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33 Syrian Kurds released in Brussels  24.2.2010 

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February 24, 2010

BRUSSELS,ó The court in Brussels released 33 Kurds who stormed the Syrian embassy in 2005 and destroyed itís property.

The embassy was attacked, after it became known the Kurdish Sheikh Mohammed Mashouq al-Khaznawi was killed during a Kurdish uprising in March 2004. Although the Syrian government said extremists were behind it, it was clear for Syrian Kurds the Syrian government was behind it.

Through internet Kurds in Belgium and Netherlands called for a protest action. And on 1 and 2 June 2005, 60 people went to the Syrian embassy in Brussels. This caused 15.000 euros in damages.              

Sheikh Mohammed Mashouq al-Khaznawi, one of Syria's most prominent Kurdish activists
The public prosecutor asked a symbolic punishment, but the court acquitted them completely. The court didnít find proof the Kurds had the intention to storm the embassy, so there was no conspiracy. Other accusations were not punishable by law.

Sheik Khaznawi, a charismatic 47-year-old cleric who began denouncing the Syrian government, came to embody the Kurdish political opposition. To some,
www.ekurd.nethe was a reformer who pushed a more thoughtful, inclusive brand of Islam; to others, he was an apostate willing to reach out to other faiths and challenge long-held Islamic mores.
 
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