Protests against the detention of George Abdallah

beirut bar association protestThe Beirut Bar Association held a protest on Friday to demand the release of Lebanese detainee in French prisons, George Ibrahim Abdallah.

The lawyers criticized the French government and its judiciary, stating that the way they are dealing with Abdallah’s case is not in conformity with either the French or International laws, nor with the Declaration of Human Rights.

Abdallah has been in prison for over 28 years, even though French law limits the maximum sentence of any prisoner to 18.

He was accused of engaging in commando operations carried out by the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Factions; the court was not able to present concrete evidence against him in this regard so far.

The 60-year-old Abdallah was arrested in 1984 and sentenced to life in prison, three years later, for his alleged involvement in the 1982 murders of U.S. military attache Charles Robert Ray and Israeli diplomat Yacov Barsimantov.

Yves Bonnet, former director of France’s Central Headquarters for Surveillance of the Territory and founder of the International Centre for Research and Studies on Terrorism, contributed to the hunt that led to Abdallah’s arrest in Lyon in 1984. Despite that, he declares himself in favour of the prisoner’s release. “This injustice has lasted long enough,” he recently told FRANCE 24.

“It’s gone beyond the limits of what’s reasonable, and at this point nothing justifies his imprisonment. We should put him on a plane and send him back to Lebanon, where the authorities are willing to receive him.”

On January 10, 2013, Abdallah was granted parole on appeal by the chamber of sentences application of Paris, conditioned to an order of deportation from France. Abdallah’s lawyer said that his client hopes to return to Lebanon and take up a teaching job.

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  • 5thDrawer

    A teaching job … hmmmm … in which refugee camp?
    Mathematics, I assume?

    • Hannibal

      He is from my village lol I guess we are stuck with him but at 60 there isn’t much juice left in him to teach. He is a very smart guy but he is gonna be surprised as the world changed. The people whom he fought with are all but gone and the camps changed hands. The leftists who fought with the PLO died with the Soviet Union and the tides are totally different. I would love to see his reaction to those new developments. It is akin a Homo erectus waking up from hibernation to see a modern Homo sapien drive a car. He would shit his pants. LOL

      • Prophettttt

        Maybe He still has enough juice to straighten you out,and guide you to the right path,lol.
        You should be proud of of being from his village.

  • 5thDrawer

    A teaching job … hmmmm … in which refugee camp?

    • Hannibal

      He is from my village lol I guess we are stuck with him but at 60 there isn’t much juice left in him to teach. He is a very smart guy but he is gonna be surprised as the world changed. The people whom he fought with are all but gone and the camps changed hands. The leftists who fought with the PLO died with the Soviet Union and the tides are totally different. I would love to see his reaction to those new developments. It is akin a Homo erectus waking up from hibernation to see a modern Homo sapien drive a car. He would shit his pants. LOL

      • Prophettttt

        Maybe He still has enough juice to straighten you out,and guide you to the right path,lol.
        You should be proud of of being from his village.

  • Prophettttt

    Freedom for George Abdullah……..Freedom for the man who is being detained illegally by the french.
    The man has been detained in french jail for 28 years when French law limits the maximum sentence of any prisoner to 18…… . He was jailed despite courts failure to present concrete evidence against him. Three years later, and while being illegally detained, the french sentenced him to life(not 18 years as required by their law) in prison for his alleged involvement of the murder of a US official,and an Israeli diplomat with no concrete evidence. Life in jail when the law limits prison terms to 18 years!!!!!! and by who? Not by Assad or Quadafi or Mubarak,BUT by the french!!!!!!!! The ones who lecture us on Democratic values,human rights , freedom,and justice!!!!!!!!
    There is no justification for such injustice.Even if he was truly guilty according to french law, why detain him extra 10 years.
    In spite of the fact that He was paroled by the chamber of sentences,the french authorities refuse to release him.
    Yes ,The french, are always the first to criticize nations which detain prisoners illegally,but when it suits them they do it themselves. Human rights when it suits them.but screw human rights when it does not suit them.
    So much for french justice.
    So much for international justice.
    So much for human rights.
    So much promise in your support of freedom and democracy and human rights,
    Enough of your hypocrisy.

  • Prophettttt

    Freedom for George Abdullah……..Freedom for the man who is being detained illegally by the french.
    The man has been detained in french jail for 28 years when French law limits the maximum sentence of any prisoner to 18. So much for french justice. He was jailed despite courts failure to present concrete evidence against him. Three years later, and while being illegally detained, the french sentenced him to life in prison for his alleged involvement of the murder of a US official,and an Israeli diplomat with no concrete evidence. Life in jail when the law limits prison terms to 18 years.There is no justification for such injustice.Even if he was truly guilty according to french law, why detain him extra 10 years.

    The french are always the first to criticize nations which detain prisoners illegally,but when it suits them they do it themselves. Bunch of hypocrites. Human rights when it suits them.but screw human rights when it does not suit them.
    So much for french justice.
    So much for international justice.
    So much for human rights.
    Free the man,and go find the real killers.