Karim Arbaji

Karim Arbaji

Blog: http://www.akhawia.net/
Location: Damascus, Syria
33° 47' 50.6724" N, 37° 26' 29.0616" E
Status: Released
Arrested between 06 Jul 2007 and 07 Jan 2010

Syrian blogger Karim Arbaji was arrested on July 6, 2007 by military intelligence officers and was held without a trial for two years, until September 13, 2009, when he was sentenced to three years in prison for "publishing mendacious information liable to weaken the nation’s morale” under article 296 of the criminal code. Arbaji helped to run the online forum Akhawia. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information claims that Arbaji's posts on the forum prompted his arrest and conviction. Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders have reported on and condemned Arbaji's conviction.

According to the Syrian Human Rights Observatory, Karim Arbaji has received a presidential pardon on January 7th, 2010 and has been freed from jail,

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