Vandaag nog een artikel van Moon of Alabama op ICH, over diezelfde claim van Amnesty, die dit keer door de Britse ex-ambassadeur voor Irak, Peter Ford (die de bewuste gevangenis kent), totaal in de grond wordt geboord.......
Hier het artikel, dat als interview door Sputnik werd uitgezonden. Onder het artikel vindt u het hele interview met Ford (25 minuten), let wel, het is geen video, maar een geluidsbestand (van een op de radio uitgezonden interview).
Onder het artikel kan u klikken voor een 'Dutch vertaling':
Amnesty Report on Syrian Prison Deaths Questioned by Ex UK Ambassador to Syria
Amnesty International's latest report on mass extrajudicial killings in Syria would not stand scrutiny, according to former British ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford.
February 19, 2017 "Information Clearing House" - On February 7, the organization issued an explosive report titled ‘Human Slaughterhouse, Mass Hangings and Extermination at Saydhaya prison, Syria,' alleging that the Syrian authorities were responsible of killing 13,000 opponents of President Bashar Assad at the Saydnaya prison on the outskirts of Damascus.
In an interview with Sputnik, Ford pointed out that it was interesting how the report was coincidentally released after the Syrian city of Aleppo was liberated by the government forces two months ago, after successful negotiations in Astana and as it appears that Syria is coming closer to a political solution for the ongoing war.
"It's very strange after this report has been over a year in gestation — you have to ask, why now?" He said.
According to the former Ambassador, there is a number of reasons why the report puts into question the credibility of the human rights organisation. Apart from the fact that it was based on interviews with anonymous witnesses and doesn't provide a hint of evidence, those nameless sources were wrong on ‘basic information', and that naturally puts to doubt the veracity of other claims.
The retired British diplomat had visited Saydnaya numerous times as he served in Damascus from 2003 to 2006. According to Ford, the prison was too small to contain ten to twenty thousand prisoners at one time, contrary to what Amnesty said in the report.
"Ten to twenty thousand is a fair-sized town." He said in an interview. "The building which I saw at Saydnaya could not possibly accommodate more than ten percent of those numbers."
The human rights group also quoted its sources as saying that Saydnaya became the main political prison in 2011, which was just as false.
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* Zo gedegen, dat Amnesty sprak over 5.000 tot 13.000 doden, me dunkt nogal een verschil, 'maar goed....'
** Zie: 'Amnesty claimt zonder bewijs 13.000 moorden middels massa executies in 'gevangenis Assad.........' (In de kop stond een fout: gevangenissen i.p.v. gevangenis)
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