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November 27, 2014

The Daily Star - Governor vows to assist detainees in Tripoli prison, November 27, 2014

Antoine Amrieh

North Lebanon Governor Ramzi Nahra pledged Thursday to improve detention conditions for prisoners held in Tripoli’s central prison, during a tour of the facility.

Nahra, who was accompanied by a delegation of civil society representatives, said that “the aim of the visit is primarily humanitarian," adding that the detention center that was constructed to accommodate 400 prisoners was currently housing over 500.

According to the governor, the surplus of prisoners requires a quick solution to the issue, "especially since a large number of the [prisoners] only need to pay a bail fee that does not surpass LL300,000 in order for them to be released from jail.”

Nahra called for a humanitarian campaign to assist the prisoners, while claiming that it was his responsibility as a local official to offer direct assistance.

Maha al-Jisr, who joined the governor on his tour, said that the civil society sector was set to launch an initiative to secure bail funds that would be donated to prisoners who haven’t been tried, and called on Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk to coordinate with the efforts.

During his visit, the governor listened to the legal and humanitarian problems of male and female detainees, while focusing on those whose financial conditions prevent them from posting bail or hiring a lawyer.

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