Syrian detainees’ families forced to pay huge bribes to corrupt officials – report

Report says arrest and extortion of Syrian population is major source of funding for Assad regime

Families of detainees in Syrian prisons are routinely forced to bribe officials to be allowed to visit them or to win their release, according to a report that reveals the vast scale of extortion in the detention system.

The sums involved – rising as high as £2m in one jail – are likely to be helping senior members of the Assad regime avoid sanctions, a survey of more than 1,200 former prisoners and family members suggests.

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