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Syria frees democracy activist.



8/7/2008 2:02:52 PM

Syrian authorities have released Aref Dalila, a dissident who was jailed seven years ago after calling for greater public freedoms and democracy in the single party country, according to according to
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 his lawyer.Syria's National Organisation for Human Rights said the economist and campaigner was back with his family in the port city of Latakia Latakia or Lattakia (both: lătəkē`ə, lätə–), city (1995 est. pop. 320,100), capital of Latakia governorate, W Syria, on the Mediterranean Sea.  on Thursday after being granted a presidential pardon.

"Aref Dalila was freed in line with a presidential pardon after having spent seven years in jail," Ammar Qurabi of the National Organisation for Human Rights told the AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol.  news agency.

Dalila was a leader of The Damascus Spring The Damascus Spring was a period of intense political and social debate in Syria which started after the death of President Hafiz al-Asad in June 2000 and continued to some degree until autumn 2001, when most of the activities associated with it were suppressed by the government. , a movement including intellectuals and opposition figures, which campaigned for democracy when Bashar al-Assad Dr Bashar al-Assad (Arabic: بشار الأسد, , Syria's current president, succeeded his late father, Hafez al-Assad, in 2000.Security forces suppressed the movement several months later and jailed its leaders. The 68-year-old Dalila was arrested in 2001 and sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempting to change the Syrian constitution, inciting armed rebellion and spreading false information.Thursday's release came after more than two dozen Syrian and Arab human rights groups urged Syria to free Dalila, who they said was in ailing health.However, Qurabi said that Dalila was in good health.France and the United States have been leading international calls to free Dalila and other secular political prisoners in Syria.

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