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Syria releases key opposition figure

Arab World Materials 23 September 2011 15:49
Syria releases key opposition figure
Syria releases key opposition figure

Syrian authorities on Friday released Mohamed Saleh, a prominent opposition figure who had been detained in the central city of Homs, according to rights groups, dpa reported.

Saleh was arrested on Thursday following a phone call from someone posing as an Al Jazeera journalist who had requested an interview, said the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Shortly before his detention, Saleh had met with a group of Russian lawmakers during their visit to Homs and had asked them to assist the Syrian opposition.

Saleh has in the past been jailed for 12 years in Syria.

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