12 Apr 2023

‘They almost killed me’ – Syrian-American prisoner to sue Assad regime

International Editor

This is the horrific ordeal of a young Syrian American man who was arrested at Damascus airport on his way home to continue his studies, and says he was held for three weeks before being released.

More than a decade later, Obada Mzaik gives his first interview to this programme – claiming he was beaten, threatened with electrocution and forced to watch relatives being tortured.

He’s launched a claim for damages against the Syrian government in the US courts.

We should warn you – there are distressing images and details in our report.