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Damascus: Student released from custody following torture

KURDWATCH, November 29, 2011—The student Dijwar ʿAbdullah Ahmad was released from custody in Damascus on November 26, 2011. No charges were raised. During his first three days in custody, Ahmad was questioned about his participation in dissident demonstrations. During the interrogations, throughout which he had to stand, his eyes were bound. He was forced to strip naked and was doused with cold water. In addition, he was beaten on the soles of his feet and elsewhere. Ahmad was threatened that if he ever participated in dissident demonstrations again, he would never return home. Dijwar ʿAbdullah Ahmad could not provide any information about which intelligence service held him. The student Hogir Muhammad Shaykhi, who was detained with him, remains in custody. [Further information on the case]

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