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Syrian President Bashar Assad declares general amnesty for prisoners
Syrian President Bashar Assad declares general amnesty for prisoners

Syrian President Bashar Assad, who won reelection last week amid the country's three-year civil war, issued a general amnesty for prisoners Monday. The Syrian state news agency SANA reported that the wide-ranging edict included the commuting of death sentences to life sentences, reduction of life sentences to 20 years, and some pardons. The amnesty covers many prisoners held for violations of Syria's counter-terrorism law, which was introduced in July 2012 and gave authorities sweeping powers to apprehend individuals for crimes such as "spreading false news" or "promoting causes that would weaken national feeling or awaken sectarian bias," the news agency...

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