The Follow-up Committee on the case of activist Fateh Jamous released a statement detailing the continuous physical abuse to which Jamous is being subjected (Arabic. ME Transparent, 6/15/06).
The statement notes that Jamous, a political prisoner, is still locked up with criminal prisoners in a clear violation of the law. Prison informers and thugs have reportedly assaulted him with the prison administration turning a blind eye.
The prison doctor stated that there were bruises on Jamous's face and head, but five fake witnesses were brought to testify that he had banged his own head against the cell's iron door. Jamous held the prison's warden personally responsible, but the latter denied any role.
Jamous's daughter Maya had also revealed that her father was being beaten regularly and was still being denied basic prison commodities such as a mattress and sheets, and was still sleeping on the cell floor.
This information was confirmed by Rami Abdel Rahman, spokesman for a human rights watchdog, who told UPI that this 'torture by proxy" was the security services' new method (Arabic. UPI via "Free Fateh Jamus," 6/13/06). He pointed out how so-called university students have been used to beat dissidents at rallies in Damascus.
A solidarity website which posts news articles and updates on his situation was launched last month.