The Syrian Regime Acknowledges the Death of College Student Abdullah Mazen al Su’oud Who Was Forcibly Disappeared at the Regime’s Hands

Jamal Mas’oud Sweis

The Syrian Network for Human Rights has notified the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions of the case of the college student, Abdullah Mazen al Su’oud, from Ma’aret al Numan city in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate, born in 1989, who was arrested on February 21, 2012, by Syrian Regime forces while he was passing through a checkpoint known as “Al Ahram Gas Station Checkpoint” on the Damascus-Aleppo International Road. He was seen in March 2014, in Sydnaya Military Prison, in the section known as the ‘red building’, in Damascus Suburbs governorate. On April 7, 2019, his family received his death certificate following a visit to the civil registry department in Hama city by a close friend of theirs. According to the death certificate, he died on April 15, 2014
As is the norm in all such cases, Syrian authorities have not confessed to killing Abdullah, and registered his death at the civil register without the knowledge of his family, while his family has been unable to submit any complaint about his death for fear of being persecuted by the regime security services for doing so, because of their presence in an area under the control of Syrian Regime forces.

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