A well-informed source has relayed to the Syrian Human Rights Committee that the Syrian worker Ahmad Hussein Al-Tayalseh (37 years old, married and father of four, the oldest of whom is 6 years old) died at the hands of Libyan policemen in Tobruk on Thursday 12 May 2005.
The account stated that Ahmad Hussein Al-Tayalseh, from the village of Nuwa in the province of Houran in southern Syria, was working at a factory manufacturing cement bricks in Tobruk when he fell into a dispute with a Libyan citizen. The latter sought the aid of his friends among the Libyan police, who approached the site of dispute and systematically attacked the worker, Ahmad. They then took him into custody and drove him under patrol to the police station, where he died two hours later.
The well-informed source states that some days ago, they heard a heavy firing of gunshots in the air in front of Tobruk’s central police station. When the cause behind the shooting was questioned, they were told that the policemen were jubilantly celebrating at the declaration of their innocence regarding the killing of the Syrian young man, Ahmad Hussein Al-Tayalseh, who was killed at the station under torture following a complaint submitted against him from a Libyan citizen over a trivial dispute. The Syrian was taken to the station and tortured until he died as a result thereof.
SHRC denounces this brutal crime committed by the Libyan Authorities against the Syrian citizen working in Libya, and demands an investigation of the incident and the punishment of those responsible for his torture and death. SHRC further stipulates compensation to his family, who are aggrieved by this inhumane act, and calls for the adherence to international laws regarding the defence of residents and workers.
SHRC also calls for the Syrian Authorities to pursue this brutal case with their contacts from the Libyan Authorities, and to defend Syrian citizens in Libya, after repeated incidents of their arrest and being attacked, as well as the inhumane treatment they face.
SHRC turns to all friends of human rights to apply all possible pressure on the Libyan Authorities to initiate an investigation of this death, to present those responsible for a trial, and to ensure that the Libyan Authorities follow international laws and covenants.
The Syrian Human Rights Committee
May 27, 2005