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Capital punishment is legal in Syria. The Syrian government holds a retentionist view of capital punishment.[1] Current laws allow the death penalty for treason; espionage; murder; arson resulting in death; attempting a death-eligible crime; recidivism for a felony punishable by forced labor for life; political acts and military offences such as bearing arms against Syria in the ranks of the enemy, desertion of the armed forces to the enemy, insubordination, acts of incitement under martial law or in wartime; violent robbery; terrorism; subjecting a person to torture or barbaric treatment during the commission of gang-robbery; rape; membership in the Muslim Brotherhood; joining the Islamic State; drug trafficking of narcotics; political dissidence and falsification of material evidence resulting in a third party being convicted for a drug offense and sentenced to death.[2]


  1. ^ Rogers, Simon (April 12, 2013). "Death penalty statistics, country by country". The Guardian.
  2. ^ "The Death Penalty in Syria". Death Penalty Worldwide. Retrieved 17 August 2017.