Detainees in a Syrian prison run by opposition forces say that they are being treated compassionately.
Yehya al-Zamm and six others were kidnapped five months ago.
They complain of boredom rather than physical abuse.
“I’m a little bored - here there is a room, a kitchen…it’s a prison but with features,” said al-Zamm.
He hails from the Shiite-dominated village of Nobl, which is one of two in Aleppo’s suburb that is not a Sunni majority.
Detainees feel a sense of prejudice as they do not understand why they were arrested.
“Many persons face injustice… I did nothing; I didn’t support the regime or the revolution,” complained al-Zamm.
The commander of the prison, Ali Bello, admits that Yehya Al-Zamm is not part of the Shabbiha or the regime’s thugs - and is not involved with the Syrian government.
He bolstered claims that no torture was being used.
“Nobody will believe this not you, the regime or their parents, we are sure, but even before arresting him we knew that he did nothing in order to be tortured.”
The kidnapping of al-Zamm and other detainees has caused concern in their home villages but no negotiation for the release of prisoners talks have been initiated.