Libyan Islamist Reported Dead in UAE Custody, Amnesty Calls for Probe

Published September 10th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT
Al Bawaba
Al Bawaba

The London-based rights group Amnesty International has called on UAE authorities to look into the death of a Libyan dissident, who was working as an accountant in Dubai.  

"Amnesty International calls for investigation into the death in custody of. [Abdullah Abu al-Qasim] Al Ghazal," the statement said.  

UAE police arrested Ghazal at a local mosque in Ajman, another of the UAE's seven emirates, Amnesty added.  

UAE authorities were not immediately available for comment when they were contacted by Reuters  

In the same context, a statement issued by the London-based Islamic Observation Center (IOC) said on Sunday that "the UAE authorities arrested Libyan Islamist … Ghazal on August 31,"  

"Police ... told his wife on Thursday, September 6, that he committed suicide, and she was asked to collect his body," the statement said. The IOC called for an independent probe into the case.  

Ghazal, a father of four, left Libya in 1989 to avoid arrest because of his religious activities, Amnesty said. He completed his education in Damascus before moving to the UAE in 1997.  

The human rights body added that the fate and whereabouts of four other Libyans have also remained unknown since their arrest by the UAE authorities. All arrested between May and August – 


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