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Bassel Khartabil, Beloved Technology Innovator, Arrested March 15, 2012. Executed October 2015. Death Confirmed August 2017.

Date: 03 August 2017

Source: U.S. Department of State

Filed under: statements

Execution of Bassel Khartabil

Press Statement
Heather Nauert
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 3, 2017

The United States is deeply saddened by reports of the execution of Syrian blogger and activist Bassel Khartabil by the Syrian regime. We extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones.

The United States expresses its outrage over the repeated acts of brutality, including torture, and extra-judicial executions, conducted by the Syrian regime. The Assad regime bears responsibility for the widespread suffering, death, and destruction it has inflicted on its own citizens.

Every day, courageous individuals work to recover from the devastation the Syrian regime has wrought, and the United States will continue to stand with them as Syrians work towards a negotiated political settlement that brings an end to the conflict.