|Minister of the Interior|
14 April 2011
|Prime Minister||Adel Safar
Riyad Farid Hijab
Wael Nader al-Halqi
|Preceded by||Said Mohammad Sammour|
|Commander of the Military Police|
? – 14 April 2011
|Born||1950 (age 63–64)
|Political party||Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party|
Mohammad Ibrahim al-Shaar (Arabic: محمد إبراهيم الشعار) (born 1950) is a Syrian military leader who was later named Syrian minister of the interior.
Shaar joined the armed forces in 1971 and held a number of security positions, including chief of the military police in Aleppo and was the director of Sednaya prison. He was the commander of the military police prior to being appointed minister of interior.
On 9 May 2011, the European Union (EU) placed sanctions on al Shaar along with 12 others. The Official Journal of the European Union states the reason for sanctions against him as involvement in violent treatment of demonstrators. Swiss government also put him into sanction list in September 2011, citing the same reason given by the EU.
Reports of death or injury
On 18 July 2012, there were conflicting reports on his fate, with CNN reporting that Syrian state run television confirmed that Shaar was killed following a bombing at the National Security headquarters in Damascus. However, later state TV reported that he survived although wounded. Additional reports stated that he, along with the country's intelligence chief, was in stable condition.
On 19 December 2012, reports surfaced that Shaar had been admitted to the American University in Beirut hospital in Lebanon a few days earlier, after sustaining unspecified injuries in a bombing. The attack took place in front of the ministry of interior in Damascus on 12 December, killing several and injuring more than 20. Shaar's injuries were not believed to be serious.
On 26 December 2012, Shaar was reported to have cut short his treatment in Beirut due to a belief that he might be arrested by Lebanese officials for his role in a Syrian crackdown in 1986 and that he may be subject to international arrest warrants. He then returned to Damascus.
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Said Mohammad Sammour