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Syria jails activist for D.C. meetings

A human rights activist was sentenced to 12 years in prison yesterday for meeting with Bush administration officials at the White House during a 2005 visit to Washington. Kamal Labwani, a Syrian physician and democracy advocate, was convicted of “contacting a foreign country, passing on messages and encouraging attack against Syria,” according to local reports, which noted that a maximum sentence could have been a lifetime of hard labor. The sentence came as President Bashar Assad warned of growing political and military instability in the Middle East in his annual address to the Syrian parliament. Full Story

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