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Damascus: Yekiti party official »disappeared« in custody

February 3, 2010 – On January 26, 2010, the Supreme State Security Court in Damascus postponed the decision indefinitely in the case of five Kurdish politicians. On January 29, 2007, Nezmî Ebdilhenan Mihemed (b. 1960), married, four children, Ehmed Xelîl Derwîş (b. 1972), married, three children, Yaşa Xalid Qadir (b. 1973), married, two children, Dilgeş Şemo Memo (b. 1982), married, and Tehsîn Xeyrî Memo (b. 1980), married, one child, all members of the Kurdish Union Party in Syria (Yekîtî), were arrested by members of the Military Intelligence Service in the apartment of Yaşa Xalid Qadir in Aleppo. The above-named individuals had taken part in a seminar there. After two months of pre-trial custody in Aleppo and Damascus, their case was transferred to the Supreme State Security Court in Damascus. They were brought to the Saydnaya prison, thirty kilometers north of Damascus. When the families of the detainees were allowed for the first time to visit their relatives in prison six months ago, they learned that Tehsîn Xeyrî Memo had been brought to an unknown location a year ago. His whereabouts and the state of his health are unknown. During its session on January 26, 2010, the Supreme State Security Court decided to treat Tehsîn Xeyrî Memo’s case separately from that of the other four party members.


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