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ʿAfrin: Mustafa and Mahabad Muhammad Shaykhu remain in custody without charge

KURDWATCH, January 14, 2011—The brothers Mustafa and Mahabad Muhammad Shaykhu will remain in custody for at least three months. At the end of the three-month period it is expected that they will be officially charged; the Interior Ministry has granted a petition from the director of the subdistrict of Shaykh al‑Hadid (ʿAfrin district) to this effect. The petition invokes the state of emergency, which has been in effect since 1963 and allows the security authorities to hold a citizen for three months without charge. Mustafa and Mahabad Muhammad Shaykhu have been held in the ʿAfrin prison since November 9, 2010 [further information on the case].


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