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Amjad Al-Abbas

Position: Head of Political Security in Banias

Sanctions: European Union (May 9, 2011)

The European Union Sanctioned al-Abbas on May 9, 2011 for his involvement in violence against demonstrators in Baida in April 2011.[1]

During initial pro-democracy protests in Baida in April, pro-Assad gunmen killed at least 5 civilians. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Abbas was identified in one video personally beating a villager.[2]

On April 20, 2011, Reuters reported that President Assad dismissed Abbas in response to those allegations.[3]


[1]The Council of the European Union, “Council Decision 2011/273/CFSP of 9 May 2011 Concerning Restrictive Measures against Syria,” Official Journal of the European Union, October 5, 2011, p. 14. (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2011:121:0011:0014:EN:PDF)

[2]“Syrian Opposition Figure Arrested in Homs,” Al Jazeera, April 20, 2011. (http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2011/04/20114209712147450.html)

[3]Khaled Yacoub Oweis, “Syrian Security Police Chief in Banias Removed,” Reuters, April 20, 2011. (http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/20/us-syria-banias-idUSTRE73J20H20110420)