr. al-Lami was not shown an arrest warrant or informed of the reasons for his arrest. He was taken into custody at the police station of the Directorate General of State Security. It was not until 27 March 2010, 53 days after his arrest, that he was charged by the Baabda region Public Prosecutor with a breach of article 34 of the Act of 10 July 1962 governing aliens’ entry to, departure from and sojourn within Lebanon. More specifically, he was charged with a breach of an administrative expulsion order (arrest warrant No. 16533).
Badria Abu Meri (hereinafter Ms. Abu Meri), aged 45, is a Lebanese citizen and resident of Ketermaya, a village in the department of Chouf, Mount Lebanon. She is married and has two children. In April 2010, a murder was committed in the village in which she lived. An elderly couple and their two grandchildren, who were all relatives of Ms. Abu Meri, were found dead. The main suspect, Mohammad Salim Al Msallem, was arrested by the internal security forces (Forces de sécurité de l’intérieur (FSI)) on 28 April 2010. When the FSI officers arrived at the scene of the crime the day after the murders, Mr. Al Msallem had been brutally beaten, and the officers had to take him to hospital. Some of the villagers followed them and attacked and killed Mr. Al Msallem and then left his body in a public square. The security forces could reportedly do nothing to prevent the attack.
Provides a brief update on the proceedings of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon investigating the death of Rafiq Hariri as well as background on the witness.
Examines the history of impunity granted to human rights violators in Lebanon since the war from 1975-1990, identifying ineffective transitional justice measures in the form of limited domestic trials, narrow mandates, and incomplete remedies for victims. This report hopes to teach lessons for broader accountability in Lebanon going forward.
On June 10 2007, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon came into force after a negotiated agreement between the Lebanese government and the United Nations. The Tribunal has a mixed composition of Lebanese and international judges and has its seat near The Hague in the Netherlands. It differs, however, from other hybrid model tribunals as it was set up to try a domestic criminal case and would probably not have came into being had it not been for regional politics. This page follows the investigations, indictments and proceedings of the Tribunal.