Accused of “spying for Turkish intelligence” | 13 people sentenced to death by SDF-backed court in Al-Raqqah city • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
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Accused of “spying for Turkish intelligence” | 13 people sentenced to death by SDF-backed court in Al-Raqqah city

Reliable sources have informed SOHR that SDF-held city of Al-Raqqah , the former de-facto capital of the “Caliphate State,” witnessed the trial of 15 people accused of “spying for Turkish intelligence.” It is worth noting that a large number of families of civilians and combatants, who had been killed in the latest Turkish ground and aerial attacks, attended the closed trial which was held on Sunday, September 11, 2022.

 

According to SOHR sources, the indictees pleaded guilty to providing the Turkish intelligence with coordinates of the whereabouts of military figures and commanders of the “Autonomous Administration” and “Syria Democratic Forces” with the aim of attacking them by Turkish forces. The indictees also told off details about their communications with the Turkish intelligence.

 

The indictees, who have been arrested recently, included a man and his wife from Afrin canton and a woman from Idlib. According to SOHR sources, one of the indictees confessed that he reached a deal with the Turkish intelligence a few weeks ago, according to which he would take 50,000 USD in return for providing the Turks with coordinates of the whereabouts of a senior commander in Ain Al-Arab (Kobani). The indictee added that he received 200 USD before the attack, but the Turkish intelligence sent nothing after the attack.

 

Accordingly, the court imposed death penalty on 13 of indictees who had confessed to spying for the Turkish intelligence. Meanwhile, the remaining two indictees have not been sentenced so far, as there is no enough evidence against them, although they had confessed to spying for the Turkish intelligence.

 

During the trial, the families of victims attempted to attack the indictees.

 

Sources has suggested that the death penalty was executed yesterday. However, SOHR was unable to verify if the penalty was executed or not.

 

On September 10, SOHR sources reported that the Autonomous Administration’s intelligence continued to detain nearly 90 civilians in SDF-held areas following Turkish attacks which was carried in July and August. According to SOHR sources, among the detainees, there were administrators of civil councils. Those civilians were arrested on charge of “dealing with Turkish forces and the National Army, and giving coordinates of the whereabouts of the attacked people.

 

The detainees’ families accused the intelligence service of “forcing the detainees to confess to crimes they did not committed, and that the detainees were tortured brutally by ‘extremist’ members following Turkish attacks on SDF commanders and senior officials.