Assad Allows Private Security Companies to Operate in Syria

The private guards will be allowed to carry firearms but not conduct information gathering work

President Bashar Assad on Monday issued a new law, providing licenses for private companies to provide protection and guarding services.


The new legislative decree stipulates that the Interior Ministry will be in charge of the licenses, giving them permission to use firearms, and approving individuals for guard work. The companies themselves will be responsible for training and equipping their employees.


These companies are prohibited from carrying out any investigative or information gathering work.


Guards working in such companies will have to wear a uniform bearing labels identifying them as guards and the name of the company they work for, and are not permitted to bear arms outside work hours or use them in tasks other than those appointed to them by the company.


Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer



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