The Telegraph (Link) - Barney Henderson (August 31, 2011)
Syria’s attorney-general has resigned after witnessing a mass execution of 72 prisoners in one day and over four hundred bodies being buried in public parks, according to a video statement posted online on Wednesday night.
In the video, the man, thought to be Adnan Bakkour, the country’s leading legal official, said he was resigning because of the “al-Assad regime and his gangs.”
The state news agency reported on Monday that Mr Bakkour had been kidnapped by rebel gunmen in the village of Karnaz on his way to work in the central city of Hama.
Mr Bakkour says in the video that he saw the killing of 72 prisoners at Hama’s central prison on July 31, including peaceful protesters.
He says 420 bodies were buried in mass graves in public parks, that 10,000 peaceful protesters are being held in prisons and that 320 prisoners died after being tortured.
He claims that troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad buried people alive by demolishing homes in Hama with people inside. He then named “criminals” who had assassinated unarmed protesters.