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Al‑Qamishli: One year imprisonment for Left Party politician

KURDWATCH, June 22, 2010—On June 20, 2010, the single military judge in al‑Qamishli sentenced Mehmûd Xelef Sefo to one year imprisonment pursuant to Article 307 and to six months imprisonment pursuant to Article 288. Presidential Decree No. 22, dated February 24, 2010, was not applicable as Sefo was arrested after its entry into force. The penalties were combined and the more severe will be carried out. Mitigating circumstances, which are typical in such cases, were not recognized by the court. The attorneys announced that they will appeal on points of law. Mehmûd Xelef Sefo is a member of the politburo of the Kurdish Left Party in Syria. [Further information on the case]

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