chambers of industry to take legal action against erdogan government over looting acts


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Feb 15, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA)- Chairman of the Federation of the Syrian Chambers of Industry, Fares al-Shahabi, called upon Syrian industrialists to support the Federation’s efforts to halt the acts of theft and loot against the Syrian industry and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The Federation is seeking to take legal procedures against the Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan over involvement in piracy and looting acts in Syria, a move that was supported by the government and the People’s Assembly.

A statement issued by the Federation on Thursday, which was distributed to the Chambers of Commerce, stressed that Erdogan’s government is involved in acts of looting and facilitating stolen things into Turkey, in addition to its provision of shelter and arms to the terrorists and opening its border for them to pass into Syria.

“The Federation has got lots of evidence and documents which confirm the Turkish government’s involvement in these acts,” al-Shahabi said, describing these acts as “a confirmed crime against our economy, people and homeland.”

He highlighted that the Syrian industry and factories are heavily and systematically targeted in all the industrial cities and areas by the looting gangs, most evidently in the province of Aleppo.

Al-Shihabi stressed that these acts of looting are being committed under Turkey’s wing, a fact that has become known to everybody.

“We are today in front of a great historic responsibility to do whatever that could be done to curb this piracy and bring its perpetrators to justice,” said al-Shahabi.

“Most importantly is to compel the Turkish government, the first guardian of the thieves and terrorists, to make amends by prosecuting it at the concerned international parties,” he added.

He considered it “a national, human and religious duty” to support the Federation’s efforts in this regard, calling upon all the national industrialists to stand up to their battle.

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