Habib Saleh

Habib Saleh

Blog: http://www.elaph.com/
Location: Tartus, Syria
35° 17' 19.2228" N, 38° 29' 45.9384" E
Status: Under Arrest
Arrested on 20 May 2008

Other arrests: Habib Saleh has already been imprisoned twice this decade, from 2001 to 2004 and from 2005 to 2007.

Habib Saleh was arrested in the northwestern city of Tartus on May 6 th, 2008, and was held in incommunicado detention for three months. On 15 March, 2009, a Damascus court has sentenced the sixty-one years old Habib Saleh to a three-year prison sentence for "weakening national sentiments" (Article 285 of the Penal Code) and "broadcasting false or exaggerated news which could affect the morale of the country" (Article 286). According to Amnesty International "The charges on which he was convicted related to several articles on domestic political issues which he had written and published on the internet and in which he had criticized policies of the Syrian government and expressed support for a prominent opposition figure."

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