Ministry of Interior Holds its Employees Accountable
On 2 June 2001, the Assistance Undersecretary for Legal Affairs
in the Interior Ministry said that the strategy of the Ministry
is to strongly adhere to the law and the Constitution. He added
that the Ministry works under a number of guidelines and procedures,
which guarantee the non-occurrence of breaches against detainees.
In the unlikely case of any violations, certain measures are to
be taken as the Ministry is keen to investigate any violations committed
by any of its members in detention centres or in the street, considering
this a legal obligation.
The Assistant also stated that so far in 2011, 20 cases have
been investigated, covering complaints and allegations against the
police for ill-treatment and physical assaults. Four of these cases
were referred to criminal trials; 12 are pending awaiting forensic
reports or due to the failure of some detainees to turn up for questioning.
Five cases have been frozen due to insufficient evidence.
He added that a case was previously investigated by the Ministry
of Interiors’ Military Prosecutor regarding the death of one detainee
in April 2011, where the guards and officials of the detention centre
were all interrogated, and two were found guilty. The death of two
other detainees was also investigated and the medical records of
one of them proved that the cause of death was sickle cell anaemia.
Investigations of recent deaths are still continuing.