German-Syrian activist missing since arrest: family

10th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

A German-Syrian human rights activist who recently published a list of those tortured by Damascus has gone missing since his arrest last month by Syrian authorities, his family said Friday.

Ismail Abdi, 50, head of the German branch of the Committee for the Defence of Democratic Liberties and Human Rights in Syria (CDF), was "detained at the passport control at Alep airport" while trying return to Germany with his wife and three children, said his oldest daughter Farah, 20.

"We haven't had any word from him since," she said, adding her father suffers from asthma and didn't have his medication. "We're worried a lot."

A lawyer by training, Abdi has lived in Germany since 1997, and received citizenship since 2006, said his daughter.

She said Abdi had been very active in defending human rights and recently published a list of 600 people arrested or tortured in Syria.

The German foreign ministry said they had been contacted by Abdi's family and had been in touch with the Syrian authorities to clarify his situation.

© 2010 AFP

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