Syrian military police chief Gen. Abdulaziz al-Shalal confirmed in a video released Wednesday that he deserted.

The Syrian National Council, the main exile opposition group, had announced the general's desertion on Tuesday.

"I am announcing my desertion from the regime's army and my joining the revolution of the people," Al-Shalal said in the video.

The general is shown sitting and wearing his military uniform.

"The army has abandoned its main mission, which was to protect the country, and has turned into gangs that murder, destroy cities and towns, and commit massacres among our innocent people, who are out seeking liberty," Al-Shalal said.

The military police chief is one of the highest-ranking Syrian officers to desert the Assad regime. EFE