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Muslim Hussein Abbas brought to court

October 23, 2010 by sks

Kurdish Organization for Defending Human Rights and Public Freedoms in Syria – DAD reports that the individual military judge in Qamishli questioned Muslim Hussein Abbas, on 21 October 2010 in case no. 5642 of 2010. He is accused under Articles 288 and 307 of the Syrian Penal Code:
Article 288
1. Anyone who joins a political or social association of an international character or any similar organization without authorization by the Syrian government will be punished with imprisonment or house arrest for between three months and three years, and fined between 100 and 250 liras.
2.Anyone in the organization in question who carries out a practical task will be punished with imprisonment or house arrest for a minimum of one year and fined at least 100 liras.
Article 307
1. Any deeds committed, writings composed, or speeches held with the intention of inciting sectarian or racial strife or provoking conflict between the religions and the various members of the nation will be condemned to prison for between six months and two years, fined between 100 and 200 liras, and banned from exercising the rights noted in Paragraphs 2 and 4 of Article 65.
2.The court may decide whether or not to publish the decision.
He denied the charges against him, and the hearing was postponed until 31 October 2010.
Muslim Hussein Abbas, born in 1975 is the father if five children and lives in the village of Tel Karam, Derbassiyeh, in Hassaka province. His house was raided by a patrol of the Political Security branch in Hassaka on 12 September 2010. They arrested him and took him to an unknown destination, and then shortly thereafter he was taken before a military judge in Qamishli city.
Kurdish Organization for Defending Human Rights and Public Freedoms in Syria – DAD condemns the arrest of Muslim Hussein Abbas, and his trial and the false charges brought against him. They call for his immediate release; the closure of the file of arbitrary detention in general and in particular the political detentions; the release of all political prisoners and prisoners of opinion and expression; the abolition of special courts because of the lack of international standards for trials; the lifting the State of Emergency and martial law; the rehabilitation of the independence of the judiciary to bring respect for its independent authority; and for respect of international conventions and covenants on human rights.

21 October 2010

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