Two Syrian Kurdish leaders to be tried in state security court
Two Syrian Kurdish leaders are due to be tried before the state security court in the capital of Damascus for staging a sit-in outside the nation's parliament, one of their lawyers said on Sunday.
Marwan Osman and Hassan Saleh are facing trial on charges of having provoked inter-confessional strife with their December 10 rally for Kurdish rights, their lawyer Anwar Bunni said in a statement.
The security court trial, whose verdict cannot be appealed, "is a step backwards" based on the emergency laws in force in Syria, Bunni said, cited by AFP.
"Lawyers have asked for Osman and Saleh to be deferred to a normal court. They have stressed that the accused are members of the political bureau of the Yakiti party that works in public and in the absence of a law on parties," he added.
The two were arrested in mid-December in the interior ministry where they were to meet Interior Minister Ali Hammud, according to a local rights group, the Syrian Committee for the Defense of Human Rights. (Albawaba.com)
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