Nearly 300 Syrian prisoners freed: TV

2012-07-10 21:07

Damascus - The Syrian authorities freed 275 prisoners on Tuesday who were "involved" in the popular uprising against President Bashar Assad, state TV reported.

"The authorities have freed 275 prisoners involved in recent incidents, but none of them have blood on their hands," the state broadcaster said.

More than 4 000 people have been set free in seven rounds since the start of the uprising in March last year, including 1 000 in May alone, according to official Syrian media.

The last round, on 1 June, saw 223 people set free "in the presence of the [UN truce] monitors," deputy UN spokesperson Eduardo del Buey said at the time.

Releasing detainees is a requisite of the six-point peace plan brokered by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, as is the ceasefire agreement that came into effect on 12 April but has suffered daily violations ever since.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says tens of thousands of people have been detained and more than 17 000 killed since March 2011.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-10 21:27

    This assad psychopath, lets 4000 prisoners out through the back door, and pushes 10 000 'new' prisoners through the front door. Their "crime" ??; They oppose this corrupt , evil assad family of terrorists !!!

      Tony Lapson - 2012-07-10 23:56

      Patrick. In the last year approximately 10000 civilians have been killed. That is since the "Arab spring" in Syria started in March 2011. The people started revolting against the dictatorship by their own accord. I am also not a fan of America, but it is pointless to try and pin every problem in the Middle-east on them. The biggest involvement they had in the uprising was via twitter and Facebook. Freedom of speech on the Internet.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-11 05:14

      Patrick, While you were busy typing, all you silly, childish anti Western comments, not only were 17 000 Syrians killed, mainly UNARMED civilians, but tens of thousands were arrested, beaten up, jailed and tortured!! Check it out with the UN observers on the ground, HRW, Amnesty International, etc

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-11 05:18

      And Patrick, If this assad terrorist believed he had the majority of the population behind him, he would not hold elections ????? And call the rest of the world to come and witness his victory ??? Even a psychopath would do so. But the reality is, that if there were free and fair elections, he would not get more than 5 % of the vote. THAT is the reason , dictators don't hold elections. YOUR COMMENTS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SYRIAN POPULATION , BUT YOU MERELY "USE" THESE PEOPLE TO SPEW OUT YOUR ANTI WESTERN FEELINGS! THATS ALL !!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-11 08:07

      If the USA are 'absolute angels' or not, is totally irrelevant. This is a matter of the Syrian people and 'their' dictator. They want to get rid of him, much sooner than later! Like in Tunesia, Egypt and Libya, 24 hours after their tyrant gets out, dead or alive, 95 % of the killings will stop stop !!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-11 08:49

      You hold the same immature core anti-West belief that the West is evil as Fidel. This is why you don't have a view. There's nothing in what you have written other than the West is evil.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-11 08:52

    "Releasing detainees is a requisite of the six-point peace plan brokered by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan," Well done to the Syrian government for showing its commitment to the six-point peace plan. It was about time that these terrorists reciprocated.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-11 09:21

      Yes, but they 'forgot' to put in their plan, at the same time , not to arrest another 10 000 !!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-11 15:55

      There's nothing to discuss with Fidel for as long as he holds an immature core belief that the West is evil.

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