Assad claims there are no political prisoners in Syria

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Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on Thursday farcically claimed there are no political prisoners in Syria, despite tens of thousands of citizens having disappeared in regime prisons. “We have laws in Syria. We do not have so-called ‘political prisoners’. This term does not exist,” Assad said in a televised interview with RT’s Arabic-language service aired Thursday. The Syrian regime has held around 130,000 citizens as political detainees since peaceful protests broke out in 2011 which after their brutal suppression led to an armed uprising. An estimated half a million people have been killed a…

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