Lebanon: An Imminent Deportation of a Dissident Officer to Syria

Cairo February 18, 2013

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), strongly denounces the intention of the Lebanese authorities to deport Mohamed Hassan Talas, one of the dissent officers from the Syrian Air Force Intelligence on the background of arresting him after arriving to the Lebanon territories due to allegations that illegally entered there.

On December 6, 2012, the Lebanese security bodies have arrested the officer “Mohamed Hassan Talas” in the village of Tarshish, which is located about 50 KM in the east of Beirut in addition to investigate him.

On December 10, 2012, Talas appeared before the military judge, as he declared of the torture operations committed by the Syrian troops but the judge disregarded it. Then he was sent in the prison of Romyah after the end of the investigation.

On February 4, 2013, Talas appeared before the military court in Beirut as he convicted of illegal entering the country as he was sentenced for two months and a fine of 100.000 LP (66 USD) and the judge ordered to deport him after the end of penalty.

It is expected to deport Talas after the end of the term of the imprison sentence which is almost done, as he spent about two months in the Lebanese prisons, which means that he could suffer torture or execution by the Syrian regime due to fleeing from the army.

ANHRI said that “the authorities act to take the decision of deporting Talas, is a serious violation to human rights and his right to be safe in addition not to be tortured or executed. It is a clear violation to the basic human right of expression and to declare his stances”.

ANHRI added that “the intention of the authorities to deport him is a serious violation to Lebanon obligations; as it ratified on the treaty on Convention on the Prevention of genocide and to impose penalties related to it. It is known that the regime crimes are genocide crimes and it is expected that Talas will be tortured or executed there”.

ANHRI called the authorities to immediate and unconditioned release of Talas in addition to rescind the decision of deportation to Syria as it put his life into risk.

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