Assad Grants Amnesty for Military Deserters

New presidential decree states deserters must hand themselves in within one month

A general amnesty will be granted for military deserters inside and outside of Syria, according to a decree issued on Wednesday by President Bashar al-Assad.

The decree grants an amnesty for those who deserted the Syrian armed forces before February 17, 2016.

According to the text of the decree, fugitives who fled the country have two months to turn themselves in to authorities, while those who are still inside Syria have one month.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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