Syria bars opposition leader from foreign travel

Syria has barred opposition leader and former MP Riad Seif from leaving the country to get medical treatment, a rights group said Wednesday.

Syria bars opposition leader from foreign travel
Syria has barred opposition leader and former MP Riad Seif from leaving the country to get medical treatment, a rights group said Wednesday.

"The Syrian authorities have forbidden opposition leader Riad Seif from leaving the country to receive treatment for prostate cancer," the Syrian National Organization for Human Rights said in a statement.

The group blasted the move as "illegal and unconstitutional" and called on President Bashar Al Assad to intervene personally in the case.

Riad Seif was sentenced to five years in prison in 2001 on charges of attempting to subvert the constitution.

He was arrested along with nine other opposition figures after the short-lived "Damascus spring" of liberalization by Assad in 2001, the year after he succeeded his father Hafez who died in 2000.

AFP
Last Mod: 15 Ağustos 2007, 19:20
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