Nasser Saber Bondek’s wife, Farizah Jahjah Bondek, who lives abroad, told Amnesty International that a local contact had told her that members of the Syrian security forces believed to be Military Intelligence arrived at Nasser Saber Bondek’s house in the Damascus suburb of Sahnaya at around 6.30pm on 17 February, arrested him and broke items in the house. A released detainee has reported seeing Nasser Saber Bondek shortly after his arrest at the Military Intelligence Branch 227 in Damascus. Since then, his wife has not received any information on his whereabouts, though an unofficial source told her in late April that he was “ok”.
Among those who were arrested in Sahnaya that day are human rights lawyer Jihan Amin and student Ranim Ma’touq, (whose father, human rights lawyer Khalil Ma’touq, has been subjected to enforced disappearance) and another man, whose body was returned to his family about three weeks later, from the same Military Intelligence branch where Nasser Saber Bondek was last seen. A local contact told Amnesty International that a judge ordered Jihan Amin’s provisional release on 29 April after questioning her about “distributing aid to terrorists” due to accusations that she had assisted people internally displaced as a result of the armed conflict in Syria and who are perceived by the Syrian authorities as families of what they consider as ‘terrorists’. Ranim Ma’touq is still detained, and is on trial also for “distributing aid to terrorists” due to similar accusations that she had assisted internally displaced people.
The exact reasons for Nasser Saber Bondek’s arrest are unknown. His wife told Amnesty International that he engaged in humanitarian assistance activities, such as aiding the internally displaced. Farizah Jahjah Bondek is a peaceful political activist herself, and is known for attending demonstrations. She had fled Syria with their children out of fear of arrest by the authorities before her husband was arrested.
Source: Amnesty International