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    Raped in a Lebanese detention center






    If one were to imagine a stereotypical Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir supporter, you wouldn’t imagine Amar (pseudonym). When she walked into the coffee shop for this interview, she was dressed like any number of 30-something, socially liberal women in Lebanon. Amar once owned a pet clinic in the Abra area of Saida before she was forced to shut it down. A Sunni, she used to drink alcohol and only stopped for medical reasons, and details of her lifestyle are evidence enough of her open-mindedness. But she was also an early supporter of Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir, the infamous radical Sunni cleric from Saida recently arrested in Beirut attempting to flee the country. Amar’s support for Assir ultimately led to her arrest by Lebanese authorities. While detained, she was brutally assaulted and gang-raped by officials. This is her story.


    NOW: How did all this begin?
    Amar: It all started with the Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir movement emerging in Saida. As a Saida resident, I felt that I was exposed and no one was protecting me. For me, Assir was a sheikh who was defending all people, especially the Sunnis. It started as a peaceful movement, but when Assir’s calls were not answered, the movement took a wrong turn and it became more violent. At the beginning, I started supporting Assir because I believed he was doing the right things and this is when many people started to be against me.

    NOW: Were you the subject of any threats?
    Amar: Yes. In fact, I had a pet clinic in Abra. A lot of people attacked me there. They used to send me threatening messages and break into my shop to insult me in front of everybody. Because of this, I had to close my shop because I do not dare going there anymore. Before closing, people used to throw stones at me if they saw me walking on the street and sometimes they would shoot guns in the air to scare me. This happened directly after the Abra battle, although I did not have any direct connection with Assir. I used to pray at the Al-Imam mosque only and I used to like the sheikh. I used to post statements on Facebook, too, expressing my political opinion. I complained at the Ministry of Justice and they advised me to file a legal complaint, but they did not do anything about it.

    NOW: Why were you arrested?
    Amar: I was arrested after a personal conflict with the son of one of the commanders at the Lebanese Army intelligence branch. He used to enter my shop and insult me in front of everybody — he didn’t care if there were customers there or not. The story behind his behavior is that Ahmad al-Assir used to verbally attack his father. He once entered my shop in the evening, I was late at work and he was drunk. The employees were there and I was waiting for them to finish their tasks to close the clinic. He started insulting me loudly. That night, I asked him to leave and never come back to my shop. I literally told him that I did not care what he or his father could do to me. I threatened him for attacking me in my workplace. The next day, I receive a threatening message from someone from the Al-Masri family, known for being politically affiliated with Hezbollah. The third day, I got arrested.

    NOW: What happened when you were detained?
    Amar: I was arrested for five days and charged with 18 offenses. They accused me of being Assir’s office manager, of carrying weapons and communication devices, of having secret videos, attempting assassination, and others. I only supported Assir theoretically and did not have anything to do with the activities he used to plan for. The only contact I had with some of Assir’s people was in my shop, if they had animals and were my customers. When they arrested me, they searched my phone and did not find anything related to Assir. They tried to make me confess to the charges but I didn’t.

    NOW: Did they physically assault you?
    Amar: This is the biggest story I had to live. I was arrested for five days — I was hit and beaten up a lot. At first, they held me at the Ministry of Justice for three days and then transferred me to Rihaniyye. I had aneurysms in my leg because of the stress and the terror I had to deal with while I was detained. They did not allow me to call any lawyer or my parents. For five days, my parents did not know where I was. I was also raped.

    The day I was transferred to Rihaniyye — at the army intelligence branch detention center — I was sitting in my cell and trying to rest and I took off my jeans to wash up since I was alone in the cell. I was wearing a very long shirt that was long enough to cover me up in case somebody entered. All of a sudden, a muscled man came into my cell. I still remember him; his eyes were green, and he had a scarf wrapped around his wrist. He started threatening me. “Do not get scared when you hear the voices of prisoners in the other room screaming. We do not usually beat people up, but now we are bored and we want to have some fun,” he said. He went out, leaving the door open. After a few minutes, he came back in with another man. One of them cornered me against the wall and held my shoulders to restrain me from moving. I couldn’t resist him — he was stronger than me. This is when he raped me. When he was done, the other man approached me and did the same. They raped me twice. I was actually raped and sodomized. Afterwards, they started accusing me of being a prostitute and said they would investigate my ‘prostitution activities.’ When I asked them whether they were asking about my political activities or my sexual life, they hit me in the face. One of my teeth broke.

    NOW: How were you released?
    Amar: When they arrested me, I was at my shop. My employees were there and saw what happened. They notified a few of my friends. A lot of pressure started then — people who were supportive started acting accordingly. They also organized protests. My family started speaking to a few of their connections. I still do not know why I was released but I assume it was because of all this pressure. I have also been told thatAshraf Rifi was also working on my case to get me released.

    NOW: Did you hire a lawyer? Did you speak to anyone about this?
    Amar: The second I was released, I called a doctor I know to give me a medical report to prove I had been raped. When he found out that the incident happened to me at a detention center and by army intelligence officers, he did not want his name to be involved. I assumed many doctors would give the same answer. I hired a lawyer. Likewise, the lawyer advised me not to speak about it, because I would expose myself and no one would believe me. I felt that nobody would support me, so I didn’t dare to speak about it. I was too scared it might happen again.

    NOW: What happened next?
    Amar: My lawyer just followed up on the charges against me. Surprisingly, more than a month after my release release, he found out that there was an arrest warrant in my name. However, I was sentenced in absentia. According to the legal procedure, I was never detained. When my lawyer told me this, it came to my mind that they did not make me sign any paper, not even the investigation proceedings. Currently, I am following up with my lawyer on this case and going to court sessions. I am avoiding going to any official institution, especially institutions related to General Security of the Lebanese Army. The incident traumatized me. I do not even dare to go to General Security to renew my passport. I am scared of being detained again and having the same thing happen.

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    She is detained by the lebanese army for giving this false accusation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ali_81 View Post
    She is detained by the lebanese army for giving this false accusation.
    And your proof for false accusations is what?

    Aside from that ... do I sense a little chauvanism? You know, blame the victim?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigwinnman View Post
    And your proof for false accusations is what?

    Aside from that ... do I sense a little chauvanism? You know, blame the victim?
    I'm just reporting news follow up of this story. Anyway in this case the real victim is the lebanese army.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ali_81 View Post
    I'm just reporting news follow up of this story. Anyway in this case the real victim is the lebanese army.
    Ok, but where did you get this follow up from?
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    Arrested for reporting rape in Lebanese detention center

    Layal al-Kayaje was arrested by the Lebanese army after telling NOW in a previous interview that she was raped in an army intelligence detention center.






    Layal al-Kayaje, an employee at a veterinary clinic in Saida, was first summoned for investigation by the Lebanese army in 2013 as Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir—who was recently arrested in Beirut attempting to flee the country—rose to prominence. She was accused of supporting the extremist Sunni sheikh against the Lebanese Armed Forces because she had posted messages of support for the cleric on Facebook and because many of her shop’s customers were also his followers. She was arrested for five days.

    In August, Layal told NOW her story—using “Amar” as a fake name—that was published on September 4, 2015. During her detention in the Lebanese army’s intelligence branch in Rihaniyyeh she said she was tortured, raped and sodomized (for Layal’s full story click here).

    NOW chose not to reveal Layal’s identity at the time in order to protect her in case her allegations were true. Regardless, Lebanese authorities were able to uncover who she was and on September 21 she was summoned for investigation to the same institution she had been held two years before. She was re-arrested and her lawyer and family have not been allowed to see her.

    On September 22, the Lebanese army issued a statement claiming that Layal confessed to having lied about her rape in order to raise sympathy for herself and find a job opportunity. Layal was arrested alongside Insaf al-Yaman, a Lebanese woman who also reported being raped in one of the country’s detention centers.

    NOW as well as several human rights organizations in Lebanon have concerns over the conditions of Layal’s detention, including the fact that she was not permitted to contact her lawyer and was summoned to the same institution whose employees she had accused of abuse.

    Below is the statement issued by the group of organizations that is following up on her case:

    The signatory organizations call upon the Lebanese judiciary to act on the case of Layal al-Kayaje, a veterinary clinic employee from Saida, who was summoned for investigation on September 21, 2015 by Lebanese army intelligence in Saida, Lebanon, following her statements on alleged torture and rape during detention.

    Layal was summoned for investigation two weeks after NOW News published a report on her alleged rape and torture during detention. According to the article, Layal stated that she was arrested for five days in 2013 at the Ministry of Justice and Rihaniyyeh, where she was not allowed access to a lawyer or contact with her family. Layal also affirmed being raped by her investigators.

    Layal notified NGOs on September 21 that she had been summoned to the Lebanese army intelligence branch in Saida. Both her family and the human rights organizations were unable to receive any answers about her whereabouts. Such acts fall under incommunicado detention since authorities have actively concealed information regarding Layal’s detention, and in so doing effectively deprived her of her right of access to a lawyer to challenge the arrest or detention before an independent judicial authority. Layal was also forbidden to contact her family.

    Coercively denying a detainee communication with the outside world is not only a violation of Lebanese laws but would also amount to a violation of international human rights law guarantees protecting the liberty and dignity of a suspect. On the evening of September 22, a statement by the military command reported that her summon on September 21 is justified under charges of defamation and libel against the Lebanese army.

    The signatory organizations call on the judicial authorities to open impartial and independent investigations with regard to the detention of Layal and previous allegations of torture and hold those responsible criminally accountable. The signatory organizations stress that investigations and proceedings have to be conducted by an independent and impartial judicial authority. All charges brought against Layal must be conducted respecting the guarantees of fair trial promulgated by national and international legal obligations.

    The signatory organizations
    ALEF – Act for Human Rights
    ALK- Alkarama Foundation
    Badael Alternatives
    Lebanese Institute for Democracy and Human Rights – LIFE

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    Raped and sodomized! She does have a wild imagination, and "Now" reports any news that they put their hands on ? Her story is full of contradictions any one would spot her as liar!
    BTW did "NOW" report about the children arrested and denied access to the outside world by the army intelligence during the "Youstink" protest?s or they only sympathise with hypothetical Assir victims ?
    ? ? ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ali_81 View Post
    Raped and sodomized! She does have a wild imagination, and "Now" reports any news that they put their hands on ? Her story is full of contradictions any one would spot her as liar!
    BTW did "NOW" report about the children arrested and denied access to the outside world by the army intelligence during the "Youstink" protest?s or they only sympathise with hypothetical Assir victims ?
    Riddle me this ... is it just the media source "NOW" or is it any media source that picks up on a subject that NGO's have deemed worthy enough to take a stand with?

    I haven't read any media reports of children detained and/or denied access to the outside world from any Lebanese media sources. Does that, in itself, mean that, should this situation prove to be correct, their cases are of less importance or does that mean there is a serious case of suppression being perpetrated by the Intelligence Services?

    Further, if Ms Layal al-Kayaje's case is proven what does it matter who she was perceived to have shown support for? In any case, her case would show that the Intelligence Services are depriving citizens of their rights, violating Lebanon's constitution. And what is more important, the constitution or guilt by association?
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    Her guilt is giving false accusation to tarnish the reputation of the lebanese army! If this girl was genuine she would go and see sit Bahia, or at least make a public appearance about the situation.
    As for children being detained well their parents were all over the lebanese media, they didn't know their whereabout for days before knowing that they are being held by the lebanese army intelligence! That's how lebanon operates don't know if it is constitutional or not, but i'm sure that it is unjust...
    PS: by children i'm talking about kids in their 16 and 17
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ali_81 View Post
    Her guilt is giving false accusation to tarnish the reputation of the lebanese army! If this girl was genuine she would go and see sit Bahia, or at least make a public appearance about the situation.
    As for children being detained well their parents were all over the lebanese media, they didn't know their whereabout for days before knowing that they are being held by the lebanese army intelligence! That's how lebanon operates don't know if it is constitutional or not, but i'm sure that it is unjust...
    PS: by children i'm talking about kids in their 16 and 17
    Your primary concern then is the Intelligence Services reputation when it comes to this woman's accusation but then justify these actions of kidnapping as common practice by this service when it pertains to others? It's unconstitutional in every case and needs to be exposed and reputation be damned.
    "No need to say more...I, for one, do not care one iota about being politically correct, I do call it as I see it without no fear, and those who get their feeling hurt by such truth I say to them:
    " GO CRY ME A RIVER" "-Beirutilibnani


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