The perpetrators confessed that that they had set fireplace to a number of places within the three governorates, and have been first arrested final yr, the Ministry of Justice assertion mentioned.

They have been executed on Wednesday.

Eleven different people concerned in setting the wildfires got life sentences of onerous labor, with 4 others sentenced to non permanent onerous labor, the assertion mentioned. Five minors have been additionally given jail sentences starting from 10 to 12 years for his or her involvement.

The fires affected 280 cities, broken greater than 370 properties and destroyed 11,000 hectares of forested land, with important injury additionally brought about to livestock, agricultural tools and infrastructure, in response to the Ministry of Justice. The fires unfold throughout the provinces of Latakia, Tartous and Homs.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a uncommon go to to areas hit by the wildfires final October, Reuters reported, citing the official SANA information company. Assad’s hometown of Qardaha, in Latakia province, was badly hit by the blaze.

The Ministry of Justice assertion mentioned that the perpetrators admitted to planning to set the fires on the finish of August 2020 and that they carried out the crimes “intermittently” from September till October 2020.

Capital punishment in Syria is permissible within the case of crimes together with treason, espionage, homicide and arson.

In 2017, Amnesty International shed a lightweight on a marketing campaign of mass hangings in Saydnaya Prison, positioned north of the capital Damascus.

The Amnesty report, “Human Slaughterhouse” discovered that 13,000 people had been executed the prison, in a “hidden” marketing campaign approved by senior regime figures. The report alleges that prisoners have been moved in the course of the evening from their cells underneath the pretext of being transferred, however as a substitute, have been taken to the grounds of the jail, the place they have been hanged.

The Ministry of Justice refuted the accusations.