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Syria releases US-born blogger

2011-12-19 21:56

Beirut - Syrian authorities have released a US-born blogger and press freedom campaigner who was arrested at the border while on her way to attend a conference in Jordan.

Razan Ghazzawi was detained on December 4 and charged last week with fomenting sectarian strife and spreading false information through a secret organisation - charges punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

The Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression, where she worked, said in a statement on Monday that Ghazzawi was freed on Sunday night on bail.

It said that Ghazzawi would still stand trial at a later, unspecified date.

Ghazzawi, who was born in Miami, Florida, is among dozens of Syrian bloggers and activists who have been arrested in during the nine-month uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.