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Dissident jailed over articles

March 16, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

A 64-year old dissident was sentenced to three years in jail for "weakening national feelings" after he wrote articles critical of the political system, human rights activists said.

The sentencing of Habib Saleh, who has spent five years as political prisoner over two terms between 2001 and 2007, reflects a tougher approach as Syria undergoes rapprochement with the West, they said.

Saleh's lawyer said the law used against him could be invoked only if Syria was at war.

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