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Damascus: Six others detained in connection with Newroz 2010 are free

KURDWATCH, April 22, 2011—On April 7, 2011, six more people arrested in connection with the Newroz festival organized by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in ar-Raqqa were released from prison. Following their arrest on March 21, 2010, Kaniwar Sabri Nabi, Muhammad Mustafa Shaykh Muhammad, Muhammad Muslim Musa, Ahmad Juman, Muhammad ʿAli Baqi and Muhammad Mahmud Muslim were tortured at the ar-Raqqa prison; Kaniwar Sabri Nabi and Muhammad Muslim Musa were tortured immediately after they were operated on due to bullet wounds. The detainees were then transferred from ar-Raqqa to Damascus, where they remained until their release. Approximately one hundred people were allegedly arrested in connection with the 2010 Newroz festival in ar-Raqqa. [Further information on the case]

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