Nigerian Torture Survivor Freed!
Liu Zhenggang, a designer, has been released. He was released on 24 June on medical grounds. He remains under surveillance at his home in Beijing, China.
Liu Zhenggang, a designer working at internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei’s design firm, was released from detention on 24 June. He is now at his home in Beijing, China and is under surveillance.
Fadhel Maki al-Manasif (previously spelled Fadel Makki al-Manasef), 26 years old, was told on April 30 to report to the criminal investigation department at the police station in al-‘Awwamiya, a town in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. He went there the next day and was arrested, then was transferred between different police stations in the Eastern Province. On May 4, he was moved to al-Khobar prison, also in the Eastern Province, where he was allowed to see his family and lawyer twice a week. On May 18, he was transferred to the General Intelligence Prison in Dammam, the capital of the Eastern Province, where he was detained incommunicado again until his release.
Liu Zhenggang, a designer working at internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei’s design firm, was released from detention on 24 June. He is now at his home in Beijing, China and is under surveillance.Liu Zhenggang was detained in early April along with Ai Weiwei and several of his other associates: Wen Tao, his friend and assistant, Zhang Jingsong, his cousin and driver, and Hu Mingfen, his accountant. Liu Zhenggang was detained for interrogation, during which he suffered a heart attack. He was then sent to Lanzhou Armed Police Hospital to recover.
Mohammed Hasan al-Labwani, who was arrested on 18 August in al-Zabadani, near Damascus, has now been reunited with his family. He was charged by an investigating judge with “weakening national sentiment” (Article 285 of the Syrian Penal Code), “broadcasting false and exaggerated news which could affect the morale of the country” (Article 286) and a third charge related to participation in riots (Article 335). He is awaiting his next hearing, which is scheduled for 8 October 2011.