Monday, November 15, 2010

Syria: Kurdish attorney sentences to two and a half years imprisonment

14 November 2010

A Kurdish attorney was sentenced to two and a half years of imprisonment for his published articles.

Mustafa Ismail, a Kurdish attorney and writer stand against a military court on November 7. The court sentenced him to seven years imprisonment but reduced it to two and a half years due to mitigating circumstances.

He was convicted of Article 267 in Penal Code which says: Any Syrian who acts, speaks, writes texts or undertakes or tries to undertake similar actions with the purpose of partitioning off a portion of Syrian territory in order to annex it to a foreign state or to provide a foreign state with rights to which the Syrian state alone is entitled, will be punished with a sentence of no less than five years in prison.