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Syrian Given 12 Yrs For Talking With US Officials

From a not very outraged BBC News:




Syrian reformer ‘jailed 12 years’

A Syrian court has reportedly sentenced a leading dissident to 12 years in jail for undermining national security after he visited the US.

Kamal Labwani was arrested in 2005 when he returned to Damascus after meeting US officials in Washington

Correspondents say Dr Labwani looked shocked for a few seconds as the judge pronounced the verdict, then gave a faint smile and raised his fist in the air, without speaking.

His wife Samar whispered: “It is too much.

Other stunned relatives in the courtroom murmured, “Allahu Akbar (God is great).”

“I think what we’re seeing today is another symbol of the peaceful opposition to the Syria regime being punished for their views,” said Nadim Houri, Syria researcher with Human Rights Watch.

The judge reportedly told the court that the charges of contacting a foreign country, passing on messages and encouraging attack against Syria, could have carried a life sentence with hard labour.

The 50-year-old physician has been imprisoned by the authorities in the past for his activities as founder of the Democratic Liberal Gathering

Er…

The judge reportedly told the court that the charges of contacting a foreign country, passing on messages and encouraging attack against Syria, could have carried a life sentence with hard labour…

Ms. Pelosi?

By the way, aren’t these the same Syrians who we are told have wanted to negotiate with the US all these years, but were ignored by our arrogant (Republican) leaders?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 10th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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