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Aleppo: Deserting soldier severely tortured

KURDWATCH, October 30, 2013—On March 19, 2012, Hammudah ʿAdnan Hamkiro (b. 1989 in ʿAfrin) was arrested by members of the Military Intelligence Service. Hamkiro had deserted from military service in January 2012. He had been drafted even though he did not need to perform military service under Syrian law since he was his parents’ only son. In March 2012, he wanted to make use of a decree, according to which deserters would not be punished if they turned themselves in to security forces. Hamkiro was nevertheless arrested and was brutally tortured by members of the Military Intelligence Service until June 2012. Since June 2012 he has been held in the central prison in Aleppo.

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