Syrian Dissident Freed After Seven Years In Prison

Syrian opposition figure Aref Dalila has been released from jail after a seven-year detention under a presidential amnesty, the head of a human-rights organization said on Thursday. Dalila, a 68-year-old economist, was arrested in September 2001 along with nine other opposition activists and jailed in July 2002 for trying to "modify the Constitution and denigrate the state."
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