White House: Syria should release detained human rights lawyer

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October 24, 2009 20:45

The White House said Saturday that it was deeply concerned about the arrest of a 78-year-old human rights lawyer in Syria and called for an end to what it calls the Syrian government's "practice of arbitrary arrests." International rights groups said they believe Haitham al-Maleh was detained by a Syrian intelligence agency after he criticized the government in an interview earlier this month. The White House said that Syria should show its commitment to international legal norms by releasing Maleh and other Syrians who have been wrongly imprisoned.

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