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Aleppo: Activist released from custody following torture

KURDWATCH, January 26, 2012—On January 19, 2012, ʿAbdulmajid Tamr was released from custody in Aleppo based on Amnesty Decree No. 10, dated January 15, 2012. Employees of the Political Security Directorate arrested the activist on May 31, 2011 in al-Qamishli and transferred him to the Political Security Directorate in al-Hasakah. During interrogations, Tamr’s eyes and hands were bound; he was tortured with electric billy clubs as well as forced into a tire and beaten (Dulab method). Additionally, he was beaten on the soles of his feet (Falaqa method, bastinado). Tamr was forced to provide his access data for Facebook and Skype as well as the passwords to his e-mail accounts. Fifteen days later, he was brought to the Political Security Directorate in Damascus and also interrogated. Another twenty-five days later, he and other inmates were brought to Aleppo. There, the Military Prosecution raised charges pursuant to Article 285 of the Criminal Code. [Further information on the case]

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