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Tunisia: Man dies after alleged police torture

last updated Sep 11, 2012

The death of robbery suspect Abd Raouf Kammassi led to the arrest of four police officers who were allegedly torturing him in a police station. The man later died in hospital. According to his lawyer, Kammassi was hit with a sharp object on his head during an interrogation in a police station.

In a statement, the Interior Ministry confirmed that Kammassi had died of a concussion and that it has launched two investigations into the allegations. The incident is the first of its kind since President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali resigned in January 2011 and fled to Saudi-Arabia. During his reign, systematic torture was “deeply entrenched and institutionalized within the security sector, with torture being practiced and abetted by law enforcement officials, the former State Security Department (DSS, also known as the “political police”), Ministry of the Interior personnel and prison staff, with complete impunity", according to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez in his Mission Report of 2011.

Reuters: Tunisian man dies after being tortured -lawyer

ABC News: Tunisian Police Detained on Torture Suspicions

  • UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (2011) Mission Report

  • Tunisia country profile