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42 judges file lawsuit against civilian accusing them of corruption

Editing: Obaida Al Nabwani |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
Publication date: 2018/12/23 12:37

Al-Suwayda - SMART

On Sunday, 42 Syrian government judges filed a lawsuit against the citizen Yahiya Abu Raed from the al-Suwayda governorate in Southern Syria, after he accused judicial authorities of corruption. The judges filed the lawsuit in a meeting between people from al-Suwayda and Syrian government officials.

Well-informed sources reported that the judges accused Abu Raed of defamation and undermining the reputation of the state after he directly accused the Syrian government judiciary of accepting bribes and distorting facts. Abu Raed also accused the Syrian government security services of involvement in kidnappings.

Activists circulated a video showing Abu Raed speaking during a meeting  between Syrian government officials and dignitaries from al-Suwayda in the cultural center in the city two weeks ago.

During the video, Abu Raed criticized the corruption of the Syrian government judicial authorities. Abu Raed said that a security official in al-Suwayda asked him to kidnap people so that the Syrian government could imprison them, in an accusation against the Syrian government of involvement in kidnappings.

Assassinations and kidnappings for ransoms are frequent in al-Suwayda, which is controlled by the Syrian government forces and local armed factions. Residents criticize the Syrian government forces of overlooking the local armed factions' bad practices.