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Passion Islam I June 2009 ORLD NEWSW I 17
UN seeks information
on secret Israeli prisons
Light Rail
A 4.5-km dual-track Light Rail service
with a load capacity of 60,000
passengers per hour has been
approved to ease traffic congestion
in Makkah.
The light train will run all year from
Shesha to Ghazza, said Munir Hasan
Abbas Sindi, general manager of
Doroob Company that has initiated
the service as part of a massive
project adjoining the Grand Mosque.
Called Darb Al-Mashair, the
gigantic SR7.5 billion project includes
development of a 1,185,
area from Bin Dawood Shesha to
The United Nations anti-torture In a written reply, Israel had denied
Pedestrian Street leading to Mina.
committee called on Israel to that it was operating the facility or
To be developed by 2012 for
release information on its secret using it to interrogate suspects.
multipurpose use, including the Light
detention facilities and to close such “For several years now, the
Rail service, the zone will have two
interrogation centers. Israel had ISA (Israel Security Agency) is not
50-story buildings covering 150,000
completely denied the accusation. involved in any way in operating that
sq. m., a domed shopping mall of
During their examination of facility and no ISA interrogations are
278,000 sq.m., a 292,000-sq.m. area
Israel, the 10 experts had presented conducted there. Furthermore, since
for hotels, and 293,000 sq.m. for car
allegations that Israel was running a September 2006, the facility has not
“Facility 1391” in an “undetermined been used for detention,” said the
Train stations will be built at
location within Israel which is not Israeli authorities.
Shesha and Ghazza, covering 37,000
accessible to the International But in the report, the experts noted
sq.m. and facing the Holy Mosque,
Committee of the Red Cross or “with concern” that petitions filed to
Sindi said The track will be fenced off
detainees’ lawyers or relatives.” examine Facility 1391 were rejected.
and pass through pedestrian tunnels.
“For several years now, the In addition, Israel’s Supreme
For an uninterrupted stretch of the
ISA (Israel Security Agency) is not Court had ruled that Israeli authorities
track, bridges will be built for the rail
involved in any way in operating that acted reasonably in not conducting
line to pass over roads. Sindi said the
facility and no ISA interrogations are investigations on allegations of torture
project includes two-way electrically
conducted there. Furthermore, since carried out in the facility.
operated beltways, known as
September 2006, the facility has not The court “should ensure that all
travelators, running up to the doors
been used for detention “ allegations of torture and ill-treatment
of the Holy Mosque.
The Israeli authoritiesIn by detainees in Facility 1391 be
Darb Al-Mashair project has been
conclusions published Friday, impartially investigated, the results
approved by the Supreme Council
the committee said Israel should made public and any perpetrators
for the Development for the Two
“investigate and disclose the responsible for breaches of the
Holy Cities and Makkah Mayor
existence of any other such facility Convention be held accountable,”
Osama Fadl Al-Bar, with the consent
and the authority under which it has said the committee against torture.
of Makkah Emir Prince Khaled Al-
been established.”
To be executed in partnership of
the Makkah Municipal Corporation,
the project is the fruition of the civil
authorities’ endeavors to engage
the private sector in addressing the
growing traffic problem in the holy
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