Confusion over Assad’s Amnesty offer

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A woman with her children flee from a site hit by what activists said was a vacuum bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in the Tariq al-Bab neighbourhood of Aleppo June 8, 2014. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hebbo
A woman with her children flee from a site hit by what activists said was a vacuum bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, in the Tariq al-Bab neighbourhood of Aleppo June 8, 2014. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hebbo
Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday announced a “general amnesty” for all crimes committed to date, state television said, but the fact that no details were provided created a lot of confusion .

The TV station cited Justice Minister Najem al-Ahmad as saying the decree was issued in the context of “social forgiveness, national cohesion calls for coexistence, as the army secures several military victories.”

But the announcement left people guessing since it was not immediately clear who would be included in the amnesty.

According to Human Rights groups the Syrian government is holding tens of thousands of prisoners in jails where torture and other abuses are systematic.

Since the start of anti-Assad uprising in March 2011, the regime has branded all dissidents — nonviolent and later armed — as “terrorists,” jailing thousands arbitrarily, according to human rights organizations.

A report by the state-run SANA news agency suggested the amnesty offer would reduce prisoners’ sentences without freeing them.

Government officials could not be immediately reached to explain the decision, according to media report.

Another Somalia
Yesterday veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi, who resigned last week predicted Syria could become a “failed state” similar to Somalia. The former UN envoy to the country also predicte that the conflict would “blow up” and spread beyond Syria’s borders.

Brahimi made the comments in an interview with German newspaper Der Spiegel in one of his first interviews since stepping down.

“It will be become another Somalia,” he warned. “It will not be divided, as many have predicted. It’s going to be a failed state, with warlords all over the place.”

He criticised Iran and Russia for supporting the Syrian government.

Brahimi, who stepped down at the end of May after the failure of peace talks in Geneva, said he had presented Assad with a list of prisoners whose release the opposition have demanded.

“He knows that there are 50,000 to 100,000 people in his jails and that some of them are tortured every day,” Brahimi told Der Spiegel.

Killing continues
Meanwhile the war continues and more killings have been reported.

Yesterday a couple and their four children, the youngest just six months old, were killed in Syrian army air raids in the northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group said.

“An entire family was wiped out in air raids in Tal Rifaat in the north of Aleppo province,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
“The parents and their children, aged 10, six, two and six months, were all killed,” in the strikes targeting the rebel-held town.

” Bashar Assad says he wants to kill terrorists. Is a six-month-old baby a terrorist?” asked Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

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20 responses to “Confusion over Assad’s Amnesty offer”

  1. The real lebanese Avatar
    The real lebanese

    I bet he wont release the ones who are permanently marked or have become mentally unstable. That will be a nightmare on the news for him.

    1. arzatna1 Avatar
      arzatna1

      I have a feeling this is a PR job like the previous amnesty offers, specially since the details are sketchy at best . What do you think?

      1. The real lebanese Avatar
        The real lebanese

        PR? I think its to give him a better name. I doubt hell release anybody and if he does it will probably be a couple woman and children who haven’t been raped or tortured yet.

        1. Anybody who took up arms againt their country should not be let free. They should be taught a leason and used as an example for anybody else who attempts such stupidity for a bit of blood money. I bet HA are having a lot of fun with them.

          1. The real lebanese Avatar
            The real lebanese

            So those who took up arms against the Taliban in Afghanistan need to be taught a lesson? Or what about those who took up arms against dictatorships in Latin America? And the way you use the word ‘fun’ is sickening. What Hafez did to Lebanon Bashar is doing to Syria.

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Yah. If he wants to go way back, consider the begining of the USA. 😉
            And they enshrined the ‘right’ forever after to have arms in every pocket. :-)))
            But now there’s the arms-boys in the Ukraine – who think they are Russians.
            I’d guess there’s a LOT Bashar and Nasty want to ’round up’.

  2. wargame1 Avatar
    wargame1

    The Syrian rebel should give the Amnesty offer to Assad ,Nasrullah and other thugs. Assad Iran and Hezbushaitan’s time is ticking. Two more years will make Assad run out of Tank.

    1. Now it’s two more years. Last I checked you said a matter of months. You and terrorist brothers are feeling the pitch hey wargame. Accept the fact you have lost.

      1. The real lebanese Avatar
        The real lebanese

        We lost? I mean if you call controlling the little slither of west Syria a win, congrats.

      2. wargame1 Avatar
        wargame1

        I never said its a matter of months. According to Islamic prophesy its a very long war where Assad is insignificant if we compare to the future war. Assad will be history and his Alawites will die much and will run away from Syria. Jesus(Peace be upon him) will descend in the Grand Mosque in Damascus. I wrote a very short summery on this matter once. Syria will be conquered by the guided Muslim leader Al-Mahdi i.e. A descendant from the prophet of Islam. From the very beginning I argued many times that its a very very long war. I think you are losing patience because you thought this war would be over in matter of months with all the military might of Hezbushaitan Iran and the Assad regime. It didnt happen. Now the latest Russian move in Ukrain will force NATO to reconcile with the Taliban in order to punish Russia. I can tell you the prophesy on attacking Iran Russia Iraq etc. You can expect a Roman invasion on Egypt through Alexandria i.e. Battle of Alexandria. After this battle the Roman and the Muslims will jointly attack Iran Iraq Russia etc. But the Roman will break the truce and attack the Muslims and invade ALL Syria except Damascus and Mataq mountain near Homs. We have detailed prophesy regarding this. I have been monitoring the situation. Next year Ramadan you may expect a Asteroid falling on Syria near the Euphrates River and some strong Solar flare . I will present the prophesy first and explain according to my understanding in the near future.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          I eagerly await that asteroid. If you’re right, I promise to drink a toast to you.
          :-))

        2. IraniAngel Avatar
          IraniAngel

          i donno whats gonna happen by the time of ramadan next year but what i do know is that haifa wehbe is staring a show this ramadan called kalam 3la wara2 which im deffo gonna watch.

    2. Shirdel2142 Avatar
      Shirdel2142

      The point is there is no good guys in this war,both sides are to blame,one side drops barrel bombs and the other rams cars and trucks with bombs inside it to peoples houses so both sides are blood thirsty and violent,and with iraq and lebanon following suit in the blood bath the conflict is spreading to the whole middle east,i just hope iraq and lebanon can contain the violence because if not it will drag the whole regain down with it,syria is a lost cause i think.

      1. wargame1 Avatar
        wargame1

        If you go through the first and the second world war then you would find frustrating in the beginning of the war.Its a clash of civilization and it happened in the past and its happening now. Through this conflict the good bad and the ugly will be sorted out. Armed Resistance against oppression is not a crime. But armed struggle for power money and authority is indeed a crime. There are many parties in Syria who are fighting for money power and authority beside Assad Iran and Hezbushaitan. All these parties will be destroyed in the end and the righteous party will emerge with the help of Allah. In this war the Ugly Al-Qaeda/Khawarij are gathered in the battle field because their time is up.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          Can we have nude beaches after that ??

        2. IraniAngel Avatar
          IraniAngel

          enough wid ur allah! he seems to be the one who cud care less about anyone let alone u virgin hunters as u get ur arses kicked in syria n all around the world

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Got a point there, Irani. If there was a God Creationist, he sure took a long holiday after making a big bang in a void – especially considering the ones pumping out the most prayers also suffer the most.
            Oh .. I forgot … they don’t pray … they praise. 😉

          2. IraniAngel Avatar
            IraniAngel

            he is lazy n now he looks at us from heaven bitterly regretting what he has created especially considering wargame n his like

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Certainly dragging Lebanon into that ‘failed state’ category. If it isn’t already there.

  4. AkhouManUki Avatar
    AkhouManUki

    Terrorist: So you’re offering amnesty?

    Assad: Yes! Just turn yourself in, and we will decide whether or not to kill and/or torture you.

    Terrorist: That sounds like a trap.

    Assad: Trust me! 88.7% of Syrians couldn’t be wrong. I’m sexy and I know it.

    Terrorist: The election was fake, who are you kidding? This makes no sense.

    Assad: Not sure why you terrorists are confused, it’s really simple.

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