Syrian president declares amnesty for prisoners

June 9, 2014 12:06 PM

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DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad declared a general amnesty Monday for prisoners in the country, state media reported.

It was not clear how many — if any — prisoners would be freed after the presidential decree, issued just five days after Assad had won a third, seven-year term in office amid the 3-year-old civil war in his country.

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