Dr. Rafik Benaissa's Legal Team Welcomes Swiss Human Rights Report and Rejects Swiss Deal for Riadh Ben Aissa

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Dr. Rafik Benaissa, brother of former SNC Lavalin Executive Riadh Ben Aissa, and his legal team welcome report from Swiss NGO Human Rights and claim deal with Swiss Department of Justice has no legal value.

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Attorneys for Dr. Rafik Benaissa, brother of former SNC Lavalin executive Riadh Benaissa, welcome NGO Swiss Human Rights' report on Riadh Benaissa’s detention in Swiss prisons. This report issued on August 19 2014 by Human Rights Switzerland exposes major legal and human rights concerns.

“As per our lawsuit filed against the Swiss Governement (Montreal Superior Court # 500-17-080858-148), we allege that my Brother has been submitted to cruel and unsual treatment at the Bern Regional Prison in Bern-Switzerland. Our lawsuit also alleges a discriminatory, politically motivated component in the Swiss department of Justice criminal investigation against my brother. Our suit also alleges that this cruel and unusual treatment in a Swiss prison cell has been willfully ignored by Canadian officials, by members of the Canadian Federal Police, and by Canadian Magistrates, some of them having traveled to Switzerland to have access to Riadh Ben Aissa’s prosecution file,” says Dr. Rafik Benaissa.

“We have full trust in the Canadian Justice System and will see that my brother is not treated as a scapegoat of political changes in the Middle East and Multinational Companies looking at saving billions of dollars of income in oil rich countries such as Libya,” concludes Dr. Rafik Benaissa.

“We believe that any deal or guilty plea Riadh Benaissa would have signed is technically illegal and null and void in the context of a cruel and unusual treatment of a prisoner. The victim here is not SNC Lavalin which employed Riadh Ben Aissa for 27 years before dismissing him publicly in the face of political changes in the Middle East, but Riadh Ben Aissa himself," says Tunisian Law Professor Hatem Kourda.

Attorney Hatem Kourda Avocat
Tel.: +216 98 329 511

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