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Aleppo: The musician Bave Salah is free—torture while in custody

KURDWATCH, March 8, 2011—On March 5, 2011, ʿAbdurrahman Muhammad ʿUmar, alias Bave Salah, was released from custody. Following his arrest, he had been initially detained by the Air Force Intelligence Directorate in Aleppo where he was tortured with blows to the soles of his feet. Two weeks later he was transferred to the Political Security Directorate in Aleppo, where he was forced to spend the rest of his detention in solitary confinement. During the interrogations, ʿAbdurrahman Muhammad ʿUmar was questioned about his appearances at Kurdish events. No charges were brought against him. [Further information on the case]

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