Sulaymani protest leader abducted and tortured

Report from Lvinpress:

Armed men last night abducted and tortured one of the leaders of the protest movement in Sulaymani.

28-year old Ismail Abdulla was a regular speaker at the rallies in Azadi Square during 62 days of protest.  He was a key member of the Azadi Square council and became a symbol of a peaceful uprising. After PUK forces violently occupied the Square on 19 April, Ismail and many his colleagues went into hiding and he was communicating with friends through Facebook.

Last night militia men seized Ismail and subjected him to three hours of beating and stabbing before dumping him on the outskirts of the city.

Ismail managed to contact a relative who took him to hospital. He was discharged from hospital today and told local Lvinpress that he holds PUK forces responsible for the attack. He has been threatened previously by phone calls and text messages.

This development is surprising given the two ruling parties’ request for meetings and dialogue with the opposition.

Amnesty International has been contacted and asked to investigate the case.

2 Responses to Sulaymani protest leader abducted and tortured
  1. Ali
    May 27, 2011 | 17:03

    The abuses file of the tribal government in kurdistan gets thicker and thicker.

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    May 31, 2011 | 14:52

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