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Basel Safadi

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  • Country of residence: France
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1981
  • Age: 34
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Bassel Khartabil, also known as Bassel Safadi (born May 22, 1981 in Damascus) is a Palestinian Syrian open-source software developer. Since March 15, 2012, the one-year anniversary of the Syrian uprising, he was detained by the Syrian government in Damascus at Adra Prison.[1] As of October 3, 2015, he has been transferred to an unknown location, probably to be judged by a military court. On October 7, 2015 Human Rights Watch and 30 other human rights organizations issued a letter demanding that Khartabil's whereabouts be disclosed. On November 11, 2015 rumors surfaced that Khartabil had been secretly sentenced to death.
Khartabil was born and raised in Syria, where he specializes in open source software development. He has been CTO and co-founder of collaborative research company Aiki Lab and was CTO of Al-Aous, a publishing and research institution dedicated to archaeological sciences and arts in Syria. He has served as project lead and public affiliate for Creative Commons Syria, and has contributed to Mozilla Firefox, Wikipedia, Openclipart, Fabricatorz, and Sharism. He "is credited with opening up the Internet in Syria and vastly extending online access and knowledge to the Syrian people."

n March 15, 2012, Khartabil was detained amid arrests in the Mazzeh district of Damascus by Military Security Branch 215. That day marked the one-year anniversary of the Syrian uprising, with pro- and anti-government protesters demonstrating in Damascus and elsewhere in the country.
Khartabil was interrogated and tortured for five days by Military Branch 215. Security forces raided Khartabil's house, confiscating his computer and other effects. He was then transferred to the Interrogation Division Branch 248 and detained there incommunicado for 9 months. On December 9, 2012, Khartabil was brought to a hearing before a military prosecutor without an attorney present, and accused of "harming state security". Khartabil was then sent to the Adra Prison in Damascus.


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