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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Iranian Arab with links to opposition groups arrested in Syria

Syrian authorities have arrested an Iranian Arab suspected of having links with an Iranian opposition group, The Associated Press reported Wednesday. A local human rights group has expressed concern that Mohammad Nohairi Bani-Skini, 36, will be handed over to Iran, where he could face severe punishment. Syria and Iran are close allies.

Bani-Skini, a registered refugee with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, was detained at the Department of Passports and Migration in Damascus where he had gone to stamp his passport before leaving the country.

The National Organization for Human Rights in Syria has urged Syrian authorities to release him immediately, asserting that his detention violates all international conventions.

The NOHR report could not be independently confirmed. Syrian officials do not usually comment on arrests or other security matters.

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