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Al-Hasakah: Once again Torture follows participation in demonstrations

KURDWATCH, October 23, 2011—On October 8, 2011, police in Mufti, al-Hasakah province, arrested Jindar ʿAbdussalam Barakat (b. 1988) due to his participation in a demonstration to mark the assassination of Mishʿal at-Tammu. Barakat was initially held at a police station in al-Hasakah for three days before he was transferred to the Political Security Directorate, where he was held in solitary confinement until October 17. He was regularly beaten and kicked in confinement. Two days later, on October 10, 2011, members of the Political Security Directorate in al-Haskah arrested Ahmad ʿAjil Ahmad (b. 1985). The arrest occurred because Jindar ʿAbdussalam Barakat had called him on the day of his imprisonment; his number was saved in Barkat´s cell phone. Ahmad was also regularly beaten and kicked until his release on October 17.
Charges were brought against Barkat and Ahmad pursuant to Articles 374 and 376 of the Criminal Code. The first hearing before the Criminal Court of First Instance in al-Hasakah is scheduled for November 13, 2011.

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