Jordan arrests 10 Syrian army defectors on charges of spying for Assad regime (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By DPA 03/26/12)
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Jordanian authorities confirmed on Sunday the arrest of a group of
Syrian army defectors on suspicion of spying for the regime of
President Bashar Assad.
Police arrested 10 alleged army defectors last week in the city of
Mafraq, some 60 kilometers north of the capital Amman, the Public
Security Department said.
The group, who had been residing in a camp for army defectors since
their arrival in Jordan earlier this month, were transferred to the
Mafraq detention facility where they are being questioned, claimed
the Jordanian Public Security Department.
"We don´t know if they are officers, soldiers or spies. So security
services took the extra precaution in order to determine their true
identity and intentions," said Public Security Department spokesman
It was not the first time Jordanian authorities detained army
defectors on suspicion of spying for the Syrian regime, a security
source said, adding that some 100 alleged defectors have been
deported to Syria since the unrest started a year ago.
Concerns over attempts by Syrian agents posing as refugees to enter
Jordan, which is home to some 100,000 Syrian refugees, have prompted
authorities to relocate 400 known defectors to a guarded military
barracks outside Mafraq earlier this month. (© Copyright 2012
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