Spanish authorities have confiscated the passport of Tayseer Alluni, Aljazeera’s bureau chief in Spain, and prevented him from leaving its territories without giving any reason for the measure.
Alluni was handed down a sentence of seven-year jail term by Spanish Court over charges of collusion with a terror organisation, but the European Court of Human Rights, which is based in Strasbourg, ruled out that decision on January 17, 2012, considering the trial as illegal.
It is worth mentioning that the sentence against Alluni ended on February 25, 2012. He was planning to visit Doha where his family members and Al Jazeera colleagues are based.
While the Doha Centre for Media Freedom (DCMF) voices strong concerns towards such behaviours, which violates Alluni’s basic rights, it calls on Spanish authorities to abide by the international conventions, especially the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights that guarantee peoples’ rights of movement.
DCMF also urges Spain to abide by the European Convention for Human Rights that obliges member states of the European Union to adhere to the European court’s verdict.
The Centre considers the decision of confiscating Alluni’s passport and preventing him from travelling abroad a continuation of Spain’s violations of his rights and part and parcel of the illegal case that was brought against him, which various international rights groups agree that it lacks the inalienable right of citizens to have a fair and independent trial.
Therefore, the centre expresses its full solidarity with Alluni and demands the Spanish authorities to immediately reconsider its decision and guarantees his rights in movement without restrictions or conditions.
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