Syria reportedly detains prominent rights activist

Syria reportedly detains

October 15, 2009 16:22

A veteran 78-year-old lawyer and activist has been detained by security agents, Syrian human rights organizations said Thursday. In a joint statement, the eight groups said Haitham al-Maleh was summoned by security for unknown reasons on Wednesday and had not been seen since. Al-Maleh was imprisoned from 1980 until 1986 after he demanded constitutional reforms. He was sentenced by a military court in 2006 to 10 years in prison for insulting a government employee. Thursday's statement described al-Maleh's detention as "shocking" and called on Syrian authorities to release al-Maleh unconditionally.

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