Syrian human rights 311.
(photo credit: AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
DAMASCUS, Syria — An international human rights group on Friday urged Syrian authorities to release a political activist who made comments critical of Iran.
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Ali Abdullah of the Damascus Declaration opposition group completed a 30-month prison term in June for earlier criticism of the government.
But instead of releasing him, authorities referred him to a military
court for a new trial on charges of broadcasting false news that harms
Syria's relations with another country.
The New York-based Human Rights Watch said Abdullah had made statements from his prison cell critical of Iran.
In a statement Friday, HRW said Abdullah's prosecution violates his
right to engage in peaceful political comment. It called for his