المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Large-scale security campaign | Intelligence service arrests 15 regime officers and officials for “dealing with foreign bodies and embezzling state funds”

As regime intelligence service continues its new security campaign which target regime officers and officials, reliable sources have told the Syrian Observatory that the regime’s security services arrested over 15 regime officials and officers with various ranks, in the capital Damascus and its countryside in the past few hours and days.

 

These officers and officials have been arrested for “dealing with foreign bodies and embezzling state funds”, while this campaign comes a few weeks after a similar one which has targeted employees working for Rami Makhlouf, the cousin of Syrian regime president Bashar al-Assad.

 

SOHR sources reported previously that regime intelligence services continued their campaign on business, institutions and foundations owned by Rami Makhlouf, the cousin of Syrian regime president Bashar al-Assad.

 

Nearly 12 ex-fighters of “Al-Bostan Association” were arrested in raids by regime intelligence services escorted with Russian forces. The recent campaign was mainly concentrated in Latakia. The recently arrested former fighters threatened to “spread chaos if something bad happened to Makhlouf”.

 

Accordingly, the number of managers, employees and technicians in businesses and associations belonging to Rami Makhlouf, who have been arrested since the start of the recent security campaign in late April 2020 rose to nearly 71 (40 of Syriatel Company and 31 of Al-Bostan Association). They were arrested in Damascus, Aleppo, Homs, Latakia and Tartus. According to SOHR sources, some of employees were released after being questioned.

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