Syria general says army must reject 'regime crimes'

July 25, 2012 01:50

AMMAN - Defected Syrian brigadier general Manaf Tlas called on Tuesday for the Syrian military to denounce what he described as crimes committed by Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces.

"I address one of the Syrian Arab Army's sons who reject the criminal behaviour of this corrupt regime. The honorable people in the military would not accept these crimes," Tlas said in a televised statement on al-Arabiya television.

The comments were his first to be aired publicly since Tlas, a member of Assad's inner circle and a senior officer in the Republican Guards, defected earlier this month.

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