Syria issues amnesty for 25 former militants in Homs

Syria issues amnesty for 25 former militants in Homs
Sun Jan 12, 2014 22:33:47

A Syrian court has issued pardon for 25 people who were involved in the deadly insurgency against the country after they surrendered themselvs, the state news agency has announced.

According to official SANA news agency, 25 people used the Amnesty Decree issued by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for those who put down their arms and surrender.

These people were not guilty of killing anybody during the war, the report said.

Governor of Homs Talal al-Barazi said in a meeting with the released people, “many of those who were misled into getting involved in the events in the country have surrendered themselves and benefited from the amnesty decree”.

Another 15 were also released in Idlib, in northwest of Syria.

The amnesty offer by the Syrian president has caused many to feel safe for returning and siding with their national government and army.

According to SANA, 350 wanted people who got involved in the recent events in the country turned themselves in on Sunday in Madaya town in Damascus Countryside.

The war in Syria started in March 2011, when pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of Western and regional states.

The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.

According to the United Nations, more than 120,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the turmoil that has gripped Syria for over two years.


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