Syria arrests Human Rights leader

Daniel Saud, head of the Committees for the Defense of Democracy, Freedoms and Human Rights in Syria, was arrested and moved to a secret location. His lawyer, Khalil Maatouk, said so.

Saud was taken from his home in Baniyas last night. He was arrested despite the decree through which Syrian president Bashar al Assad put an end, last Thursday, to a state of emergency that lasted for 50 years.

Saud’s arrest – his lawyer pointed out – “means the security services are still operating”. Maatouk was referring to the notorious Syrian intelligence, Mukabarat. .

President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday decreed an end to emergency rule, in force in Syria for nearly 50 years. AGI