Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Syria: Four Kurdish Yekiti Party members sentenced to 5 years in prison, one other person has disappeared

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Harsh judgments of the Supreme State Security Court on four detainees from the Kurdish Yekiti Party in Syria Three human rights organizations – the Kurdish Organization for Defending Human Rights and Public Freedoms in Syria – DAD, Human Rights Organization in Syria – MAF, and the Kurdish Committee for Human Rights – al-Rased report that on Sunday, 18 April 2010 the Supreme State Security Court in Damascus handed down sentences of five years each to:
• Nazmi Abdul Hannan Mohammed,
• Yasha Khaled Qadir
• Dilgesh Shamo Mamo
• Ahmed Khalil Darwish
who are accused of belonging to the Kurdish Yekiti Party in Syria, under Article (267) of the Penal Code that charges them with attempting to annex part of the territory of the State and attached it to a foreign country.


It is also reported that Tahsin Xeyri Mamo was separated from the other four. According to the Kurdish Yekiti Party in Syria sources, the military police in the prison say they have transferred him to the investigation branch linked to military security in Damascus. He has not been heard of for more than a year. These five people were arrested 31 January 2007 during a raid by a patrol of military security officers at the home of Yasha Khaled Qadir, and were taken to the branch of military security in Aleppo, and then on to the Investigation Branch of the military security in Damascus. After several months the four people mentioned above turned up at the Supreme State Security Court, and they have now been sent to Sednaya Prison.