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Al-Qamishli: Arrests following Friday demonstration

KURDWATCH, July 28, 2011—On the evening of June 23, 2011, police in al-Qamishli arrested Asʿad Fatah Hamdu (b. 1959), ʿAbdulʿaziz ʿAbdurrazzaq Sabri (b. 1961), Hikmat Abdurrahman Jirjis (b. 1963) and Samir Bahram Ibrahim (b. 1978) on the charge of having participated in an unauthorized demonstration the day before. During the demonstration, violent conflict broke out between police and demonstrators. Numerous demonstrators as well as a handful of police officers were injured in the clash. Samir Bahram Ibrahim sustained injuries to the head in the demonstration. On July 24 the persons named above were brought before the criminal court in al-Qamishli. Hamdu, Sabri, and Jirjis were released, as their participation in the demonstration could not be proven. Against Ibrahim, charges pursuant to Article 335 and 336 of the penal code were filed. The next hearing in his case is scheduled for August 22, 2011.

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