Assad declared general amnesty
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad announced general amnesty for crimes committed during the period from March 15, 2011 to January 15, 2012, Agence France-Presse reported with reference to the Syrian state news agency SANA.
As the Associated Press clarifies, the amnesty applies to those people who took part in peaceful demonstrations, as well as deserters and gun owners who do not have license for it. Nevertheless, is still unclear how many detainees from Syrian prisons will be amnestied.
According to SANA, since the start of anti-government protests in Syria, the authorities have released about four thousand prisoners. At the same time, representatives of the opposition and local human rights organizations argue that tens of thousands of people detained for involvement in anti-government demonstrations remain in prison.
The last amnesty in Syria was announced in late December 2011 - 755 prisoners were released. A month earlier, Assad released another thousand of prisoners, Lenta.ru reported.