Release "Bahbib " after a year and a half in a Bir Ahmed.. Arrested without charge and left with a disability due to torture

Release "Bahbib " after a year and a half in a Bir Ahmed.. Arrested without charge and left with a disability due to torture

Last week, Emirati forces released the young man Ahmed Bahbib, a year and a half after the enforced disappearance and torture in the notorious Bir Ahmed prison, which turned into a Yemeni version of the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Local sources told Al-Masdar online that Bahbib was arrested a year and a half ago without charge and remained hidden, and there was no information about him before his family was surprised by information about his arrest in the prison of Bir Ahmed in Aden, which includes hundreds of innocent people arrested without charge and fabricated charges.

Relatives of Bahbib said that a mediation by the Director general of the Buriqa directorate, Hani al-Yazidi, resulted in the release of their child who was in full health before being arrested and returned to them paralyzed and walking on crutches.

For 550 days, he was subjected to torture for a year and a half, from severe beatings and electric shocks until he lost his ability to move and could no longer trigger his feet, according to his relatives and friends.

One of his friends said that he had not been charged with any accusations but that the arrest was likely because of the title and their belief that he was gathering with the leader of the Reform Party, Nasser Bahbib, who became the ambassador of Yemen in Tunis in September 2016.

His friend, who asked not to be named for security reasons, said, "they destroyed him in Bir Ahmed prison, assassinated his smile and left him a desperate, frustrated young man who walks on crutches."

Activists said that the arrest of Bahbib without charge, concealment and torture was a heinous and unforgivable crime, and activist Amin Barufaid  "Mohammed Bahbib of Al-Buriqa youths remained hidden in the Coalition prison in Bir Ahmed for a year and a half."

In a post on his Facebook page, Barufaid said, "He was walking on his feet and he was released days ago paralyzed by torture and could not walk."

Bir Ahmed is one of several secret detention centres run by the UAE with the help of loyal local forces and hundreds of detainees.

The U.S. Associated Press  agency revealed in a survey the existence of a secret prison network in Yemen run by the UAE, where detainees are subjected to various forms of torture.

In particular, a report of the Panel of experts of the Yemen Sanctions Committee, formed by the Security Council in the summer of 2017, found that Yemeni and coalition states, including the United Arab Emirates, have committed serious violations, some of which may amount to war crimes such as extrajudicial detention, extrajudicial arrest, enforced disappearance and others.


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