SOHR calls upon the Iraqi government to reveal the destiny of 3 Syrians arrested and accused of belonging to ISIS • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

SOHR calls upon the Iraqi government to reveal the destiny of 3 Syrians arrested and accused of belonging to ISIS

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights was informed by reliable sources that the Iraqi authorities have arrested 3 Syrian citizens from Ain Al-Arab city (Kobani), where they took refuge at Kurdistan Region of Iraq because of the dangerous situations in Syria.

Reliable sources said that the 3 persons are: Idrees Mohammed Qul Aghasi, Shahin Mohammed Qul Aghasi, Mohammed Hussein Qul Aghasi, where connections with them were cut off on the 9th of August 2017, while they were returning from Mosul -where they work- to their house in Taqtaq area in Erbil province, and 45 days later, their relatives have received a phone call by (Shahin) in which he told them that they were arrested by the Iraqi Army at a checkpoint in Mosul and that they were taken to the prison of Muthanna Airbase.

According to the sources; “Shahin” confirmed that “the men came under torture and faced accusations of being members of the “Islamic State” organization, where they have been forced at gunpoint to leave a fingerprint on a paper they do not know its content, as they are illiterate and do not know how to read or write, and threatened to be killed if they refused to stamp that paper.

“After 2 months, a lawyer has been assigned and visited them, and 2 months later, on the 17th of December 2017, they were brought to court, and had been sentenced to life imprisonment, the lawyer said the indictees have been literally abandoned” added the sources.

According to information obtained by SOHR; the 3 persons used to work on artesian excavators to earn their living, after ISIS attacked Ain Al-Arab city, so they fled the city to Turkey then they entered the Iraqi territory in Kurdistan Region of Iraq via Ibrahim Khalil crossing point.

According to the information obtained by SOHR, we in the Syrian Observatory call upon the Iraqi government to reveal the circumstances of arresting these 3 persons and how they came under these accusations, we also call upon the government of Kurdistan Region of Iraq to assume its responsibility towards the refugees and to defend their rights according to the international laws, as it has opened its doors to accommodate these refugees.