Ghassan Mustafa Ma’lul and Ahmad Mustafa Ma’lul are at serious risk of torture in Syria.

9 May 2012

Brothers Ghassan Mostafa Ma’alul and Ahmad Mostafa Ma’alul were arrested on 20 November 2011 and have been held in incommunicado detention since.

 According to a source in Syria, after their arrest they were taken to the Political Security branch in Idlib. When the family attempted to bring them clothes, a member of the security forces confirmed that both men were being held there but were not allowed visits and the family was not allowed to leave anything for them. The same source told Amnesty International that the men were not allowed to see a lawyer.

According to released detainees, both men were moved to a Political Security branch in the capital, Damascus, in early April 2012 and returned to the same branch in Idlib on 18 April. One person detained with the brothers in Idlib claimed that both were tortured repeatedly prior to being moved to Damascus.

The authorities have not advised the family of the reason for their arrest, but on 13 April, both men appeared on a government-run Syrian TV station “confessing” to being part of a group that killed two men in exchange for money on 2 October 2011. They also “confessed” to other criminal activities including arson. The family does not believe the brothers were involved in these crimes. In an earlier public “confession” on the same TV station, in December 2011, another detainee stated that he had heard a different person claiming to have killed, with the help of a relative, the same two men.

Please write immediately in Arabic, English, French or your own language:

* Expressing concern that Ghassan Mustafa Ma’lul and Ahmad Mostafa Ma’lul have been detained incommunicado since 20 November 2011 and urging the authorities to ensure that they are provided with all necessary medical care, protected from torture and other ill-treatment and given immediate access to their families and lawyer of their choice;

* Asking for clarification of Ghassan Mustafa Ma’lul and Ahmad Mustafa Ma’lul’s legal status;

* Calling on the authorities to set up a prompt, independent and impartial investigation into the reports of torture or other ill-treatment of both men and to bring anyone responsible for abuses to justice.

* Ensure that no statements obtained as a result of torture or other ill-treatment are used as evidence in trial proceedings, except as evidence against a person accused of torture or other ill-treatment;


Bashar al-Assad 
Presidential Palace, al-Rashid Street 
Syrian Arab Republic 
Fax:               00 963 11 332 3410 (keep trying)
Salutation:  Your Excellency

Minister of Interior
His Excellency Major General Mohamad Ibrahim al-Shaar,
Ministry of Interior,
‘Abd al-Rahman Shahbandar Street
Syrian Arab Republic
Fax:               00 963 11 211 9578 (keep trying)
Salutation:  Your Excellency

Minister of Foreign Affairs
Walid al-Mu’allim 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
al-Rashid Street
Syrian Arab Republic 
Fax:               00 963 11 214 6253 (keep trying)
Salutation:  Your Excellency

Also send copies to:

Mr Ghassan Dalla
Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic
8 Belgrave Square,
London SW1X 8PH,
United Kingdom
Telephone:   00 44 207 245 9012
Faxes:           00 44 207 235 4621

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UA code: 126/12

Index: MDE 15/010/2012 

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