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Ex-ISIS fighters declare paying their method out of jail

Ex-ISIS fighters claim paying their way out of jail

Former ISIS fighters have claimed the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are charging $8,000 per particular person to free militants from prisons below a so-called ‘reconciliation’ scheme.

In response to a report within the UK’s Guardian newspaper, former ISIS fighters, who fought for the militant group till it was defeated in 2019, secured their freedom from the Syrian al-Hawl jail facility by way of the scheme.

At the moment, three SDF-controlled jails in northeast Syria are thought to carry round 8,000 Iraqi and Syrian people who’re accused of preventing for ISIS, in addition to 2,000 foreigners who’re ready to be deported again to their house nations.

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The ex-ISIS militants claimed that not less than 10 folks, to their information, have purchased their freedom by way of what’s been reportedly dubbed a ‘reconciliation’ scheme. The 2 males offered the British-based newspaper with documentation to again up their claims, in addition to testimony of how they’d been launched from detention.

One particular person, Abu Jafar, who claims he was launched after his household bought some property, said he paid $8,000 as a effective, in addition to an extra $22,000 in bribes to SDF officers. Equally, Abu Muhammad, who says he fought alongside ISIS on the frontline, stated he had paid the $8,000 determine and $14,000 in bribes.

SDF spokesperson Farhad Shami has denied the existence of the scheme, rejecting the documentation seen by the Guardian and stating that no fee has been taken to free former ISIS fighters. Nonetheless, Shami did settle for that some people, who labored in “IS-run places of work or had been pressured to hitch IS” had been freed if their “palms weren’t stained by blood.” Nonetheless, he stated anybody launched is “monitored by safety forces” to make sure they don’t search to rejoin or support the militant group once more.

The worldwide anti-IS coalition refused to touch upon the reported scheme, stating that the jail amenities are managed by the SDF.

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