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Passion Islam I October 2009 ORLD NEWSW I 13
Spain’s detention laws
are worst in Europe
Spanish detention laws which allow such severe restrictions on the rights schoolteacher, Khadija Podd, claims
suspects to be jailed for up to 13 days of detainees,” said Nicola Duckworth, he is innocent of the charges and
with no access to lawyers have been Europe and Central Asia programme suffered torture in police custody,
condemned as the worst in Europe. director at Amnesty International. where he was held incommunicado for
A report published by Amnesty “It is inadmissible that in present day four days. The pair have been married
International claims that Spain is in Spain anyone who is arrested for 12 years and have three children.
strict violation of its obligations under whatever reason should disappear as “For days and days it was like
international human rights law. if in a black hole for days on end. Such he had just vanished. Nobody knew
Under Spanish law a detainee lack of transparency can be used as a where he was. It wasn’t until two
can be held for up to five days in all veil to hide human rights violations.” weeks after he was arrested that I
cases and 13 days if suspected of The report highlights the case of got a phone call from him, in prison.
terrorism-related offences. During this a British resident jailed in Spain three He cried when he spoke to me,” she
period suspects are denied access and a half years ago on terrorism said.
to a lawyer or doctor of their choice charges. Moroccan-born Mohammed She has compared his treatment
and there is no obligation for police to Fahsi, 42, was one of 20 people to that of prisoners in Guantanamo
inform their families of the detention detained in Barcelona in January and said that in the days following
Allegations of torture and ill- 2006 on suspicion of belonging to a his arrest he suffered “cold, sleep
treatment are rife but are rarely group that sent fighters to Iraq. deprivation, extreme light, beating,
investigated, claimed the human He is currently on remand in a threats, forcing them to denounce
rights group. Spanish jail and his trial is expected their religion, trying to coerce them to
“No other European Union country to begin later this month. lie and incriminate fellow detainees”.
maintains a detention regime with His wife, a Nottingham primary
Greatest Ka’bah statue
Aid agencies
to be displayed in Qatar
accuse EU on
false promises
Greatest statue of Ka’bah will be European leaders are guilty of turning
put on display on November 19 at their backs on promises made to poor
the exhibition of Islamic Culture and countries at the London G20 summit
Civilization to be held in Fanar Islamic- in April, aid NGOs Eurodad and
Cultural Center of Doha, Qatar. Oxfam International warned.
According to Al-Bayan newspaper, The G20 leaders have committed
addressing a press conference in just under half the USD 50 billion they
Doha , Mohammad Al-Qamedi, pledged in April for the world’s poorest
director of the center said: “there will countries. Most of the USD 50 billion
be a section at the exhibition specified pledged are loans, not grants, risking
for featuring the Ka’bah statue, the another major debt crisis, said the
symbol of God’s oneness.” two NGOs in a joint statement.
“The height and dimensions of The World Bank estimates that
the statue are the same as the real developing countries will need up to
building in Mecca. It is 6 meters high USD 635 billion in 2009 to protect
and covered with a curtain same as the people from the economic crisis.
one covering Ka’bah and the inside of “European leaders have a real
the statue has been decorated as the opportunity to push the G20 back on
building in grand mosque of Makka,” Kabah wil be displayed here at the track, and help millions of poor people
he added. Fanar Islamic-Cultural Center suffering from an economic crisis
He further stressed that: and information exist in this respect.” they did nothing to cause. It is time
“Displaying the statue provides an “Besides the statue, tableaus on bankers gave a bonus to the people
opportunity for non-Muslims to be the grand mosque and Ka’bah, history, forced into poverty as a result of their
familiar with the outside and inside maps and pictures of the building at greed,” commented Elise Ford, head
of the grand mosque in Mecca and ancient times will be presented to the of Oxfam International’s EU office in
rectifies some of the wrong concepts visitors,” he concluded. Brussels.
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