Freed Syrian activist vows to continue fight for human rights
A day after being released on bail, Syrian activist Aktham Naisse on Tuesday vowed he would go on with his fight for human rights even though he is certain he will be convicted and return to jail.
Naisse, chairman of the Committees for the Defense of Democratic Liberties and Human Rights in Syria, was freed Monday on a 10,000 Syrian pounds (US$200) bail after a four month detention for demanding greater freedoms, The AP reported.
"I will persist, and no one has asked me to stop. They (the authorities) are fully aware that I will never retreat," Naisse noted.
"The current circumstances are conducive for more respect of human rights and for more pressure for democratic initiatives," he added.
He said he expects to be sentenced to a three-year prison term when his trial convenes Oct. 24.
Naisse was arrested April 14 on charges of spreading false information, forming an underground association with links to global human rights bodies. (albawaba.com)
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