January 4, 2019
The family of Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen imprisoned in Iran, has expressed fears that he could die under torture, after it had not been able to reach him for more than three weeks.
“Almost three weeks have passed since our last contact with our son Nizar after it was revealed that the Revolutionary Guards had taken him from his detention in (Tehran’s) Evin Prison to one of their private jails for questioning,” the family said in a statement on Wednesday.
Zakka, who also holds permanent residency in the US, was arrested in 2015 after traveling to Iran to attend a state-sponsored conference. At the time of his arrest, Zakka was the secretary-general of international NGO IJMA3, and had received an official invitation to visit Iran.
The family statement said the Guards have tortured Zakka to extract confessions from him on his alleged collaboration against the state.
“Despite all types of torture he is being subjected to, Nizar is still resisting,” it said, criticizing the Lebanese embassy in Tehran for not playing a role in ending his torment.
It also held the Iranian authorities fully responsible for his torture, which it said, could lead to his murder.
The family renewed its criticism to the authorities in Beirut, saying they are not doing enough to secure the release of a Lebanese citizen.