Israel frees Syrian after 27 years

2012-08-22 14:00

Damascus - The longest serving Syrian prisoner in Israel has been freed after 27 years behind bars, Syria's official news agency SANA said on Wednesday.

It said Sedki al-Maket, who was arrested in August 1985 for resisting the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights, was released and had returned to his home town on the strategic plateau.

He was jailed by a military court for 27 years.

Maket, aged 45, comes from Majdal Shams, the largest town on the Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and unilaterally annexed in 1981.

The vast majority of its 18 000 Syrian inhabitants, mostly Druze, who remained from the Golan's original population of 150 000, have refused to take Israeli citizenship.

Damascus demands a total Israeli withdrawal from the Golan as the price for a peace settlement.

  • fishycraig - 2012-08-22 14:59

    Great, now he can go back to Syria. Prefer a prison in Israel myself.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-23 07:59

    Wow, so he was 18 years old at the time, resisting the occupation of his country by foreigners. The Israelis will piss off a lot of people in the Middle East that by the time they awake from their stupor, there will be no one willing to listen to their pleas.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-23 08:20

      Fidel is alienating and deluding himself with crazy beliefs, like Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. Clearly, his perspective is highly prejudiced and faulty.

      rick.kabose - 2012-08-23 08:25

      Don't worry fidel. Israel will always have friends. They easy to find. Their friends share a similar mindset,we distrust muslims(hindu's are a shoe fit kind of cindarella pal with that),we don't trust uncivilised people(even if they demand to be treated as civilised),we all believe in self determination,we believe in freedom of choice ,we believe in the rule of law(unlike the marakana strikers).We follow judeo-christian beliefs even if we athiest/secular. We have the money , so who cares if the persians/arabs/africans/leftist south americans moan and don't like Israel and her allies. Stuff them.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-23 09:25

      You have left out a few there Rick: Europeans (Norwegians, Germans, etc) and Asians, and it appears that its everyone.

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