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Aleppo: Riyad Khalil dies in custody

KURDWATCH, September 18, 2010—On August 28, 2010, Riyad Ahmad Khalil (b. 1968) died while in custody at the Political Security Directorate in Aleppo. It is thus far unknown whether he died of natural causes or as the result of torture. Khalil and his son, Damhat Khalil, were arrested together on July 4, 2010, in connection with the arrest of Khalil’s other son, Ahmad Khalil. A former PKK fighter, Ahmad Khalil had voluntarily surrendered to Syrian authorities following his return to Syria. He has remained in custody since that time, whereas Damhat Khalil was released from custody following his father’s death.

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