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Aleppo: Ibrahim Barakat is free

KURDWATCH, June 22, 2011—Ibrahim Barakat Ahmad was released from custody in Aleppo on June 16, 2011. The release stems from a decision taken by the single military judge in al-Qamishli on June 9 to drop the charges filed against Ahmad pursuant to Article 307 of the Criminal Code. After his arrest on January 19, 2011 in al-Hasakah, Ahmad was initially held for six days at the Political Security Directorate. He was then transferred to the Political Security Directorate’s al-Fayhaʾ remand prison in Damascus. He spent three months there, 25 days of which were in solitary confinement, and was interrogated about his articles as well as his contacts abroad. After his s confinement in Damascus he was brought to the civil prison in Aleppo. [Further information on the case]

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