Former Guantanamo Detainees Now in Italy Still No Justice
Amnesty International has urged the Italian government to ensure that former Guantanamo detainees receive fair trials in Italy. Tunisian citizens, Adel Ben Mabrouk and Riadh Nasseri were incarcerated in the Guantanamo Prison for seven years without charge before being turned over to Italian authorities in November. They are suspected of committing terrorism related crimes while in Italy.
Amnesty International is requesting that the Italian government not expel Mabrouk and Nasseri to Tunisia where the probability of torture and ill treatment is high, instead lawfully detaining the men in Italy until a fair trial can be conducted. In addition, they are seeking that any evidence obtained under torture while at Guantanamo Prison be excluded from any trial.
Amnesty International also urges the Italian authorities to guarantee that Adel Ben Mabrouk and Riadh Nasseri will not be expelled or deported to Tunisia or to any other country where they would be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
In recent years, the Italian government has attempted to deport and has deported a number of Tunisian nationals to Tunisia, in some cases in violation of rulings issued by the European Court of Human Rights.
The Court has also ruled that Italy violated the absolute ban on returns to risk of torture by sending some back to Tunisia. Amnesty International subsequently learned that some of the people returned to Tunisia reported being subjected to torture or other ill-treatment.
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