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Al-Qamishli: PYD supporters released from custody following torture

KURDWATCH, April 12, 2011—On March 28, 2011, the single military judge in al-Qamishli ruled that Muhammad Nuri Abu Bakir (b. 1953, married, seven children), Hasan Mahmud Tahir Issa (b. 1960) and ʿAbdi Ahmad Hamo (b. 1944) were to be released from custody. The release of Ahmad Muhammad Amin Ibrahim (b. 1970) followed on March 29, 2011. Members of the Political Security Directorate had arrested the four Democratic Union Party (PYD) sympathizers following their participation in a PYD demonstration on December 15, 2010 in al-Qamishli. During their interrogation at the Political Security Directorate in al-Hasakah, they were tortured with blows to the soles of their feet. Charges were raised pursuant to Article 307 of the Criminal Court. The cases are pending before the court.


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