Syria arrests Kurdish activist and German national

Other News Materials 16 January 2008 16:16 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - Syrian authorities arrested a Kurdish political activist and a German national of Kurdish origin in two separate incidents without arrest warrants, a Syrian National Organization for Human Rights (NOHR) said Thursday.

Syrian security police raided on Monday the home of Joan Shamsud Din in Hassakeh, 750 kilometres north-east of Damascus, arrested him and seized his computer and other belongings without an arrest warrant, the NOHR said in a statement.

Shamsud is a former political prisoner, who was jailed for alleged links with a Kurdish group.

In a separate incident, a German national of Kurdish origin, Izzidin Muhammad Hussein, was arrested on Saturday upon his arrival at Damascus airport from Germany where he has been living for the last nine years, the statement said.

The organization criticized the arrests as "constitutionally illegal" since they took place without a legal warrant.

Detentions without reason and arrest warrant are allowed under emergency law, which has been in force since the ruling Baath Party took over power in 1963.