SYRIA. TWO PUBLIC HANGINGS IN ALEPPO IN SEPTEMBER
October 6, 2009: two men were hanged on September 3 in Aleppo, Syria, for armed robbery and murder, according to a foreign witness. An Italian tourist who was in Syria in September with an organised tour group told Hands Off Cain: â€śI donâ€™t remember exactly when I arrived in Aleppo, but it seems like it was September 3rd. Travelling to the hotel by bus, I saw a gathering of people in a square not far away and I glimpsed people hanging from the gallows in the crowd.â€ť
â€śI asked information from the tour guide about the place. Embarrassed, he told me that they were hanging two men,â€ť the source who preferred to remain anonymous said.
â€śI asked why they were sentenced to death and the guide told me the two recently robbed and murdered an elderly couple in the city,â€ť the Italian tourist, whose identity and reliability is certain to Hands Off Cain, said.
â€śAfter the executions, the bodies remained hanging as a warning to the people. Iâ€™m not certain for how long, if it was for a day or longer,â€ť the witness explained.
In Syria, executions are kept totally secret. News doesnâ€™t filter into local papers or even to relatives. When the bodies are returned to relatives, they donâ€™t know if their loved ones died by torture or by execution. In 2008, there was at least one execution in Syria, while in 2007 there were at least seven. (Sources: Hands Off Cain, 06/10/2009)