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Names of Gulf citizens listed by Syrian intelligence: documents

Zaman Al Wasl Leaks | 2017-06-17 03:44:27
Names of Gulf citizens listed by Syrian intelligence: documents
By Ethar Abdulhaq

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The leaked Syrian regime intelligence archive showed that 187 arrest warrants were issued for Emirati citizens, 680 warrants for Kuwaiti citizens,
122 warrants issued for Bahraini citizens.

The leaked intelligence archive contains 1,700,000 documents and warrants revealed by the end of 2014, including 524,416 arrest orders against citizens from 153 states across the world, 10,220 warrants against Gulf Arab State's citizens.


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The warrants that obtained by Zaman al-Wasl had been issued by several intelligence branches, including Air Force Intelligence, Military Intelligence, Political Security, Interior Ministry, Defense Ministry, Military Court, Military Police and other security services.

Of the 187 warrants against the Emirati citizens, 51 were arrest warrants. The most prominent Emirati citizens targeted include Colonel Mohammed Ahmed al-Abdouli, who fought in the opposition ranks against the al-Assad regime and his forces. Colonel al-Abdouli had an effective and prominent role as the opposition liberated vast areas relying on his military experience. He died in the battles to liberate al-Raqqah towards the beginning of March 2013.

In 2015, the UAE authorities arrested al-Abdouli’s daughter and one of his sons (a discharged army), aroused widespread resentment in the UAE especially as al-Abdouli’s daughter was arrest came almost as a kidnapping in a society that considers women a red line.

The authorities were not content with that only and later arrested al-Abdouli’s eldest son for him to join his detained siblings. With the security services repeatedly arresting the relatives of wanted people, we can only conclude that the Emirati security services take this as a legitimate practice among the Emirati security services much like the al-Assad regime.
Prisoners of conscience

Returning to Emirati citizens included in the regime's intelligence records we find various public figures. Issa Khalifa al-Suwaidi, a well-known academic who was the director of the Abu Dhabi Educational Zone, is included in one memorandum. The UAE authorities had previously arrested him and at the time of his arrest, arrested his three sisters for demanding his release. Al-Suwaidi is considered a prisoner of conscience, and he is one of the most prominent Emiratis in the field of education development.

Among those singled out by al-Assad intelligence is the Emirati citizen Sultan Kayed al-Qasimi, the head of an association with a reformist turn. The UAE authorities arrested him as they did many other citizens. Al-Qasimi is from an old and well-known family Sheikh family which governs Ras al-Khaymet Emirate. He is a famous academic and was the head of al-Ithad University. Some people describe him the Sheikh of Prisoners of Conscious in the UAE, and he has been detained for five years and a half.

While it is remarkable that there are Emirati women included in the al-Assad regime intelligence lists, Zaman al-Wasl noticed the far more intriguing that most, if not all, the people who the UAE authorities charged with belonging to “secret organizations” in 2013 were included on the al-Assad intelligence lists in the same year.

In the summer of 2013, the Emirati authorities sentenced dozens of citizens to various prison terms including 15 years for eight defendants, ten years followed by three years monitoring for 56 detainees and seven years for five other detainees all of whom were accused of belonging to a "secret organization." In total 69 detainees were sentenced, and their names are all included in the al-Assad regime intelligence lists! The coincidence would indicate that most of those facing the wrath of the Emirati state are also facing al-Assad’s wrath.
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The al-Assad regime's intelligence rushed in 2013, to comply with these sentences and issue warrants for the 69 detainees in the UAE. This complete congruity and temporal overlap between the Emirati authorities and the al-Assad regime’s list raises many questions about the communication between the two countries despite the severing of ties between the two countries.

It is sufficient to note that of the 187 memorandums for Emirati citizens, 94 were issued in 2013, in the same year the Emirati activists were tried. To add to the matter, the media referred to the activists’ trials as the “94 cell” case!

If we remove the names of the 94 Emirati nationals included in the al-Assad lists in 2013, less than half of the total number of memorandums remain (93 out of 187).
(Caption) “Most of those facing the wrath of the Emirati state are also facing al-Assad’s wrath.”

The issue of the 94 Emirati activists tried occupied various human rights organizations, such as Human Rights’ Watch and the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, as their arrest and trials were riddled with violations.

According to a report by Human Rights Watch, “The location of 64 of the detainees, who are linked to an Islamic Reform Group, is still unknown which raises fears about their safety. Among the Emirati detainees are two prominent human rights lawyers, Mohammad al-Rokin and Mohammad al-Mansouri as well as several judges, teachers and student leaders. Human Rights Watch previously documented how the lawyers, who work in the only UAE law firm that provided the detainees with legal aid, were arrested, and how some of them were deported and others intimidated.”

Below is the list of the names person the UAE authorities sentenced in mid-2013. Zaman al-Wasl will show that the names are identical to those on the al-Assad lists:

Kuwaiti and Bahraini Citizens
Looking towards other Gulf states, we find that the al-Assad intelligence issued memorandums for 122 Bahraini citizens which is a large figure compared to the country's small population.

Among those wanted, the most prominent is a Jafal Hussein Hadi, whom the al-Assad intelligence services noted next to his name that he is an officer. The intelligence lists also show that several Bahraini women have memorandums in their names but Zaman al-Wasl refrains from disclosing their names.

It is noteworthy that the al-Assad intelligence memorandums included a memorandum Ali Meshmaih, the son of Hassan Mushaima a leader known for his ties with Iran.

As for Kuwait, its citizens gained their fair share of al-Assad’s intelligence’s attention as 679 memorandums were issued for Kuwaiti citizens. One third of the memorandums are arrest warrants.

The memorandums target prominent figures including members of the ruling family such as Jazaa Nasser al-Sabah for whom the General Intelligence Department issued a memorandum. Al-Sabah died at 51 in 2014.

The military intelligence issued an arrest warrant for Fahd Du'aij al-Sabah in 1995.

The General Intelligence Department and the Air Force Intelligence each issued an arrest warrant for the head of the Salafist movement in Kuwait Hamid Abdullah al-Ali. The two intelligence branches issued warrants for his arrest in 2009, 2010, and 2014.

The al-Assad regime intelligence leaves no stop unturned. Even Abdullah Ali al-Mutawa, known for his charitable works and proselytizing, was issued an arrest warrant by the General Intelligence Department in 1979, 1981, and 1993. Al-Mutawa died at 80 in 2006.

The Military Intelligence and the General Intelligence each issued arrest warrants for Walid al-Tabtabai, a long-time academic and parliamentarian, in 2012 and 2014.

The Military Intelligence issued an arrest warrant for the preacher and academic Shafi Ajami in 2014.

Mohammad Hayef al-Mutairi, a parliamentarian, was wanted by the Military Intelligence Division based on an arrest warrant issued in 2014.

Ahmad al-Jar Allah, a media professional and the editor in chief of al-Siyassa newspaper has an arrest warrant issued in his name in 2007. Al-Jar Allah and his newspaper are at the forefront of those attacking Doha during this crisis.

The General Intelligence Department and the Political Security issued arrest warrants for Hajjaj al-Ajmi, a preacher, in 2013 and 2014. (
Translation by Rana Abdul)
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