75 days since Fathi Baja, Siraj Dughman and Tarek Al-Bashari have been detained in Benghazi without charges

Alwasat - Cairo Tue 19 Dec 2023, 11:26 PM
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More than 75 days have passed since the arrest of Libya's former ambassador to Canada, Professor Fathi Baja, and political activists Tarek al-Bashari and Siraj Dughman, by the Internal Security Service in Benghazi without specific charges being brought against them.

UN envoy Abdoulaye Bathily told the UN Security Council on Monday that "members of political parties, academics and activists continue to languish in detention in Benghazi, Sirte and Tripoli without access to justice," expressing concern about the continued restriction of civic space and arbitrary arrests.

"Over the past nine months, security agencies have arbitrarily detained at least 60 people, including children, because of their actual or perceived political affiliations," Bathily added in his regular briefing to the council.

On October 30, the head of the Libya for All Party, Ashour Shwail, told Alwasat that information from several sources indicated that investigations into Baja, Al-Bashari and Dughman had been completed, and "they have been proven innocent."

Prior to that, famliy members said that they had been prevented from visiting and had not yet been informed of the charges against them.

The Internal Security Service detained the three men on October 2, against the backdrop of a discussion that took place during a seminar on the repercussions of the Derna dam collapse disaster, which was organized in Benghazi by the Center for Strategic and Future Studies.

On October 5, a judicial source confirmed in a statement to Alwasat that the Public Prosecution has nothing to do with their detention, nor has any investigation been conducted against them.

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