Video footage shows Muhammad Bayazid discussing ‘assassination’ plan to help generate publicity for anti-Assad film

Doubts have emerged over the story of a Syrian filmmaker who claimed to have survived a murder attempt in Istanbul last month, after videos were published in which he appears to be planning the attempt on his own life to generate publicity for his anti-Assad film.

Muhammad Bayazid said he was stabbed while going to meet a potential financial backer for his film, a dramatised account of a political prisoner who spent years in Syria’s infamous dungeons.

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