Mother of Syrian blogger seeks president's help
Unconfirmed reports say Tal al-Molouhi dead due to torture
The mother of Syrian blogger Tal al-Molouhi pleaded to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to release her daughter after failing to obtain information on her whereabouts or the reasons for her detention.
Molouhi’s mother wrote a letter to Assad asking him to intervene to secure the release of her daughter and stressing that she knows nothing about politics.
Molouhi, a 19-year old high school student, was arrested in December reportedly for a blog in which she posted poems and articles supporting the Palestinian cause and criticizing the French initiative to achieve peace between Israel and Syria.
After Molouhi’s arrest, security forces searched her house and confiscated her computer. Nothing has been heard of her since then. Her family was denied permission to visit her and no official interrogation was conducted.
In the letter, posted on the website of the independent Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the mother said she tried all the possible channels to know where her daughter is detained or the reasons for her arrest, but to no avail.
“Finally I got a promise from one security department that my daughter would be released before Ramadan,” the mother wrote. “Now, Ramadan is over and we still know nothing about her.”
In her letter, the mother expressed the misery from which the family is suffering after Molouhi’s arrest.
“There are no words to describe the calamity that has befallen our entire family and the amount of suffering through which we are going.”
Molouhi’s mother added that her daughter loves her country and writes whatever comes to her mind with honesty with no bad intentions and without meaning to interfere in politics.
“As the father of all Syrians, I plead with you to save my daughter’s life. She is very young and knows nothing about politics.”
As the father of all Syrians, I plead with you to save my daughter’s life. She is very young and knows nothing about politics
Tal al-Molouhi\\\\\\\'s mother
News of Molouhi's death
Meanwhiile, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said the detention of Molouhi over poems posted in her blog raises concerns about her safety and her future.
“Detaining a young student who hasn’t finished high school for poems that contain nothing illegal is an extremely harsh action,” said a statement on the network’s website.
Several websites circulated unconfirmed news that Molouhi was tortured to death while in detention.
“Till now, we don’t know what became of Tal al-Molouhi and rumor has it in Syria that she died after being brutally tortured,” said blogger Tawfiq al-Telmesani.
News of Molouhi’s death was published on the Facebook page of the Democratic Arab Center for Strategic, Political, and Economic Studies and picked by several news websites and social networks on top of which is Twitter.
Despite demands to confirm or deny the news, the Syrian government made no comment. Syrian authorities rarely make statements on political arrests.
(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid).
Till now, we don’t know what became of Tal al-Molouhi and rumor has it in Syria that she died after being brutally tortured
Blogger Tawfiq al-Telmesani