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Damascus: Azadî member charged following torture

KURDWATCH, May 12, 2011—On May 8, 2011, the second single military judge in Damascus postponed the hearing against Husam Husayn ʿAli (b. 1976, married, four children) until May 15, 2011. Charges were brought against ʿAli, a member of the Kurdish Freedom Party in Syria (Azadî), pursuant to Article 307 of the Criminal Code. Members of the Military Intelligence Service arrested Husam Husayn ʿAli on December 3, 2008 in Damascus. He was released on April 22, 2009. During his detention, he was held for 55 days in the Faraʿ Falastin remand prison, a division of the Military Intelligence Service in Damascus, where he was tortured. For 34 days, ʿAli was forced to stand in his cell handcuffed and blindfolded from six in the morning until midnight. During interrogations, he was beaten with bare hands and with cables.

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