The Syrian Coalition’s legal committee presented a legal memorandum to the Turkish Foreign Ministry asking for the prosecution of the Assad regime pilot Mohammed Sufhan currently held by the Turkish authorities. Sufhan’s fighter jet crashed on the Turkish side of the border and he parachuted into Turkish territory in early March.
The Coalition says the pilot is involved in carrying out massacres against Syrian civilians as he was on a bombing mission in Idlib province.
The committee presented the memorandum to the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, the minister of justice, and the judicial authorities in Turkey.
Head of the committee Haitham Maleh said that Syria and Turkey have already signed an agreement to extradite those accused of crimes. "We have submitted a lawsuit to the Turkish judicial authorities on the basis of Article 29, paragraph 3 of the agreement."
Maleh pointed out that the Coalition requested that the wreckage of the warplane be kept as evidence against the pilot to build a case against him. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition condemned the terrorist bombings that targeted civilians in Damascus on Wednesday, stressing that the Assad regime and the Iranian-backed militias stand behind these attacks.
In a press release issued on Thursday, the Coalition stressed that the attacks were “part of attempts by the Assad regime to put increasing pressure on the Syrian people, particularly residents of Damascus, by terrorizing them into leaving their homes to replace them with Iranian mercenaries.”
“These attacks are just another tactic employed by the regime to change the demographic landscape in key areas across Syria,” the Coalition added.
“Judges, lawyers, and civilians killed in attacks on the ‘Palace of Justice’ building and a restaurant in central Damascus are among the hundreds of thousands of victims of the Assad regime.”
The Assad regime has an infamous track record of orchestrating terrorist bombings and assassinations of officials and diplomats, most notably the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri back in 2005. Moreover, it is vital to remember that investigations proved the involvement of the Assad regime in the transfer of explosives from Syria to Lebanon through former Lebanese Minister of Information Michel Samaha to carry out terrorist operations in the country. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
In an escalation of violations against the Syrian people, militias of the Union Democratic Party (PYD) have attacked the offices of the Kurdish National Council (KNC) in most towns and villages in northern Syria and the office of Assyrian Organization and forced them to close down.
In a press release issued on Thursday, the Syrian Coalition said that attacks have been launched “under illegal decisions and decrees that were issued by organizations that do not represent the Syrian people nor respect their will. These decisions and decrees are an attempt by the PYD militias to grant legitimacy to their actions through terror and the force of arms.”
“These measures will certainly fail to help the PYD militias gain legitimacy as they excluded all groups and organizations not loyal to the Assad regime in the area,” the Coalition added.
The Coalition went on: “These measures, including most notably a decision to ban all political parties in northern Syria, have exposed the true role being played by these militias which act under orders by the Assad regime. Their repressive practices were targeted against the Syrian people, the revolution and against the Kurdish component, especially against the Kurdish National Council.”
The Assyrian Organization said in a statement that the closure of the Assyrian organization in the city of Hasakah is a “stark attempt to silence peaceful political dissent and civil activity” as the office served as a center for promoting civil peace and charitable activities.
The Organization stressed that these repressive acts risk undermining all efforts to promote stability and protect civil peace and coexistence as well as risk intimidating the Syriac Assyrian component of the Syrian society and the Syrian Christian community in general. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)