Al-Assad-Makhlouf rift | Regime security services release most of employees working for Rami Makhlouf and affiliated officers and members
Reliable SOHR sources have confirmed that regime security services have released most of the individuals arrested during the recent security campaign which started in late April 2020, including officers, regime soldiers, managers, employees, technicians and fighters working for businesses and associations belonging to Rami Makhlouf.
According to SOHR sources, regime security services released 185 persons in the past 48 hours, while 12 others (nine employees and three officers and soldiers) remained imprisoned. The released individuals are as follows:
- Regime officers and soldiers: 58
- Employees working for Rami Makhlouf: 98
- Ex-fighters in the military wing of “Al-Bostan Association”: 57
- Other employees, managers, and technicians: 41
It is worth noting that this release comes as a time when tens of thousands of anti-regime activists and oppositionists are still detained in regime intelligence services’ prisons.
In August, SOHR sources reported that the large-scale campaign by regime intelligence service continued, targeting regime officers and soldiers, as well as employees and other individuals working for businesses and associations belonging to Rami Makhlouf, the cousin of Syrian regime president Bashar al-Assad.
SOHR activists confirmed that 39 regime officers and soldiers were arrested in the past few days and weeks, along with the release of 15 others of those previously arrested. The regime’s intelligence service also arrested 22 former fighters in “Al-Bostan Association”.
According to SOHR statistics, regime security services arrested at least 90 regime officers and soldiers since the start of the security campaign in mid-July, of whom eight were released. These officers and soldiers were arrested for “dealing with foreign bodies and embezzling state funds”, 29 of whom were released.
Accordingly, the number of managers, employees, technicians and ex-fighters in businesses and associations belonging to Rami Makhlouf, who were arrested since the start of the recent security campaign in late April 2020 has risen to nearly 107. They were arrested in Damascus, Aleppo, Homs, Latakia and Tartus.