Ambiguity surrounds fate of two Syrian Kurds accused of anti-Assad agenda



ARA News

Qamishli, Syria− Nearly one year ago, two Kurdish men, Anas al-Hussaini and Abdulraouf al-Hussaini, were detained by the Syrian secret service on charges of involvement in a “terrorist network” that allegedly aimed to assassinate the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualim. 

On December 31, 2012, Anas and Abdulraouf disappeared in Damascus. After two weeks of their disappearance, both Kurdish men were shown on the Syrian state TV providing information bout a “terrorist network supported by Turkey” which was allegedly planning to execute a series of assassination operations against some regime officials, including the Syrian President. Since then, families of Anas and Abdulraouf were prevented from seeing them.

Friends and relatives of both detainees emphasized that the information provided on the Syrian TV and the confessions were given under pressure, saying that Anas and Abdulraouf were even neutral regarding the crisis in Syria. 

“They have never participated in any anti-regime activities. They were quite committed to their work and daily life issues,” said a friend of Anas.  

One of Anas’ relatives, who preferred anonymity, told ARA News that his family tried over months of his disappearance to search for the place of his detentions, “but in vain”. 

“We’ve contacted different security branches to know the location of his imprisonment, but no one provided us with any information,” he said. “We have rather been threatened if we ask about him again.” 

Since 2000, Anas has moved with his family to Damascus looking for work opportunity. Activists said that the Syrian regime has intentionally ignored the economic situation in the Kurdish areas to put pressure on Syria’s Kurds to leave their homes and resort to other cities to earn living, which reportedly serve the so-called Arabization of the Kurdish areas in Syria.  

Anas, 29, was working in a cleaning agency responsible for governmental buildings, including the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His relatives said that the Syrian security made up the story they broadcasted about his involvement in assassination plans on his work as a cleanser in the Ministry. 

Abdulraouf, 30, moved to Damascus start of 2012 and was working in a decoration-specialized company before getting arrested and accused for the same issue as Anas. 

Sources said that Abdulraouf was recently seen in the central prison of Adra, in Damascus suburbs. 

“Neither of them underwent any trials since their detention in Dec 2012,” an activist told ARA News

Since the start of the ongoing Syrian crisis, thousands of Syrians were arbitrarily detained, tortured and executed on basis of various charges. Human rights organizations say that the Syrian regime practices different kinds of violations against civilians and civil activists to eliminate the popular uprising which began in March 2011. 

As the worries of their families and friends mount, the destiny of Anas and Abdulraouf remains ambiguous.


Reporting by: Miran Hussain. Contribution: Abdul Ilah Ibrahim

Source: ARA News

(Editing by: Adib Abdulmajid)


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