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Al-Qamishli: Release from custody following illegal border crossing

KURDWATCH, April 7, 2012—On March 30, 2012, Ibrahim Khalil Biro (Yekîtî politburo member and member of the Executive Committee of the Kurdish Patriotic Conference), Muhammad Yusuf (member of the Executive Committee of the Kurdish Patriotic Conference), and Salih ʿUmar Sufi (member of the politburo of the Syrian-Kurdish Democratic Reconciliation [Rêkeftin]), as well as their smugglers, Muhammad Salah ʿUthman and ʿUmar Ibrahim, were released from custody in al‑Qamishli [further information on the case]. The civil court in al‑Qamishli dropped the charge of participating in unauthorized demonstrations and insulting the head of state. However, the court found the defendants guilty on the charge of illegally crossing the border. The time spent in investigative custody was credited toward the prison term, and the detainees were released. In response to a question about the involvement of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in their arrest, Ibrahim Biro told KurdWatch that regular border officials had arrested him and his companions. The PYD was not involved in the arrest.

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