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Al‑Qamishli: Kenco was subjected to torture while in custody

January 28, 2010 – On January 19, 2010, Xalid Mio Kenco fled across the border from Syria to Turkey illegally. He filed a petition for asylum at the UNHCR in Ankara, which is to be decided upon by April 7 of this year. Kenco is permitted to remain in Turkey until then:
In a telephone conversation with KurdWatch on January 28, 2010, Kenco stated that during his initial detention in al-Qamishli he was held in a solitary cell for seven days. The cell was so small that he was unable to stretch out to sleep. It was completely dark so that he could not tell the difference between his water bottle and the bottle he was given to urinate in. He was only allowed to leave his cell once a day to defecate. Members of the State Security interrogated him for a total of four days. During all of the interrogations, he was blindfolded and his hands were cuffed behind his back. He was berated and slapped, and his feet and other parts of his body were beaten with cables. He was also blindfolded, handcuffed and beaten during the ensuing two-day interrogation by the State Security in Damascus. A central question in these interrogations was whether he had taken part in a demonstration in Berlin on December 10, 2008 against the readmission agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and Syria. In order to avoid further blows, Kenco ultimately admitted to having been a participant of the demonstration. In court he was again asked about his participation – however, at the time he denied it. He also replied in the negative to the question about a petition for asylum in Germany. One of Kenco’s attorneys had already informed us that Kenco’s participation in the demonstration on December 10, 2008 was the subject of the hearing on October 5, 2009.
On September 1, 2009, Xalid Mio Kenco had been deported from the Federal Republic of Germany to Syria, where he was detained and charged with knowingly spreading false or exaggerated information abroad, pursuant to Article 287 of the Criminal Code. His next hearing before the single military judge in al‑Qamishli is scheduled for February 8, 2010. [Further information on the case]


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