In October I wrote about the case of a 19-year old female blogger who was arrested on vague charges in Syria. My views on her actions are clear, but I criticise heavily the way she is being treated, and for what? According to al Jazeera English Tal al Mollouhi was arrested because she released information that led to the assault and serious injury of a Syrian army officer in Cairo. The Syrian Higher State Security Court has just sentenced her to five years in prison but the charges are vague and the proceedings were held in a closed court.
Perhaps it is all false and the entire affair is trumped up, then again perhaps not. The problem is that the Syrian public has not been given any information to make its own mind up. "Security" concerns are no longer sufficient to justify ignoring the rule of law and treating people as if they are subjects or cattle. Syria is not a jungle, it is not Mubarak's Egypt, so why is this happening? Why can an Arab citizen not point their finger at something and ask "why"?
Nobody has been told why this girl was arrested two years ago, when she was 17. More importantly, why would a 17 year old girl have information that would compromise a Syrian officer. In light of such an enormous security lapse, why is the future and life of a schoolgirl being destroyed when it has not even been made clear that she did what she did malicously, let alone did it at all. If we are to take the official narrative at face value, why are those responsible for such an enormous security lapse, one which undermines the security of Syria, to a 17 year old school girl not being held responsible? Why should I feel nervous about asking these questions as I type this on my blog? Why can nobody ask certain very rich individuals in Syria how they got their money, or their cars, or their lands and villas, or their businesses. Why and why and why? Why should we keep being treated like this?
The silence remains deafening...