Report: Saudis sent death-row inmates to fight Syria

usa today: Secret memo says more than 1,200 prisoners fought Assad regime to avoid beheading.

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Saudi Arabia has sent death-row inmates from several nations to fight against the Syrian government in exchange for commuting their sentences, the Assyrian International News Agencyreports.

Citing what it calls a “top secret memo” in April from the Ministry of Interior, AINA says the Saudi offered 1,239 inmates a pardon and a monthly stipend for their families, which were were allowed to stay in the Sunni Arab kingdom. Syrian President Bashar Assad is an Alawite, a minority Shiite sect.

According to an English translation of the memo, besides Saudis, the prisoners included Afghans, Egyptians, Iraqis, Jordanians, Kuwaitis, Pakistanis, Palestinians, Somalis, Sudanese, Syrians and Yemenis. All faced “execution by sword” for murder, rape or drug smuggling.

Russia, which has backed Assad, objected to the bargain and allegedly threatened to bring the issue to the United Nations, said an unidentified former Iraqi member of Parliament who confirmed the memo’s authenticity, says AINA, an independent outlet.

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3 replies

  1. Legacy prevails……..ironically same patronization again as it was in so-called Afghan Jihad under CIA umbrella and Judea finance.

  2. Muslim hands are being used to murder Muslims. Muslim armies are being used to topple democratically elected governments in Muslim countries. Why some generals and kings agree to commit this heinous crime? This secret is yet to be disclosed.

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