We do not know from how many years a prisoner no longer counts the time of his imprisonment. Ten years, twenty years, thirty years? Georges Ibrahim Abdallah smashed the sad record. Arrested in 1984, this Lebanese communist has not known freedom for thirty-seven years now. It is not in an obscure banana dictatorship but in France. He was sentenced in 1987 to life imprisonment for complicity in the assassination in Paris of two diplomats, American and Israeli, presumably CIA and Mossad agents.
At the time, while nothing proves the guilt of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, except his fight against the occupation of Palestine and southern Lebanon, his name is associated with a number of Islamist attacks against the Marxist values of this militant. However, he has been released since 1999, that is to say twenty-two years, which was recognized by a French court. But the political authorities, yielding to pressure from the United States and Israel, refuse to release him. Many personalities, in France and around the world, including Angela Davis, Mumia Abu-Jamal or Pierre Laurent, are asking for his release. A demonstration is organized this Saturday in Lannemezan (Hautes-Pyrénées) to demand from France that it put an end to this attack on the rights of a man: Georges Ibrahim Abdallah.