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Syria VP beaten upon Assad’s order: report

A well-informed source told Elaph Journal that Farouk al-Sharaa was beaten on Sunday in his home

Syrian VP Farouk al-Sharaa. (AFP/Louai Beshara)

BEIRUT – A pro-opposition media outlet has reported that Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa was “severely beaten” in a regime bid to kill him.

 

A well-informed source told Elaph Journal that Sharaa was severely beaten on Sunday in his home where he is under house arrest for opposing President Bashar al-Assad’s policies.

 

The source said that a number of soldiers had broken in to Sharaa’s residence and beat him severely.

 

According to the source, it is likely that “Assad gave orders for a new witness to his crimes to be done away with and decided to assassinate Farouk al-Sharaa.”

 

“After the death of Major General Mohammed Nasif [Kheirbek] only a very small number of witnesses to [Assad’s] crimes remained […] and Sharaa was [one of] them.”

 

Kheirbek—Syria’s deputy VP for security affairs and a top regime insider—died Sunday at the age of 78.

 

Sharaa—who became VP in 2006—is the highest ranking Sunni in the Assad regime; however, his post is mostly ceremonial.

 

In 2012, reports emerged that Sharaa had fled Syria, however the government denied the news and the VP made a public appearance to show he was still in the country.

 

Nonetheless, pro-opposition outlets alleged that he had been placed under house arrest, while Sharaa himself revealed in a December 2012 interview with Al-Akhbar that he had political differences with Assad and opposed a military solution to the Syrian crisis.

 

Seven months later, Sharaa lost his post in the ruling Baath Party after 15 members of its Central Committee were replaced.

 

In 2014, the UN’s former troubleshooter for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said that he had tried to meet with Sharaa a number of times, but was always denied access to the vice president by the regime, further fuelling speculation the VP had been placed under house arrest. 

Syrian VP Farouk al-Sharaa. (AFP/Louai Beshara)

Assad gave orders for a new witness to his crimes to be done away with and decided to assassinate Farouk al-Sharaa.

  • ZizouZeGreat

    @ Hani-Sunni-Hater-Baal: clean your mouth before uttering the words "Rafiq Harriri".

    June 30, 2015

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    I see you did not clean your own mouth before saying Hariri, which you spelled with two "r"s (your throat seemed to have gargled a bit). And you should clean whatever other part of your body you use when you get in bed with the fake heroes of Islamo-Arabism like Hariri and Assad... You might get infected with a terrible disease that is plaguing the world as we speak.

    July 1, 2015

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    He more than deserves it... Just like Rafik Hariri and everyone who collaborates for decades with a dictatorship, then are surprised when the dictatorship turns against them. The lesson to collaborators: Do not even begin to collaborate. The moment you realize you are dealing with a monster, speak up and walk away. If you don't , then you are an accomplice. If Sharaa is trying to score some good points in the face of an eventual conviction for war crimes, it's too late. Better hang yourself, like Judas.

    June 29, 2015

  • Beiruti

    I could not agree more with your observation. Anyone who has collaborated with the monstrous Assad Regime, either in the past or who is currently collaborating with it, will deserve whatever ill fate befalls them. And it will. There is justice in this world.

    June 30, 2015

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    We are, for once, in full agreement. Perhaps we should make a list of all past and present collaborators with the Assad regime, and see who of the Lebanese political pantheon turns up clean of that filth. My guess: Not one.

    July 1, 2015

  • jrocks

    Wow, you're sooooo deeeep hani boy!

    July 1, 2015

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    Thanks, JSUCKS, I knew you'd come around one day.

    July 1, 2015

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    He more than deserves it... Just like Rafik Hariri and everyone who collaborates for decades with a dictatorship, then are surprised when the dictatorship turns against them. The lesson to collaborators: Do not even begin to collaborate. The moment you realize you are dealing with a monster, speak up and walk away. If you don't , then you are an accomplice. If Sharaa is trying to score some good points in the face of an eventual conviction for war crimes, it's too late. Better hang yourself, like Judas.

    June 29, 2015