In June 2010 Muhannad was sentenced to 3 years in prison for “weakening national sentiment” and for “conveying within Syria false news that could debilitate the morale of the nation”.
Muhannad comes from a well respected and notable Damascus family. He is a lawyer and human rights defender who had publicised the unfair trials of political prisoners and called for their immediate release.
On 10th November 2009 while in jail Muhannad was disbarred in absentia by the Damascus section of the Syrian Bar Association, effectively prohibiting him from practicing law for the rest of his life.
On 26th October 2010 Muhannad was severely beaten when he was attacked by a common criminal with whom he was sharing a cell in Adra Prison.
Muhannad is co-founder of the Syrian Human Rights Organisation (SAWASIYAH).
He is a commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists.
In 2010 he won the Dean Award from the Amsterdam Bar Association and the Martin Ennals Award in recognition of his contribution to human rights.
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