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Hama's top judge quits over Syrian crackdown

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Hama's top judge quits over Syrian crackdown


As more raids were reported in Syria’s flashpoint city of Hama, more signs pointed to the first high-profile defection in the uprising against President Assad.

Not one but two videos have been posted online in which Hama’s Attorney-General is seen to resign over the government’s crackdown. He gives reasons including a mass killing of 72 protesters at Hama’s jail and the burial of more than 400 victims in mass graves in public parks.

Adnan Mohammad al-Bakkour also denies state media claims that he quit under duress after being kidnapped by armed groups.

Most foreign media have been expelled from Syria, making it difficult to verify images and information.

But Hama has seen some of the biggest protests against 41 years of Assad family rule.

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