Amnesty: Israeli held in Egypt for 12 years with no trial

April 20, 2011 09:59


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Dual Egyptian-Israeli citizen Ouda Suleiman Tarabin has been held in Egyptian prison since 1999 without trial, according to a report by Amnesty International about crimes committed by Egyptian security forces.

According to the report "Egypt's corrosive system of detention," Tarabin was arrested by Egyptian authorities two days after he entered the country illegally when he was 19-years-old. He was detained allegedly on the basis that he was tried by a military court and sentenced to 15 years in prison for espionage in 1999. He is currently being held in Liman Tora Prison.

Tarabin says he never appeared before a judge or was assigned a lawyer.

Amnesty says that authorities have not provided a copy of the verdict from the military court even after requested by the attorney to the minister of interior, minister of justice and prison authorities.

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