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Al-Qamishli: Writer charged for participating in demonstration, released

KURDWATCH, May 27, 2011—The judge in the criminal court of first instance in al-Qamishli ruled on May 23, 2011 that the writer Ahmad Bakr ʿAli (born 1962, married, ten children), alias Arshak Baravi, shall be released from prison on bail. ʿAli was arrested on May 10, 2011 at the border crossing Nusaybin/al-Qamishli; he had wanted to participate in a writersʼ conference in Turkey. The background for the arrest was his participation in demonstrations in ʿAmudah which were critical of the regime. Three days after his detention, ʿAli was transferred to the Political Security Directorate in Damascus, where he was sworn at and beaten during his interrogation. Two days later he was transferred into ʿAdra Prison. He stayed there four days before he was brought to the prison in al-Hasakah. Two days later he was transferred to the prison in al-Qamishli. In the meantime the case against ʿAli was filed. The first hearing will take place on June 1, 2011 at the criminal court of first instance in al-Qamishli.

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