40 year old Artur Ligeska was sadly found dead in his Amsterdam apartment last Monday.
Artur desperately called for help over a phone call, knowing he would likely be placed in solitary confinement, but he couldn’t be silent anymore. In a court case that lasted 5 minutes, his whole life was ruined. He had to take the risk.
“When Artur told me the details of the human rights abuses and torture he suffered, I was appalled. It was not the first time I had heard a detailed account of someone’s abuse, but it is very difficult to imagine kind souls being egregiously harmed in this way. It is truly sick.
“Artur and I became good friends as he rebuilt his life in Poland. He was enthusiastic, positive and a beautiful person. He wrote the best selling book “A Sheikhs Love”, began campaigning for human rights generally, speaking at events, to the media and raising awareness about Abu Dhabi’s prison, especially calling for the release of Ahmed Mansoor who was his cell neighbour.
“Artur was ambitious and inspired, immediately working on a documentary “Isolation Cell 32”, directed by Hossam Meneai. Artur talked honestly about his experiences that were clearly painful to discuss.
“We are all deeply saddened by this tragedy. We will keep Artur’s wishes alive and always remember him. I’m proud to have been his friend. Our thoughts are with his wonderful mother and family at this time.”