He arrived legally in Switzerland but soon decided to try his luck in France as he assumed it would be easier to find a job there. He was stopped by the French police for a routine identity check on 15 July 2005. He was then taken to the police station and handed over to the French intelligence. After 4 days of interrogation during which he was intimidated and threatened of being deported to Tunisia where he would face torture, he was sent to prison. He then spent three years and a half in pre-trial custody during which he learnt French so that he could address the questions of the judge during his trial. However, he was not given this opportunity and was sentenced over terrorism charges, largely on the basis of torture evidence obtained in Algeria. During his detention, he was also sentenced to 47 years of prison in absentia under Ben Ali’s regime.
Good news for former Tunisian detainee Yassine FerchichiWritten by CP Editor Tuesday, 06 March 2012
Yassine Ferchichi is a Tunisian national who faced persecution in his country of origin because of his religious practice. Fearing for his life, he eventually fled Tunisia after he was tortured by the security forces in 2005.
On 24 December 2009, on the day of his release, he was informed that he would be deported to Senegal, a country with which he had no tie whatsoever, as he could not be sent back to Tunisia where he could be subjected to torture. Despite an opposite decision of the European Court of Human Rights, he was wrapped in tape and forcefully put in a plane to Dakar. Upon his arrival, he was taken in secret detention for several days. He was not released before he started a hunger and thirst strike. He was then thrown in the streets of Dakar without any documents or financial resources, living as a homeless when CagePrisoners first interviewed him in 2011.
By the grace of Allah, Yassine Ferchichi was granted a passport by the Tunisian embassy on 25 February 2012 under the new government’s amnesty. After nearly 7 years of tribulations (torture, arbitrary detention, illegal deportation and homelessness) Yassine Ferchichi shall now be able to return to his family with the permission of Allah.
Yassine Ferchichi wishes to thank all the people who supported him with their prayers or their money.
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