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Michel Kilo released

May 20th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Politics

michel_kilo4Syrian opposition activist Michel Kilo has been released from prison.

He was sentenced for three years in 2007 for leading the Beirut-Damascus Declaration – a document which called for major reforms in Syria.

Kilo was critical of Syria’s role in Lebanon pre-2005 and angry at the collapse in Syrian-Lebanese relations after the Hariri killing. He also called for changes inside Syria too.

He has written for the Lebanese anti-Syrian newspaper An-Nahar which was run by Jubran Tueni who was killed in a car bomb in Beirut.

Kilo left Adra prison in Damascus at midnight last thursday, and was then held by the security services. They, too, have now released him.

A total of five journalists are in prison in Syria.

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  • 1 Dania // May 20, 2009 at 12.24 am

    “Kilo left Adra prison in Damascus at midnight last thursday, and was then held by the security services.”
    So he isn’t really released yet, is he?

    maybe they think that he needs some “orientation” and “good advice” before he is sent home!!!

  • 2 Sasa // May 20, 2009 at 12.26 am

    Thanks for your comment Dania. I’ve made it more clear now – he has been released from jail, and from the security services.

  • 3 Rime // May 20, 2009 at 1.26 am

    There are several mistakes in your post, most important of which being the date of his arrest (it was May 2006), the length of his sentence (three years), and the document he signed which got him in jail (not the Damascus Declaration, but the Damascus-Beirut Declaration).

    It’s a very strange post in all, with no sources and merely “reasons” why he could have been irritating for the authorities, with no real information about the background of this very decent, very respectable and patriotic man.

    Who are the total of 5 journalists? Can you name them/source please?

  • 4 Sasa // May 20, 2009 at 1.36 am

    Rime, come on, read the post please. I said he was sentenced in 2007, not arrested. I know very well when he was arrested because I wrote about that too (if you clicked on the second link below the post you will see that was dated May 15th, 2006).

    I stand corrected on the name of the document and the length of sentence – thanks I’ve corrected it. But I think you, too, are wrong in something: it was the Beirut-Damascus Declaration, not vice-versa.

    If you want to write about his background, I’ll leave that to you. When a story breaks, it’s not normally the time to write about someone’s background.

    Reporters Sans Frontiers says there are five journalists in jail: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=31369

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