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Al-Qamishli: Four months imprisonment for poets

KURDWATCH, February 19, 2011—On February 17, 2011, the single military judge in al‑Qamishli sentenced ʿUmar ʿAbdi Ismaʿil, ʿAbdussamad Husayn Mahmud and Ahmad Fatah Ismaʿil to six months imprisonment and a fine of 100 Syrian liras pursuant to Article 307 of the Criminal Code. Due to mitigating circumstances pursuant to Article 244, the sentence was reduced to four months and a fine of 60 Syrian liras. Moreover a sentencing fee of 400 Syrian liras was imposed upon the three poets and they were banned from employment in the public sector. [Further information on the case]

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