Peaceful political activist
Arrested by the Syrian authorities, on 8 August 2011, in Daraya
Detained in Saydnaya prison
Majd al-Din al-Kholani is a member of a group called Shabab Daraya (Youth of Daraya), a town on the outskirts of Damascus. Operating since 1989, the group has organized a variety of activities, such as awareness-raising campaigns to fight bribery and littering and a silent march against the US-led invasion of Iraq in May 2003..
On 22 July 2011, his older brother ‘Abd al-Sattar al-Kholani was seized by security forces in an apparent attempt to force Majd al-Din al-Kholani to hand himself over to the authorities. Security forces eventually arrested Majd al-Din al-Kholani on 8 August 2011 after he had gone into hiding. He is believed to have been arrested by members of Air Force Intelligence.
The cases of Majd al-Din and ‘Abd al-Sattar al-Kholani are reported to have been transferred to a military field court in recent months and they are both held arbitrarily in Saydnaya Military Prison awaiting trial.
Source: Amnesty International