Syria frees dissident economist Dalila

A human rights organisation on Saturday called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to grant an amnesty to activist Aref Dalila from his 10-year prison term, saying his health had deteriorated.

Syria  frees dissident economist Dalila

The Syrian authorities on Thursday freed dissident Aref Dalila, jailed seven years ago after calling for public freedoms and abolishing monopolies in the single party country, his lawyer said.

Dalila, an economist and leader of the Damascus Spring movement, was released from an intelligence branch and is now with his family in the port city of Latakia, Mohannad al-Hassani told Reuters.

A human rights organisation on Saturday called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to grant an amnesty to activist Aref Dalila from his 10-year prison term, saying his health had deteriorated.

The Damascus Spring, which included intellectuals and opposition figures, campaigned for democracy instead of four decades of Baath Party rule when President Bashar al-Assad succeeded his late father, Hafez al-Assad, in 2000.

Security forces crushed the movement several months later and jailed its leaders. France and the United States have been leading international calls to free Dalila, who is in poor health, and other secular political prisoners in Syria.

The Lattakia-born Dalila is a former head of the economics faculty at Damascus University.

Agencies

Last Mod: 08 Ağustos 2008, 13:08
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