|Trials process for Kurdish activists in Syria|
|January 18, 2010 by sks |
Filed under News, Syria
On Sunday, 17 January 2010, the individual military judge in Qamishli, Syria gave the following decisions in the cases of Kurdish political detainees:
In case number 156 of 2010:
The judge asked the four men for their most recent statements and then delivered the following sentences in relation to:
•Khalil Ibrahim Mohammed,
•Mohammed Shekho Issa,
•Abdel-Salam Sheikhmous Mahmoud,
•Rami Sheikmous al-Hassan.
The men were arbitrarily arrested without warrants or court orders in mid-March 2009 during a vigil in memory of the victims of the Halabja massacre in 1988. They were released in late April 2009.
These men were each initially sentenced to six months imprisonment on the charges of inciting sectarian strife. Mitigating circumstances reduced the sentences for Khalil Ibrahim Mohammed and Mohammed Shekho Issa to three months each; and for Abdel-Salam Sheikhmous Mahmoud and Rami Sheikmous al-Hassan to three and a half months each. The men have permission to appeal.
In case number 166 of 2010:
•Dil Khwaz Darwish,
•Dil Khwaz Mohammed,
•Salar Abdul Rahman,
•Abdul Karim Abdo,
These men had been arbitrarily arrested at a vigil for the victims of Halabja during the time of Nawroz without warrants or court orders. They were charged with inciting sectarian strife, and Suleman Osso was also accused of membership of an illegal organisation. They had previously been released.
This session was dedicated to hearing from the witnesses, however the trial was postponed until 22 March 2010 to give time for other witnesses to be summoned.
In case number 925 of 2010:
•Bahjat Ibrahim was charged with membership of a banned political association, which he denied. See the previous report: http://supportkurds.org/reports/yasa-report-october-2009
This trial was postponed to 17 March 2010 to allow the defence to prepare the case. He had been arrested without a warrant or court order on 20 October 2009 by Political Security branch from Hassakah.
In case number 542 of 2010:
•Rojin Rammo was charged with membership of a banned political. The hearing was adjourned as she did not speak Arabic and so could not answer the questions put to her. The
The trial will now be held on 18 March 2010 so that an interpreter can be present. She had been arrested by Political Security from Manbej City in Aleppo province, on the evening of 29 July 2009 during a raid on houses in the town of Kobani. She is an activist with the organisation for Kurdish Women ?Union Star? which is linked to the Democratic Union Party [PYD]. She suffers from several diseases including chronic asthma
In case number 543 of 2010:
•Afrah Mohammed Musa,
•Falak Naz Khalil,
•Mohammed Khalil Khalil,
•Falak Naz Khalil,
See the previous report: http://supportkurds.org/news/trial-of-three-political-kurdish-women-and-one-man-delayed-in-syria/#more-1242
The trial was postponed until 22 January 2010 to allow time for the defence to prepare the case. Falak has heart disease, and Afrah is disabled on one side of her body. They both require special medical attention.
In case number 869 of 2010:
•Jamal Sadoun ? the musician,
•Djawar Munir Abdullah,
•Juan Munir Abdullah,
•Abdel Latif Malaki Jacob (owner of the restaurant where the party took place)
See the previous report: http://supportkurds.org/reports/yasa-report-october-2009
The detainees were questioned about the charges brought against them, that they sought to incite sectarian strife, and they pleaded not guilty.
The judge adjourned the trial to 17 March 2010 to allow the defence to prepare the case. Hosan Ibrahim, Zahid Youssef and Abdel Latif Malaki Jacob were released, however the others remain in detention.
The men were arrested at a Kurdish wedding party where they were singing. They are accused of singing patriotic Kurdish songs. They since have been tortured and insulted by state security officers in Qamishli, as a result of which a number of these artists need medical attention, for example Jamal has a number of injuries to parts of his body including his feet.
In case number 176 of 2010:
•Ahmed Abdullah Taj,
•Mohammad Sharif Mohammad,
The session was arranged for the defence to put their case however the trial was adjourned to 4 February 2010 to allow the case to be prepared. These people are charged with belonging to an unlicensed organisation.
In the case number 137 of 2010:
He was charged with belonging to a banned organisation. The judge decided to postpone the hearing to 17 February 2010 to allow the case to be fully prepared.
These hearings were observed by a large number of political activists and lawyers including a number of lawyers of the defendants:
•Mustafa Osso, a lawyer and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Kurdish organization for the defence of human rights and public freedoms in Syria ? DAD,
•Mohamed Khalil, a lawyer and member of the Bureau of DAD
•Mahmoud Omar, a lawyer,
•Ibrahim Ahmed, a lawyer,
•Bahaa al-Din Fatemi, a lawyer,
We, the members of the Kurdish organization for the defence of human rights and public freedoms in Syria ? DAD strongly condemn the unjust sentences given, and the mock trials that have been held. We call for the charges against these people to be dismissed, and for their release.
We also express our deep concern regarding the status of the judiciary in Syria, because the judiciary is not independent of the State, and so are not neutral in their deliberations and considerations. This is a violation of fundamental freedoms and of the process of just law that is guaranteed by international covenants on human rights, and which have been signed and ratified by the Syrian Government.
We also call upon the Syrian authorities to release all prisoners of conscience, and to cease the practice of detaining political prisoners. We call for the lifting of the State of Emergency and martial law, and for respect of laws, charters and international treaties in relation to human rights that have been signed by Syria, which ban arbitrary detention and unfair trials, and which permit the freedom to hold opinions and ideas without interference.
Kurdish organization for the defence of human rights and public freedoms in Syria ? DAD
17 January 2010
Co-Chair: International Support Kurds in Syria Association [SKS]