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Jordan:”Your confessions are ready for you to sign”

August 19, 2006

these are just 3 examples,you can read the full and long report here :http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGMDE160052006

5. CASES
a) Six university students
On 9 April 2005, six university students of Palestinian origin were arrested by police officers when the supervisor of their hall of residence objected to one of the students, Firas al-Sheikh, from Nablus in the occupied West Bank, putting on his dormitory wall a picture of a Palestinian killed in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Two of the students, whose names are being withheld to protect their security, provided Amnesty International with the following account of what then occurred:

“We were arrested on arrival in the supervisor’s office by some police officers who were already waiting for us. They threatened that they would charge us with ‘participation in political activities against the state’ and then took us to the Public Security (Amn al-‘Am) centre in Wadi Sir, Amman. We were interrogated one-by-one about whether we had links to any political parties or ‘unauthorised organisations’, to which we all replied ‘no’. They said they would charge Firas with ‘membership of an unauthorised organisation’. None of us was beaten. Then they put us all in a cell with about 30 people. The cell wasn’t big enough to hold 10 and we could barely sit down. One of us got a tiny space next to the one squat toilet in the room, and spent the next eight hours there.

“Then we were all taken to the GID, where we spent the next 12 hours. They insulted us, beat us and kicked us all over our bodies, and put us under psychological pressure. Again we were interrogated, one at a time. Then they took us – handcuffed and blindfolded – back to Public Security, each one of us with an armed officer sitting directly behind.

“Shortly after, we were taken to the Governorate of the Capital [Muhafedha al-‘Asima] and transferred to Jweideh prison as administrative detainees.(29) Immediately on arrival we were forced to strip to our underwear, had our fingerprints taken and were then badly beaten by the guards. We were beaten for longer than other new detainees. We were hit with a wire cable, and then, for about three hours, subjected to further beatings and other physical punishment in the prison courtyard. For example, we had to stand a long time on one leg with both our hands in the air, and then had to stand on the other leg. Then we’d be forced to lie on the floor, or to crawl. All this time just wearing our underwear. Finally, at about 11pm, we were put into a shared cell, and some of the other prisoners gave us some clothes. At 2am the guards woke us up and made us do hard labour. We had to clean the prison kitchen, then the prison bakery and elsewhere, through until 6pm. For 18 hours, having barely slept. We were woken up two or three times each night by a military guard for a roll-call outside. We were kept with real criminals, not even political criminals, and suffered humiliations daily. We spent three nights, four days in Jweideh, and were released without charge. But we had to sign a guarantee of 10,000JD each [about $14,200] which we’ll have to pay if we get into trouble again. It’s worse for Firas, who was kicked out of the country and had his passport stamped with ‘forbidden from returning to Jordan’. This happened in his last semester at university. He won’t be able to study or work anywhere else outside the West Bank, because he would have to pass through Jordan.”

e) The detainees from Ma’an and the testimonies “that the authorities wrote on their behalf”
In November 2002, the city of Ma’an, 250 km south of Amman, was the scene of armed clashes between elements of the Ma’ani population and thousands of heavily-armed security officers. Four civilians, a policeman and a soldier were killed, over 150 people were arrested and a considerable amount of property was damaged and destroyed. It was the fourth time since 1989 that political violence had erupted in Ma’an, a city with a strong sense of identity whose economic conditions have deteriorated since the early 1980s(31). On 23 March 2006, the SSC sentenced nine Jordanian men to death, four of them in absentia, in connection with the Ma’an events of 2002. They were convicted of possessing weapons and making explosives for illegal use. The five defendants present in court who were sentenced to death are: Muhammad Chalabi, also known as “Abu Sayyaf”; Majdi Kreishan; ‘Omar al-Bazay’a; ‘Abd al-Fattah Kreishan; and ‘Asri Abu Darwish. Another man was sentenced to 10 years in prison, two men were sentenced to five years, 22 were sentenced to between one and three years and the remaining 74 others were acquitted.

7. PROLONGED DETENTION WITHOUT CHARGE OR PROSPECT OF TRIAL OF ALLEGED “ISLAMIST” DETAINEES

a) Brothers, Muhammad and Abdu L held without charge for five months.
These two brothers, respectively aged 33 and 29, whose names have been changed to protect their security, were detained without charge or trial for five months, apparently as suspected “Islamists” after they were returned to Jordan from other countries in late 2004. They were detained throughout at the GID detention centre in Wadi Sir, Amman.

Muhammad L was reportedly returned to Jordan around 10 November 2005 from Syria, where he had been detained for more than a year at the Syrian Military Intelligence Palestine Branch (Far’ Filistin). He was collected from Syrian security forces by Jordanian soldiers at the border and handed over to the GID. Prior to his arrest in Syria, Muhammad L was said to have been working between Syria and Jordan selling books and stationery.

He was denied all contact with the outside world, including his family, for the first 10 days while he was interrogated at the GID. Subsequently, he was permitted to receive short weekly visits from his family but prohibited from disclosing any information about conditions of his detention, and a GID guard was always present to enforce this; he was instructed to speak in a loud voice so that the conversation could be monitored and if he did make any remark about his detention, the guard stopped him. On one occasion, a visiting close relative asked him about deep scratch marks that were visible on his forehead only for him to respond “forget it”. Muhammad L was eventually released, without any charges having been brought against him, on 25 April 2006.

Abdu L was reportedly living in Rusaiyfa, near Zarqa, with his wife and two children, until around October 2004 when around 10 plain-clothed GID officers visited his home at midnight. He was absent but when he learnt of the visit, became frightened and fled to Syria where he stayed with his brother, Muhammad, for one or two weeks. However, when Muhammad was arrested in Syria, Abdu L travelled by air from Damascus to Dubai, where he stayed for about six months working in a bookshop although, as a qualified teacher, he also hoped to find a teaching job. He was arrested, apparently by intelligence officers of the UAE, while at work, around September 2005, and was informed that his arrest was made at the request of the Jordanian authorities. He was detained in Abu Dhabi for three months and then forcibly returned to Jordan on or around 11 November 2005. According to information, the Jordanian authorities requested his arrest and subsequent hand-over on account of him being a suspected “Islamist”. On arrival at Amman airport, he was taken to the GID detention centre where he was held incommunicado for seven days. His family were later allowed to visit him and he too was released without charge on 25 April 2006.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19, 2006 6:21 pm

    :O am shocked!!

  2. August 19, 2006 7:31 pm

    These officers and the people in charge of them and who are aware that this happens all the way to the top are a disgrace to Jordan, Arabs, muslims and hunamity.

    Thanks for putting this out there.

  3. September 10, 2006 12:21 am

    to tell u the truth i didnt read all the that i started then kasalat wa in7awalt and i think this topic is serious and needs tarkeez 🙂 soo ill be back to read it wa ana sa7yeh 🙂 but im sure ill be shocked after reading it like lilly 😛 yala see u bas 7abiet aslamu ya3ni agolak i was here 🙂

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