A luxury mansion across from the prison housed the so-called sharia court. The militants fled, leaving its entire archive behind. According to the Syrian military, the militants ruled as they saw fit. According to the locals, the bandits often apprehended people for ransom, the fines were charged in US dollars. The “court” documents have stamps of all kinds of militant groups, including the former Nusra Front.
“The militants arrested civilians, usually innocent ones, and sent them to kangaroo courts. They said they ruled in accordance with the laws of Islam, but this had nothing to do with true belief. We have examined the documents and we see horrible things: People were sentenced to death for insignificant things. Militants rooted out the undesirables this way. It was revenge, settling old scores. The militants pretended they had built a state, but in fact, there was no legitimate state here, just a bunch of bandits who seized power,” self-defense unit fighter Faisal Abuzar told journalists.
The Syrian military say the abandoned archive will help to find names of missing people as well as to investigate crimes and identify the militants.