Nigerian Torture Survivor Freed!
Mohammed Hasan al-Labwani, who was arrested on August 18 in al-Zabadani, near Damascus, has now been reunited with his family. He was charged by an investigating judge with “weakening national sentiment” (Article 285 of the Syrian Penal Code), “broadcasting false and exaggerated news which could affect the morale of the country” (Article 286) and a third charge related to participation in riots (Article 335). He is awaiting his next hearing, which is scheduled for 8 October 2011.
Ramesh Agrawal, one of the two human rights defenders and environmental rights campaigners who has spent two months in the state of Chhattisgarh, was released on bail on the night of 12 August. He and Dr Harihar Patel had been arrested on false charges on 28 May.