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An open letter to François Hollande

François Hollande

He spent more time in prison than Nelson Mandela. He is the oldest political prisoner in Europe and probably one of the longest held in the world. On 24 October 2013, he will begin his thirtieth year of detention. Georges Ibrahim Abdallah was sentenced Oct. 24, 1987 to life imprisonment. He may receive a parole since 1999. And yet, even ... Read More »

Provocative French lawyer Jacques Vergès dies aged 88

This picture taken on 26 April 2010 shows French lawyer Jacques Vergès at Beiruts' hotel during the launching of The International Campaign to Free Georges Abdallah (ICFGA) . (Photo: Al-akhbar)

Jacques Vergès, the French lawyer who earned the nickname “Devil’s advocate” by defending a series of high-profile cases including Carlos the Jackal and Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, died in Paris on Thursday aged 88. Vergès died of a heart attack around 8:00pm in the house where 18th century enlightenment philosopher Voltaire once lived – an appropriate setting for an iconoclast who ... Read More »

Georges Abdallah: Humiliation at the French Ambassador’s Residence

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is expected to issue its report on Abdallah in August. (Photo: Marwan Bou Haidar)

By: Bassam Alkantar Once again, Georges Abdallah, the Lebanese whom France continues to hold hostage, was present at the Bastille Day celebrations at the French ambassador’s Pine Residence in Beirut. Activists rallied to chant for his freedom on the day “liberty, equality, fraternity” are supposed to be honored. The gates of the Pine Residence were closed to both Lebanese and French visitors ... Read More »

French court strikes down Georges Abdallah’s release

A file picture taken on 3 July 1986 shows former Lebanese militiaman George Ibrahim Abdallah and famous French lawyer Jacques Verges (in foreground) during his trial for being an accomplice in the murder of two diplomats including Charles Ray of the US and Israeli Yacov Barsimantov, for which Abdallah was condemned to life prison. (Photo: AFP)

France’s highest appeals court has struck down a decision to release Georges Abdallah, 62, jailed in French prisons for 29 years, calling the Lebanese prisoner’s request for parole “irreceivable” on legal grounds. He was granted parole on 21 November 2012, but the prosecution appealed the decision, and France has come under mounting pressure from the US and Israel to block ... Read More »

Georges Abdallah: Three Decades of Birthdays in French Prison

The Abdallah family no longer believes the promises of the French government, which has repeatedly postponed Georges’ release.

By: Bassam Alkantar Yesterday, Lebanese prisoner Georges Abdallah turned 62 inside the French Lannemezan Prison, but there was no birthday cake or celebration. Abdallah, the longest serving political prisoner in a European prison, spent the day on a hunger strike in solidarity with Basque prisoners protesting the death of Xabier Lopez Peña on Saturday. On 24 October 2012, Abdallah marked his ... Read More »

Activists protest delays in Georges Abdallah release

Lebanese-Palestinian artist Kassem Istanbouli participated in a demonstration on 03 March 2013 to denounce Georges Ibrahim Abdallah’s continued imprisonment. (Photo: Chloé Benoist)

Dozens of activists demonstrated near the French embassy in Beirut Sunday to denounce the latest delays in the case of imprisoned Lebanese leftist Georges Ibrahim Abdallah. More than 50 demonstrators rallied early Sunday afternoon, after a French court postponed a hearing to discuss Abdallah’s parole Thursday, more than six weeks after he was due to be released. Abdallah, 61, was ... Read More »

France postpones hearing over Georges Abdallah release, again

Supporters of George Abdallah protest in front of the French embassy in Beirut on Jan. 14, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

A French court on Thursday postponed for the second time a hearing to discuss the parole of jailed Lebanese Marxist Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, more than six weeks after he was due to be released from a 28-year incarceration. The court now says it will hear the case on March 21. Activists in Lebanon have called for a gathering outside the ... Read More »

Activists rename Clemenceau street after Georges Abdallah

A sign formerly indicating Clemenceau street was replaced by a graffiti reading "Georges Abdallah street" (Photo: Marwan Tahtah)

A group named “Comrades of Georges Abdallah” took to the streets of Beirut on Thursday night to graffiti over French street names and replace them with “Georges Abdallah Street.” Signs indicating Clemenceau and Charles de Gaulle streets were painted over in black with new inscriptions painted next to them, in the latest action by Abdallah supporters to protest the Lebanese ... Read More »

Georges Abdallah: Tensions Rise at French Embassy Sit-In

From the sit-in protest in solidarity with Georges Abdallah in front of the French embassy in Beirut, 28 January 2013. (Photo: Alia Haju)

By: Qassem Qassem The decision by a French court on Monday, 28 January 2013, not to release Georges Ibrahim Abdallah was expected. His supporters, who flocked to the French embassy in Beirut, were not surprised that the hearing for the appeal – filed by the prosecutor against Abdallah’s parole – was postponed to 28 February 2013. This “breaking news” only served to stoke ... Read More »

Abdallah decision delayed, protest outside French mission

Supporters of George Abdallah protest in front of the French embassy in Beirut on Jan. 14, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

A French court reportedly postponed the hearing in the case of George Abdallah to Feb. 28 as dozens of supporters of the 61-year-old Lebanese militant protested outside the French embassy in Beirut. Riot police were out in force outside the French mission to stop any potential unrest as some 200 friends and family of Abdallah assembled outside the embassy offices ... Read More »

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