Three-Year Sentence for Tariq Baiasi

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The State Security Court in Damascus has sentenced Tariq to three years after lessening it from six years to three years (originally, Tariq received three years for each of the following charges):

1- Dwindling the national feeling.

2-Weakening the national ethos.

The militarily security arrested Tariq on 7-7-2007 for leaving a comment on websites considered “suspicious” by the Syrian government.

Since Tariq’s family and their lawyer were reluctant to comment on the State’s verdict, we wish that the human rights’ NGOs uncover details about this news.

Meanwhile, we put in your hands the following report published on 23-2-2008 by Sawasiya which briefly talks about Tariq’s case:

Syrian Human Rights Organization (Sawasiya):

On 18-2-2008 the Supreme State Security Court had interrogated Tariq Biasi (1984) who was arrested on 7-7-2007 after charging him with “dwindling the national feeling” and “weakening the national ethos” based on Articles 286-285.

Tariq who was arrested because of a comment left on websites considered “suspicious” by the Syrian government, denied leaving the comment and stated that he saw it only after his arrest. He also asserted that the land line, through which the website was accessed, is not his but for a doctor (there are seven branches for this line and while all of them are used, one of them is used for an internet café).

Tariq explained that he works in computer business and he has nothing to do with politics or anything of the like. His trial was adjourned till 17-3-2008 for the Attorney General to state its demands.

Damascus 23-2-2008

The Syrian bloggers continue to call for freedom to fellow blogger Tariq Baiassi.

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5 thoughts on “Three-Year Sentence for Tariq Baiasi

  1. yaser says:

    this is very unfortunate ,but for the rest of us Syrian bloggers we will continue in our quest for feedom and liberty using our free word .

  2. Amira says:

    Eih ya Razan?!?! You should have joined the discussion on my post rather than just saying such to Olching. I’m interested to hear your perspective on the matter as well. Akeed you have a different take on things being a Muslim woman in Syria/ Lebanon

  3. Razan says:

    Hey Amira,
    as a non-muslim woman coming from a muslim family in a muslim society, i disagree with most of what you said in your post, if not all of it :)
    i have a lot of things to say about religion, society and women in this region, and it differs from how others look at it from Europe. when the time comes and i write something i’ll let you known shalla. plus, the commenter did say some of the thoughts i had in mind.

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