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... Abdul Raouf played an active role and raised with the Syrian authorities the cases of individual political detainees. He urged the authorities to abide by Syrian law and to charge or try persons accused of offenses or to release them.
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... At first, the 21 were assured that they would be promptly released, but an assassination attempt on President Assad's life in June 1980 changed the situation. The assassination attempt, by members of the Presidential Guard, was blamed by the President on the Moslem Brotherhood, but government retaliation was felt everywhere.
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... The soles of Haddad's feet were entirely cut open as a result of torture and skin had to be taken from his legs to be grafted onto his feet.10 Another engineer 10 It is reported that Samir Haddad nearly died in detention, having suffered kidney failure. He was subsequently released in the December 1991 amnesty.
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... During their first year, however, they were moved around to various interrogation centers and then placed in "the 11 Other sources put the total killed in the June massacre at more than 1,000. According to documented reports, about 80 heavily armed special forces entered Tadmur Prison on June 27, opened cell doors, and machine-gunned prisoners; see Collello (1988:269)
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... In later years, at 'Adra, this was not allowed; bars separated prisoners from their visiting family members, but the prisoners and their families were sometimes left alone by the guards. Members of the association group also were given access to their own personal physicians, although they were sometimes treated by detained medical doctors, who helped other inmates when they were sick.13 Like other political detainees, however, those in the association group were not allowed to receive or send mail, although some letters did get through secretly.

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