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His Excellency Brigadier Salih Rajab al-Mismari
Secretary of the General People’s Committee for Public Security
Secretariat of the General People’s Committee for Public Security
Tripoli Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

12 August 2007

Your Excellency,

the human rights organization amnesty international welcomed the release of the six medical workers who had been sentenced to death after they were convicted of deliberately infecting over 400 Libyan children with HIV.
At the same time the organization asked the Libyan authorities to implement reforms to the criminal justice system, which still imposes the death penalty and criminalizes free speech and free public assemblies, and threatens people like Mr. Fathi al-Jahmi or Mr. Idriss Boufayed with long-term prison sentences just for expressing their opinions freely.

We as a German group of amnesty international are specifically concerned about eight Libyan men who obviously have not been charged with any crime, and yet have been imprisoned for about 17 years. They are:

Mustafa al-Darqash, a medical student, about 25 years at the time of arrest مصطفى الدرقاش
‘Atiya al-Darini, student, about 20 years at time of arrest عطيه الدري
Al-Shukri Gharuda, clerical worker الشكري غروده
Kamal ben Hamida, teacher, about 25 at the time of arrest كمال بن حميده
‘Ali Hamuda, student, about 28 at time of arrest علي حموده
Nur al-Din al-Hariri, soldier نورالدين الحريري
‘Abdullah al-Haiji, teacher, about 35 at time of arrest عبد الله الهويجي
‘Abdul-Hakim al-Jamal, student عبد الحكيم الجمال

The Libyan Arab Jamahiriya is going to celebrate the anniversary of the Great Revolution of Al Fateh. Often this has been an occasion for prisoner releases and we appeal to you, to include the above-mentioned men in an amnesty.

With the best wishes for Libya’s future

Yours respectfully