For more than a year, 67-year-old Abd al-Akram al-Sakka has been missing in what amounts to an enforced disappearance — a crime under international law.
Despite desperate pleas from the elderly imam’s relatives, the Syrian authorities have not revealed any information about his whereabouts or the conditions of his detention.
In fact, they never even acknowledged his arrest — the only thing his loved ones can be sure of is that on 15 July 2011, around 20 members of Syria’s Air Force Intelligence arrived at his house in the Damascus suburb of Daraya and whisked him away.
The imam’s son-in-law Haytham Al Hamwi — who now lives in exile — recently told Amnesty International about his family’s anguish and the lack of information around al-Sakka’s disappearance since the Syrian uprising began in early 2011.
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