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Family in al-Hasakah recognizes son among Caesar's leaked pictures of victims

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Editing: Hazem Halak |
Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2020/06/28 12:40

Al-Hasakah - SMART

A family of the city of Amuda, 70 kilometers north of the city of al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria, recognized their detained son, Muhammad Rasho, among Caesar's leaked pictures of victims. Caesar used to work as a military photographer before he defected the Syrian government forces.

On Sunday, the brother of the detainee, Dibo Rasho, reported to SMART, that they found the image of Muhammad while reviewing pictures of detainees who were tortured to death the Syrian government forces and security forces prisons, mentioning that the family had no news of Muhammad’s fate since his disappearance in the Ghazal neighborhood in Damascus, in 2013.

Dibo added that during the past years they tried to know the fate of Mohammed via mediations in the security services of the Syrian government, without success, noting that the last appearance of his brother was with his boarding in a closed bus to get out of the neighborhood before the start of clashes between the Syrian government forces and the Free Syrian Army.

Dibo also said that his brother did not affiliated with any political or military party, mentioning that the family owns a construction material factory in Ghazal neighborhood, where Muhammad lived.

On June 22, 2020, a 60-year-old man from the village of Ram Hamdan, 10 kilometers north of the city of Idlib, Northern Syria, died while reviewing pictures of detainees who were tortured to death in the Syrian government forces’ prisons.

Caesar, who used to work as a photographer for the Syrian government military security, leaked more than 50,000 pictures of detainees who were tortured to death in the Syrian government prisons; many families recognized their sons among the pictures. In mid Dec. 2015, the Human Rights Watch confirmed that these pictures are a distinctive evidence of the Syrian government’s crimes against humanity.

On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, the USA imposed economic sanctions on 39 Syrian entities under the Caesar Act, including Bashar Al-Assad, the Syrian government president and his wife.