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Syrian president declares amnesty for prisoners; unclear if political detainees included
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, June 9, 2014 7:55 AM EDT
Syrian state media reports that President Bashar Assad has declared a general amnesty for prisoners in the country.
It was not clear how many — if any — prisoners will be freed.
The report Monday by the state-run SANA news agency did not say if the amnesty would apply to the tens of thousands of opposition supporters and their relatives activists say are held in the country.
SANA's report suggested it would reduce prisoners' sentences without freeing them. Government officials could not be immediately reached to explain the decision.
Syria's pro-government Al Ikhbariya television station quoted the justice minister as saying that the presidential decree was issued in the "context of social tolerance and national unity."