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UK accused of involvement in Syrian arrest of British man and woman

May 10th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Politics

This is incendiary. A British politician says he has been told that the British Secret Service was involved in the arrest in Syria of two UK citizens.

Maryam Kallis and a British man – Yasser Ahmed – were arrested two months ago in Damascus.

Already, there have been accusations that Britain has not been doing enough to get Kallis released. Now, it appears Britain wanted her to be arrested in the first place.

But why? In my initial post, I alluded to suspected religious extremism. It turns out that both Kallis and Ahmed were studying at Abu Noor – a religious institution. That was what I was implying in the original post, when I said that Kallis was arrested in Rukn Ad-Deen (the conservative northern area of Damascus which is home to Abu Noor).

Yasser Ahmed’s father says the arrests were at the request of the British authorities, and were connected to terrorism allegations. The UK Foreign Office refuses to deny the claims.

British Embassy staff have visited them only twice since they were arrested.

You can read the full piece in The Observer (UK) here.


2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Umniya // May 11, 2009 at 12.39 pm

    i’m not quiet sure what has Abu Nour insituation to do with this?
    i’d rather say that both joined this insituation- if the accusation was correct – to affect those who are studying there.
    ppl who attend this instituation are quiet simple and some are not even educated. most girls are young , and the women are old and from a closed background.


  • 2 saleem // May 19, 2009 at 5.54 pm

    i read you story on Miyam Kallis and Mr Yasser ahmed. What is your view about Abu Noor Institute? Is it an institution that is considered fostering extremism? Or is it an institution that is considered to be an academic institution that has nothing to do with extremism?

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