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Damascus: Six party functionaries released from prison; Tahsin Mamo likely dead

KURDWATCH, April 3, 2011—On March 25, 2011, four members of the Kurdish Union Party (Yekîtî), Nazmi ʿAbdurrahman Muhammad, Ahmad Khalil Darwish, Yasha Khalid Qadir, and Dilgash Shamo Mamo, were released from the Saydnaya prison ten months ahead of schedule. Tahsin Khairi Mamo, who was arrested with them, remains »disappeared«. At this point it is assumed that he is no longer alive [further information on the case]. Salih ʿAbdu and Husayn Hamid Muhammad, both members of the Kurdish Freedom Party in Syria (Azadî), were also released. ʿAbdu and Muhammad were arrested on August 19, 2007 and the Supreme State Security Court later sentenced them to four years imprisonment each. They served a total of three quarters of their sentence. The release of the above-named individuals occurred in connection with an amnesty declared by Bashar al-Assad for some political prisoners. More Kurds are believed to be among those released. KurdWatch is currently investigating their identities.

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