Qatar must urgently investigate allegations that a Filipino man who was held in solitary confinement for over four years was repeatedly tortured, said Amnesty International ahead of an appeal hearing in his case on 9 March.
Ronaldo Lopez Ulep, 48, a former civilian employee of Qatar’s Air Force was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of spying in 2014 for allegedly passing on information about his employer.
Two other Filipino men involved in the case were also found guilty, apparently of espionage. One has been sentenced to death. According to court documents, all three told the court that their “confessions” were extracted through torture and other ill-treatment.
“Given the fact that Ronaldo Lopez Ulep was held in solitary confinement for four years prior to his trial, his allegation that he was repeatedly tortured in order to force him to ‘confess’, and the use of this ‘confession’ in his trial, his conviction is clearly unsafe,” said Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.