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Qotaiba al-Asaad, the victim of a brutal police assault that sparked uproar when a video of the beatings went viral last month, was sentenced by the Military Tribunal to three years of hard labor Wednesday. The trial of Asaad, suspected of collaborating with terrorist groups, was deemed "unjust" and lacking in evidence by his family in Wadi Khaled who said the sentence would further hinder the northern community and reinforce perceptions that it is an incubator for Sunni extremism. The defendant admitted to entering Syria by traveling from Wadi Khaled to Hermel, then crossing the border via the town of Arsal.From there he said he took a taxi to the Rima Farms in Syria to visit Hasan Harba, the leader of a local Free Syrian Army battalion in Qusair, to see if he could help mediate for the release of a Wadi Khaled resident being held by the Nusra Front.
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