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Ramsi Suleiman, a 39-year-old pharmacist in Amman, had been missing since his arrest by a group of General Intelligence Directorate (GID) agents on 23 May 2017. After the authorities refused to provide any information on his fate and whereabouts for about two months, on 16 July, his lawyer, who had come numerous times to the GID premises to inquire about him, was allowed to meet with him for the first time.  

Ghassan Mohammed Salim Duar, a 58-year-old civil engineer and member of the Jordanian Engineers Association was sentenced to five years of imprisonment under Jordan Anti-terrorism Law on 29 July 2015 by the State Security Court (SSC). His trial was solely based on confessions he was forced to sign under brutal torture while he was detained incommunicado in the premises of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID) in Amman.

On 22 June 2017, and after more than a month of arbitrary detention, Hussam Al Abdallat, a Jordanian journalist charged with “defamation on social media” for criticising corruption within the Jordanian government through a Facebook post, was released on bail. However, he is still at risk of being sentenced to prison terms as the charges against him have not been dropped.

Alkarama Person of contact for country
Ines Osman, Email : ines - at - alkarama -dot- org , Twitter : @Ines_Osman
Our concerns
  • Widespread practice of torture by the GID, notably to extract confessions, and continued impunity for perpetrators;
  • Judicial harassment against members of civil society, the media and the political opposition on the basis of draconian laws, including the Anti-Terrorism Law;
  • Unfair trials before the State Security Court
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