Police seek missing truck of man found dead on Bangerter Highway


After a person’s physique was discovered on Bangerter Freeway on Saturday, West Jordan police are asking for the general public’s assist discovering his truck.

The physique of Cesar Adan Martinez, 37, was discovered on Bangerter Freeway close to 8000 South on Saturday morning, police mentioned.

Martinez’s lacking truck is a blue, four-door 2008 Dodge Dakota with the Utah license plate E36 6SM. The truck has a grey camper shell with a damaged window on the passenger facet, and police mentioned the car is in “poor situation with quite a few dents.”

Police mentioned Martinez had not too long ago moved from West Valley Metropolis to Salt Lake Metropolis, and is believed to have been at a bar or restaurant on Friday night time.

Anybody with data is requested to contact West Jordan police at 801-840-4000.

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Salam Othman, a lawyer and human rights activist from Aleppo, was arrested by Syrian army intelligence in 2011. For practically three years, he was shuttled between numerous detention facilities and prisons, his whereabouts unknown to his household.

“Folks would die after which get replaced,” Othman advised Amnesty Worldwide about his expertise in detention. “I didn’t depart the cell for the entire three years, not as soon as … Many individuals turned hysterical and misplaced their minds.”

Othman is certainly one of not less than 65,116 people who’ve been “forcibly disappeared” by the Syrian authorities within the aftermath of mass demonstrations in 2011 that devolved right into a brutal civil struggle, in accordance a brand new Amnesty report launched Thursday citing figures from the Syrian Community for Human Rights (SNHR).

“Enforced disappearances” are people who have been arbitrarily arrested and held by authorities forces or allied militias, however whose whereabouts officers deny realizing. This lack of acknowledgement has left hundreds of detainees outdoors the safety of the regulation.

Within the absence of any such safety, detainees have been systematically subjected to mistreatment, violence, and typically torture, rape and dying, in line with Amnesty.

“For the reason that starting of the disaster in 2011, a largely unseen however egregious human rights violation has been dedicated on a scientific and near-daily foundation in Syria,” the report’s authors write. “Tens of hundreds of individuals have been taken – snatched from their properties, workplaces, automobiles, and neighborhood markets.”

Of the greater than 65,000 who’ve disappeared, 58,148 are civilians, in line with figures cited in the Amnesty report. Greater than half of all of the disappeared have been lacking for 2 years or longer.

The earliest targets of pressured disappearance have been peaceable protesters and political activists, in line with Amnesty. Then got here human rights defenders, authorities screens, journalists, and humanitarian support staff and medical doctors seen as serving to the opposition. These thought of disloyal to the Syrian authorities, or those that have been associated to needed people have been additionally focused for pressured disappearances.

Othman, the human rights activist, advised Amnesty he was tortured throughout his keep at one detention middle, however his keep at Saydnaya jail was worse:

“We have been tortured every day … The torture was random: they might decide individuals and beat them in entrance of everybody. I used to be with round 30 individuals in a single cell. Folks would die after which get replaced. We’d be punished each time the opposition harm authorities forces outdoors. They beat us with probably the most painful devices: they used steel pipes as an alternative of sticks, and they’d intention at delicate factors on the physique, just like the backbone and the top. I used to be subjected to this 3 times, and every time I’d not be capable of stroll or do something for just a few months afterward.”

One other survivor, Omar, described jail circumstances the place detainees needed to drink from the bathroom. Diarrhea, dehydration, scabies and different ailments unfold, he mentioned.

Raneem Ma’touq, a wonderful arts scholar whose father was a human rights lawyer, was forcibly disappeared for months in 2014. She described a few of what she noticed to Amnesty:

“One of many worst strategies of torture I noticed was the ‘German chair.’ The individual is tied to the chair after which the again is pushed backwards. Some individuals simply broke into two. Their spines couldn’t take the stress.”

After her launch, Ma’touq realized that she had been charged with inciting terrorism.

Organizations monitoring the disappearances estimate that the precise variety of lacking could be larger, as a result of kinfolk of those that’ve disappeared could be afraid to talk publicly lest it endanger their lacking relative or result in their very own arrests.

Those that do take the danger and inquire about their kinfolk would possibly discover they must pay hefty bribes to “middlemen,” “brokers,” or “mediators” for info on the whereabouts and well being of the disappeared, in line with Amnesty. The “middlemen” are normally individuals with ties to the Syrian authorities, presumably jail guards, legal professionals or former detainees. The sums relations paid for info ranged from lots of of {dollars} to tens of hundreds.

Compounding the monetary pressure for kinfolk of the lacking is the psychological and bodily misery of a lacking member of the family. Having somebody from their household disappeared isolates the household, making neighbors and kinfolk fearful that they could additionally get in hassle. A lady whose son was forcibly disappeared in 2012 advised Amnesty, “All of my kinfolk lower relations with me. We’re an entire, tight household… However they lower ties as a result of they assume our household brings danger to them.”

The Amnesty report concluded that because of the systematic and widespread nature of the enforced disappearances, and their concentrating on of civilians, they quantity to crimes in opposition to humanity.

The disappearances are only one side of the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Syria. The battle has displaced 11 million individuals — half the nation’s inhabitants — with greater than 4 million in search of refuge outdoors Syria’s borders. The character of the battle has made it arduous to trace the variety of individuals killed, however most estimates put the dying toll above 200,000.

The United Nations estimates 13.5 million Syrians are in want of humanitarian help, 4.5 million of them in hard-to-reach areas, and 393,700 in besieged areas. Syrians have additionally needed to cope with barrel bomb assaults — indiscriminate aerial assaults launched from helicopters by the Syrian authorities, and mortar or rocket assaults and automotive bombs launched by armed opposition teams.


Priyanka Boghani

Priyanka Boghani, Deputy Digital Editor, FRONTLINE