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    Opposition demands Turkey to prosecute pilot of the crashed plane

    | 2017-03-18 10:30:35
    Opposition demands Turkey to prosecute pilot of the crashed plane

    (Zaman al-Wasl)- Legal committee in the Syrian National Coalition submitted a memo to Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs a memo demanding prosecution of pilot in Assad regime Mohamed Soufan whose jet fell on Turkish soil following accusation that Soufan committed massacres against Syrian civilians.

    Journalist Qutaiba Yassin had sued Soufan in Turkish court. He told Zaman al-Wasl that he had no intention of remaining silent about the issue especially as Soufan is now in Turkey which is a state of law. Yassin went before a judge raising a legal case against Mohammad Soufan. Yassin explained that the issue is a legal case only and it is unrelated to politics.

    Yassin pointed out that he called on several other people who were harmed physically or materially by Soufan’s war activities to join his open lawsuit. So far several victims from the town of Kafr Sijnah have communicated with him to join his open lawsuit. One of the victims’ sons was martyred, and Bahar 1's bombing destroyed two people's houses. Soufan is documented to have targeted the towns of Kafr Sijnah, Maarrat Misrin, and Taoum which are all close to Kafarya. There is no information currently about the victims and damages in the last two areas, but Kafr Sijnah registered the martyrdom of the youth Khalid Mohammad Ibrahim al-Issa.

    Soufan was a retired officer before the revolution started but he returned to duty to fight with the regime and kill civilians. Yassin insists that he bombed the village of Maarrat Misrin which is kilometers away from his hometown Kafarya and where he received his elementary education. After Soufan graduated from Air Faculty in 1986, he was deployed to brigade 24 in Deir ez-Zor. He was trained on Soukhoi 7 in 1987 and he was behind in training so he took extra year in brigade 24. Later, he was deployed to al-Shuayrat airport to train on Soukhoi 22, but he was not accepted there due to technical reasons so he was transferred to brigade 73 in Khalkhaleh in 1989. He was trained on Mig 21 and served for 2 years in al-Thaala and Khalkhaleh airports.

    Due to his low performance as a pilot, he was redeployed to brigade 24 in 1991 and served in al-Tabaqaa and Deir ez-Zor where he was transferred to brigade 14 in Hama and Abu al-Zuhour airports.

    A private source confirmed to Zaman al-Wasl that Soufan technical performance led to his appointing in brigade leadership 14 before regime returned him to flying based on his wishes and regime needs since beginning of 2017. He was rehabilitated.

    Keywords:  Syria
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