A video of a Syrian man being beaten by local police in the Aley town of Aramoun circulated in local media Sunday, with the mayor saying the man was suspected of belonging to Daesh (ISIS).
Speaking to local TV station Al Jadeed, Aramoun Mayor Fadil al-Jawhari confirmed the veracity of the video, in which municipal police can be seen repeatedly slapping the man and pulling on his beard.
“I am against anyone being beaten, but it’s possible he was slapped two or three times in the face,” Jawhari said in the televised segment.
According to Jawhari, at around 10:30 p.m., on an unspecified day, night patrols found the man standing near a public school’s playground, in an area that connects Aramoun, Aley and Qabr Shmoun.
Local police thought the man looked suspicious due to “his beard and the state he was in” and asked him for his papers. The man did not have an identity card with him, so police took him in for interrogation. Jawhari said police found pictures of the man posing with a rifle on his phone, and accused the man of belonging to Daesh.
Some 30 minutes after the interrogation, police reported the incident to the ISF’s Information Branch in Aley, Jawhari said.
After the suspect was handed over, Jawhari claimed he was told that the suspect was indeed a Daesh member, but he added that the case was now in the “hands of the respective authorities,” who would investigate the allegations.
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