Syrian court orders release of prominent blogger

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Associated Press

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 1:05 PM

BEIRUT (AP) — A lawyer for a prominent Syrian blogger convicted of spying for a foreign country says a court has ordered her release.

Lawyer Anwar al-Bunni says the Supreme State Security Court issued the order Thursday for Tal al-Mallohi's release.

Al-Bunni says al-Mallohi hasn't been freed yet, but he expects it to happen within the coming weeks.

Al-Mallohi was arrested in 2009 and sentenced to five years in prison shortly before Syria's uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011. She was 19 at the time.

Her blog focused primarily on the suffering of Palestinians. It wasn't clear if al-Mallohi's arrest was connected to the blog. It also wasn't clear if her release was tied to a hostage exchange deal that freed dozens of other Syrian women from prison this week.

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