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Urgent Call to Reveal the Fate of Citizen Mahmoud Khalaf al-Nasir
Urgent Call to Reveal the Fate of Citizen Mahmoud Khalaf al-Nasir
The Syrian Human Rights Committee (SHRC) has learnt from a close source that the citizen Mahmoud Khalaf al-Nasir was arrested in October 2008. The minibus in which he works was also seized by the State Security Intelligence, and he was immediately driven to Damascus. Since then, nobody knows the place of his detention, and nobody has heard of his news or been able to visit him.
Tuesday, June 9,2009 06:21
SHRC

 

The Syrian Human Rights Committee (SHRC) has learnt from a close source that the citizen Mahmoud Khalaf al-Nasir was arrested in October 2008. The minibus in which he works was also seized by the State Security Intelligence, and he was immediately driven to Damascus. Since then, nobody knows the place of his detention, and nobody has heard of his news or been able to visit him.

 

Mahmoud Khalaf al-Nasir is from Dayr Az-Zowr and is in his mid-thirties. His family are among those who had to leave the country and live in forced permanent exile. He used to live with his family in Jordan, and then travelled to Syria, where he was arrested and sentenced to prison for several years. After his release from prison he married and began working as a minibus driver. He also married and had three children, whom now have nobody to provide for them.

 

The told accusation was that he transported two Iraqis from Dayr Az-Zawr to the Iraqi borders, who are thought to be involved in resistance against the American presence.

 

SHRC considers the case of the citizen Mahmoud Khalaf al-Nasir as one of the many common cases in which individuals are arrested on the basis of suspicion, as he is a minibus driver, and is incapable of distinguishing between his passengers or knowing their intentions, and especially when he is working in an area close to the Iraqi borders. Therefore, SHRC calls upon the Syrian Authorities to immediately reveal the fate of Mahmoud Khalaf al-Nasir and release him. If he has been proven guilty of committing an illegal act then he should be tried at a normal court whilst he enjoys his freedom and his right to defend himself.

 

SHRC reiterates its call to close the file of arbitrary and repressive arrests, which are based only on the Emergency Laws which have been imposed over 46 years ago.

 

Syrian Human Rights Committee

 


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