Syrian court convicts Kurdish activists

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United Press International
Damascus, Syria, Aug. 29 (UPI)
-- Kurdish sources said Sunday a Syrian court has sentenced two Kurdish activists to three years in prison for involvement in riots in northern Syria.

Hassan Saleh of the Kurdish Yekiti Party told United Press International the State Security Court handed down the sentences in Damascus for party members Farhat Abdul Rahman and Ibrahim Naasan after dropping the sentences from five years.

The Yekiti Party is a leftist group active in Kurdish rights and is one of 12 Kurdish parties that are not legal, but are allowed to be active in Syria.

Saleh said 150 Syrian Kurds were arrested following riots and clashes between Kurds and Arabs in northern Syria and other parts of the country last March.

He said protesters demonstrated in front of the court demanding the cancellation of special courts and the freedom of Kurdish prisoners and other prisoners of conscience in Syria.

Rahman and Naasan were convicted of belonging to an illegal group and of "attempting to break away part of Syrian territories to give to a foreign party."

Source: UPI

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