DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:05 P.M.) – Ahmad Nashouk, a former preacher and Sharia law chief for the Saudi-backed Jaish al-Islam rebel group has turned himself in to the Syrian government as the entire East Ghouta region fell to the Syrian Army’s control on April.
Nashouk chose to have his legal status settled and eventually joined the Ministry of Islamic Affairs as a judge.
However, opposition activists accused him of spying for the Syrian regime ever since he was a senior member of the Sharia body of Jaish al-Islam.
Before Nashouk, Sheikh Bassam Difdaa; a Sufi preacher working in the Kafr Batna neighborhood, has reportedly played an important role in surrendering several Faylaq al-Rahman-controlled areas.
Rebel groups in the East Ghouta region surrendered to the Syrian government after weeks of fierce battles and intense shelling and aerial bombardment. Militants unwilling to reconcile were evacuated to the country’s north.