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President al-Assad Issues Law on Establishing Court to Look into Terrorism-linked Crimes
President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday issued law No. 22 for 2012 on establishing a court to look into terrorism-linked issues with its headquarters in Damascus.
The law provides for the possibility of establishing more other headquarters when necessary by a decision from the Higher Judicial Council.
The court has jurisdiction over civilian and military personnel.
Minister of Justice Radwan al-Habib said the anti-terrorism law No 19 includes putting appropriate legal rules for the high-risk crimes in a way that achieves a balance between the rights of the citizens to guarantee their freedom and dignity and the right of the state to protect its integrity and preserve its higher interests.
People’s Assembly Approves Draft Law on Establishing Court for Terrorism-linked Crimes
The People’s Assembly on Wednesday approved a draft law on establishing a special court to look into terrorism-linked crimes.
The new law came after the issuance of Terrorism Law No. 19 for 2012 which did not provide for specifying a judicial body to be charged with dealing with the crimes stated in the Law.
During its meeting within its first extraordinary session under the chairmanship of Speaker Mohammad Jihad al-Laham, the People’s Assembly also agreed on its office’s proposal on establishing headquarters for the MPs in the provinces to be able to keep close contact with the citizens and help meet their needs.
These headquarters are to be connected only with the legislative authority and to be secured by means of rental or investment or any other legal means.
The Assembly’s members views the important of establishing such headquarters in terms of keeping communication with the citizens in the members’ province or region especially to make best use of the time when there are no sessions, regular or extraordinary, to be held.
The aim of these headquarters is to ensure place for receiving citizens and listening directly to their complaints and demands, without affecting the Assembly’s members’ tours in all areas to get more acquainted with the citizens’ concerns.
The discussion during the meeting focused on the necessity of having offices affiliated to the Assembly in all the provinces to deepen the members’ field communication with the citizens and reduce the burden of travel on the citizens.
MPs pointed out to the importance of establishing those offices as they come in the framework of developing the work of the legislative institution through organizing periodical meetings with social and economic activities and members of executive authority.
They stressed that the MPs should keep their houses open to citizens to listen to their demands along with the Assembly’s offices.
Other MPs pointed out to the importance of holding a session dedicated to developing the work mechanisms of the Assembly.
The session was adjourned until 12 PM on Tuesday October 2nd, 2012.
Terrorists Suffer Heavy Losses in Aleppo Province and Various Other Areas…Infiltration Attempt Foiled in Homs
Units from the armed forces continued on Wednesday chasing terrorist groups in the city of Aleppo and its countryside.
A source in the province told SANA reporter that the military units inflicted heavy losses among the terrorists, as many of them were killed or arrested, while others handed over their weapons and or fled back towards the Turkish borders.
Authorities on Tuesday pursued and clashed with an armed terrorist group which was assaulting citizens and private and public properties in al-Sakhour neighborhood in Aleppo.
A source at the Province told SANA reporter that the authorities killed large number of the terrorists, among them were Marwan Abdul-Qader Abdullah, Omar Diebo Omar, Adbullah Bin Abdul-Kareem, Mahmoud Murshed Saleh and Ahmad al-Hameed.
The source added that the authorities also arrested several terrorists in al-Marja and al-Nirab areas.
Armed Forces Pursue Terrorists in al-Qdam and al-Assali in Damascus
The Syrian Armed Forces continued to pursue armed terrorist groups in the neighborhoods of al-Qdam and al-Assali in Damascus, engaging the mercenary terrorists and inflicting heavy losses upon them.
The clashes resulted in the killing of a large number of terrorists and the arrest of others.
Authorities Kill Scores of Terrorists in Salma, Lattakia
In Lattakia, authorities clashed with an armed terrorist group that attacked citizens in Ein Abdo and Salma towns in Lattakia Countryside, killing scores of the terrorists.
On a relevant note, the armed forces cleared the villages of Doreen and Khirbet al-Baz near the town of Salma from mercenary terrorists, inflicting heavy losses upon them.
Terrorist Infiltration Attempt from Lebanon Foiled
In Talkalakh in Homs Countryside, border guards foiled an infiltration attempt by terrorist groups which tried to cross to Syria from Lebanon.
A source at the Province said that the border guards managed to foil the attempt, killing several terrorists and forcing the others to flee back to Lebanon.
10 Terrorists Killed, 12 Others Arrested, Large Amount of Weapons Seized in Qamishli
Authorities stormed a terrorist hideout in al-Dhaheriyeh village in the countryside of Qamishli.
A source in the province told SANA reporter that the raid resulted in killing 10 terrorists and arresting 12 others, in addition to seizing a workshop for making explosive devices and large amount of weapons.
The source added that the weapons included 6 Russian rifles, 5 BKC machineguns, RPGs and their launchers, sniper rifles, a grenade box, antipersonnel mines, explosive devices, ammunition, detonators and remote detonators, in addition to seizing three SUV double-cabin pickup vehicles.
The confiscations also included GAS masks, military uniforms, Kuwaiti car license plate, narcotic pills and drugs, money notes and documents that reveal that the terrorist group belongs to al-Qaeda linked Jabhat al-Nusra.
Authorities Pursue defeated terrorists in Dael and al-Yarmouk, Daraa
The competent authorities today pursued an armed terrorist group at Dael in Daraa countryside, inflicting heavy losses among the terrorists and confiscating their weapons. Among the terrorists killed were mercenaries from non-Syrian nationalities. Army units also pursued the defeated terrorists in Wadi al-Yarmouk near Hait town inflicting heavy losses among the terrorists and confiscating their weapons. Among the terrorists killed were mercenaries from non-Syrian nationalities.
Authorities Inflict Heavy Losses on Terrorists in Hama Countryside
Authorities in Hama countryside tracked down an armed terrorist group which attacked citizens and law-enforcement forces in al-Ghab district.
A source in the province told SANA reporter that clashes with the armed terrorist group resulted in inflicting heavy losses on the group and arresting several terrorists.
Authorities Chase down Terrorists in Deir Ezzor
In Deir Ezzor, the authorities continued chasing the armed terrorist groups in al-Ommal neighborhood and al-Halabiyeh roundabout inflicting heavy losses upon their members and seizing their weapons.
A source in the province told SANA reporter that terrorist Fawaz al-Mhawesh, leader of an armed terrorist group in the city, was identified among the dead.
Authorities Raid Two Terrorist Hideouts in Hama Countryside
After receiving tips from locals and tracking terrorist activities, the authorities raided the hideout of an armed terrorist group in the town of al-Ulaylat in Hama countryside, arresting its members and confiscating a large amount of weapons.
A source at the province said that the confiscated weapons include 41 AK-47 rifles, 9 sniper rifles, 3 RPG rounds, and large amounts of ammo and body armor.
On a relevant note, the authorities raided a terrorist hideout in the town of al-Ukairibat in Hama countryside on Tuesday, injuring and killing the terrorists hiding in it.
Syrian Official Delegation Visits Iran, Discusses Bilateral Relations and Means to Develop Them in All Fields
Iranian Vice President Ali Saeedlou and Syrian Deputy Prime Minister for Services Affairs and Local Administration Minister Omar Ghalawanji affirmed the importance of Syrian-Iranian relations and the need to develop them in all fields.
During the first official meeting with members of the Syrian governmental delegation headed by Ghalawanji which is currently visiting Iran, the two sides called for uniting efforts to improve cooperation, denouncing the campaign of misdirection and the terrorism targeting the Syrian people and the country’s public and private establishments.
They also affirmed that Syria will emerge victorious thanks to the wisdom of its leadership, the steadfastness of its people, and the help of its loyal friends across the world.
VP Saeedlou affirmed that Iran supports the Syrian leadership, government and people in their confrontation with the global war waged against them because of their firm stances, support for resistance and refusal to be subjugated by foreign dictates, stressing that Iran is ready to support Syria on all levels.
In turn, Ghalawanji pointed out to the vicious war targeting Syria and its regional role, affirming that Syria’s people and leadership are determined to move forward with reform and combating terrorism.
On a relevant note, Ghalawanji and Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi discussed bilateral relations and issues of mutual interest, affirming the need to work together to deal with the challenges facing the two countries due to the policies of hegemony adopted by western countries towards the region in general and Syria in particular.
For his part, Salehi affirmed his country’s support for Syria in the face of the conspiracy and its support for the reforms undertaken by President Bashar al-Assad, voicing confidence that Syria will emerge from the crisis stronger than ever.
Ghalawanji underlined the scale of political, economic, media and security war against Syria, affirming that pressure and threats will only make the Syrian people more cohesive and determined to continue reforms and fight the terrorism funded and supported by western and regional countries.
He also noted that there are priorities for cooperation between Syria and Iran, specifically in the fields of economy, services, banking and energy.
The Syrian delegation currently visiting Iran includes the Ministers of Health, Electricity, Water Resources, Petroleum and Mineral Resources, and Housing and Urban Development, in addition to the Governor of the Central Bank of Syria, Chairman of the International Planning and Cooperation Agency, Assistant Foreign and Expatriates Minister, among other officials.
Al-Moallem Calls on UN Officials to Commit to Objectivity in Dealing with Situation in Syria
Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem stressed the importance for the UN officials to be objective and precise in dealing with the situation in Syria and holding the armed terrorist groups responsible for hindering efforts to halt violence in Syria.
Meeting the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, and the accompanying delegation on Wednesday, al-Moallem reiterated Syria’s commitment to the plan of the UN Special Envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan and its full cooperation with the UN observer mission.
Al-Moallem underscored the importance of the international community’s support to Annan through obtaining cooperation of regional countries which have influence on the terrorist groups, “those countries which instigate, fund and harbor armed terrorist groups and encourage them to reject political work and not to lay down their arms.”
He said that Syria today is in a state of self-defense of its sovereignty and territorial unity, adding that at the same time Syria’s doors are open to those who want dialogue and the political solution.
The meeting dealt with the situation in Syria since the beginning of implementing Annan’s six-point plan to date and means of overcoming obstacles hindering the implementation of the plan in light of escalating terrorism in some Syrian areas.
Ladsous also met Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Fayssal Mikdad, and discussed with him the results of Annan’s recent visit to Syria and the UN mission’s tasks, with Mikdad stressing Syria’s commitment to protecting the UN observers and making their mission a success.
Lavrov: Russia Hopes to Extend UN Observer Mission after 30-day Mandate Expires in August
Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, expressed hope to prolong the mission of the UN observers in Syria after the 30-day mandate expires in August and that the UN Security Council to increase the number of its members.
In a joint press conference with its Serbian counterpart Vuk Jeremić following their talks in Moscow on Thursday, Lavrov expressed Russia’s readiness to send 30 observers to join the UN observer mission in Syria.
He stressed the need for the observers to work on points of disagreement between the government and the opposition, calling upon all sides to comply with the UN Security Council’s call to ensure the safety of the observers.
The Russian Foreign Minister said that “as long as some countries still support the armed Syrian opposition, establishing humanitarian corridors or what is called security zones in Syria is out of question.” He said that Russia received no information, directly or through the UN Secretariat, on the Arab League’s intention to call for an emergency session of the UN General Assembly to discuss the issue of humanitarian corridors or security zones in Syria.
In turn, Jeremic, who was elected as Chairman of the UN General Assembly, said that he doubted the need to implement such procedures in Syria, adding that Serbia, from its own experience, knows that such steps are not always useful.
Haidar: Ministry Is Ready to Help in Solving Obstacles Hindering the UN Observer Mission’s Work
Minister of State for National Reconciliation Affairs, Ali Haidar, stressed the Ministry’s readiness to contribute to solving all obstacles hindering the UN supervision mission’s work so that they would have an active role to act upon their sincere intentions to halt violence and hold all the parties involved in the violence on the ground accountable.
Haidar was speaking to the journalists after his meeting with the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Herve Ladsous, head of the UN supervision mission in Syria, Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye.
The meeting dealt with the prospects of the political process required to achieve real national reconciliation in Syria.
Haidar said that he suggested during the discussion a previously presented proposal which is to include 10000 highly-qualified Syrian volunteers in the UN mission’s field work so as for the mission to affirm its seriousness and good intentions.
He wondered about the reason of sending a monitoring team to Syria without adopting its reports at the UN Security Council, adding that had the reports of the former head of the UN observer mission, General Robert Mood, been adopted, there would have been an entirely different international position.
Minister Haidar said that if the UN Security Council had a real desire to achieve the interests of the Syrian people and if it was professional and neutral, it should give the mission its real role and refrain from adopting reports submitted by unknown people or by media that are part of the war on Syria with the aim of giving the precedence for these countries’ viewpoints and take the UN Security Council away from the interests of the Syrian people.
He stressed that halting the violence and moving towards a political process is a Syrian will in the first place, adding that the Syrians agreed on Annan’s plan as he expressed an international will that came in line with their will to get the homeland out of the crisis.
He indicated the importance of providing all requirements to make a success of the project of shifting to a political process that serves Syria’s interest, stressing that the most important of which is to halt violence.
Foreign Ministry: Ambassador al-Dabbagh Was off Duty in Abu Dhabi since June 4th
Foreign and Expatriates Ministry stressed that Syria’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abdullatif al-Dabbagh, has been off duty in Abu Dhabi since June 4th and Lamia al-Hariri has never held the title of Ambassador to Cyprus.
The Ministry referred in a statement on Thursday to media reports over the past two days in relation to employees at the Ministry who chose to leave their posts at diplomatic missions and head to an Arab country which has undertaken funding and encouraging these types of employees to defect from their homeland in return for offers that have become known to all and been rejected before by many inside and outside the Ministry.
The statement clarified that Abdullatif al-Dabbagh is Syria’s Ambassador to the UAE who is currently under review in Damascus upon the Ministry’s request for consultation and has been off duty in Abu Dhabi since June 4th.
The statement added that Lamia al-Hariri has never held the title of Syria’s Ambassador as she is a diplomat working at the Syrian Embassy in Cyprus and assigned with managing the Embassy’s affairs until an ambassador or charge d’affaires is appointed.
The Ministry’s statement also clarified that Mohammad Tahsin al-Faqir does not hold any diplomatic title as he is an administrative employee at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry and works at the Syrian Embassy in Oman.
It added that al-Faqir’s mission at the Embassy was terminated by law no. 129 issued on May 21, 2012 and he is now waiting for retirement within a month, noting that al-Faqir does not hold any security status.
The Foreign Ministry said in its statement that it has taken the legal, behavioral and diplomatic measures towards the mentioned employees, stressing that all the embassies concerned are working uniformly and unremittingly to serve the Syrian nationals in the countries concerned.