Syrian authorities free human rights activist after brief detention

Syrian authorities on Monday released a human rights activist who was detained last week while on his way to Egypt, a rights group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human rights said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press that that Jihaduddine Salim al-Msouti, 59, was detained Thursday while on his way to Cairo to attend a human rights workshop. SOHR welcomed al-Msouti's release and called on the Syrian authorities to stop such measures and unconditionally free all political prisoners. The group said that al-Msouti is a former detainee who spent more than 11 years in prison for his political activities and has health problems.