Lebanon must investigate torture claims by actor Ziad Itani, HRW says

Ziad Itani, a Lebanese stage actor, who was indicted on charges of collaborating with Israel and drug possession, shouts as he speaks with journalists after he was released by Lebanese authorities, at his house, in Beirut. (AP)
Updated 16 July 2018
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Lebanon must investigate torture claims by actor Ziad Itani, HRW says

  • Watchdog said case of Ziad Itani is test for whether the law criminalizing torture will end impunity for security officials
  • Lebanon’s public prosecutor said he has received no formal complaints

BEIRUT: The New York-based Human Rights Watch is calling on Lebanese authorities to investigate allegations of torture made by a well-known actor who was detained and later exonerated of charges of spying for Israel.
The watchdog said Monday the case of Ziad Itani is a test for whether the law criminalizing torture, passed in November, will end impunity for security officials.
Bassam Khawaja, a HRW researcher, said Itani’s case “was extremely disturbing.” Itani alleges he was framed, held incommunicado for days during which he was tortured and threatened with violence against his family. The allegations against Itani were then leaked to the media to further pressure him, Khawaja said.
Itani was exonerated in March, nearly four months after he was detained.
Lebanon’s public prosecutor said he has received no formal complaints.


Arab coalition targets Yemen's Houthi drone capabilities in Sanaa

Updated 12 min 58 sec ago
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Arab coalition targets Yemen's Houthi drone capabilities in Sanaa

JEDDAH: The Arab coalition fighting to support the legitimate government in Yemen said it has targeted Houthi drone capabilities in a military operation in Sanaa and called on civilians not to approach the targeted sites.
The coalition said it has taken the necessary measures to protect civilians during the military operation in the Houthi-held Yemeni capital.
It assured that the military operation is consistent with international humanitarian law.