SHRC has learnt from an informed source that the Syrian Security has re-arrested Mr. Baha’ Mustafa Jughl (1976) at his home in Damascus, around 10pm on the 24/12/2005. He was arrested by a patrol of the Syrian Intelligence consisting of eight elements. Nobody knows to where he was taken.
Baha’ Mustafa Jughl was detained in the period between May 2001 and February 2005 in the Palestine Branch for Military Interrogation and then in Sednaya Prison. This happened at the time when the Pakistani authorities decided to deport all Arab residents in Pakistan, and they handed Baha’ over to the Syrian authorities. He was released from the Syrian prisons around eleven months ago, last February.
SHRC had previously called for the release of Baha’ Mustafa Jughl on the 11/02/2004, as the interrogations in Pakistan had proved he was innocent from any crimes, and due to his ill health.
SHRC condemns the re-arrest of Baha’ Mustafa Jughl and requests for his immediate release, and that the Syrian authorities put an end to re-arresting the previous victims of detention and torture in the Syrian prisons.
SHRC also reasserts the fact that a considerable number of those who were released from prison due to presidential amnesty have been re-arrested. This is a clear sign of the insistence of the Syrian authorities to continue their practice of arbitrary arrests despite the useless presidential amnesties.
Syrian Human Rights Committee