Archive for June 24, 2011

Syrian embassy in London under fire for spying on dissidents

June 24, 2011 1 comment

I’ve come out of blogging semi-retirement to plug this story. Not that it needs much plugging mind. The Times is big as far as big newspapers go, and according to Wikipedia, one of the oldest.

8 Belgrave Square: Syrian intelligence HQ in UK?

In keeping with the paper’s proud tradition of fearless journalism, reporter Laura Pitel has exposed the Syrian embassy’s Vice-Consul as a “representative of the Syrian intelligence service.” Mohammad Samouri is said to have risen through the mukhabarat ranks before being posted to London with the aim of spying on and intimidating members of the Syrian opposition under the guise of  ‘diplomacy.’

Click below to read the full report:

The Times: Diplomat ‘leads secret police threats against Syrian opposition in Britain’

The well-heeled residents of Belgrave Square will, I am sure, be aghast. And so they should be. Using diplomatic privilege to conduct a vicious campaign against dissidents is illegal and the Met Police and the Foreign Office should be having quiet words with Mr Samouri that unless he ceases his thuggish behaviour, he will be summarily kicked out of the UK.

Categories: Syrian uprising
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