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Activist released by regime detained by Ahrar al-Sham

BEIRUT: An anti-regime activist who was released by the regime in a recent prisoner exchange has detained and released by the Ahrar al-Sham Islamist rebel militia. 

Yasmine Binshi was one of several dozen detainees released in March in exchange for the freeing of a dozen Lebanese and Syrian nuns from the village of Maaloula by the Nusra Front. 

However, she was detained this month by Ahrar al-Sham while trying to cross into Turkey and then investigated and put on trial for allegedly taking part in the kidnapping and murder of a fellow activist, from the city of Latakia. 

A religious court established by Ahrar al-Sham found her innocent of the charge this week and released her. 

Binshi told pro-opposition media outlets that she was treated well by the conservative Islamist group, although she engaged in a hunger strike for a number of days to protest her detention.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 25, 2014, on page 8.

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Summary

An anti-regime activist who was released by the regime in a recent prisoner exchange has detained and released by the Ahrar al-Sham Islamist rebel militia.

Yasmine Binshi was one of several dozen detainees released in March in exchange for the freeing of a dozen Lebanese and Syrian nuns from the village of Maaloula by the Nusra Front.

However, she was detained this month by Ahrar al-Sham while trying to cross into Turkey and then investigated and put on trial for allegedly taking part in the kidnapping and murder of a fellow activist, from the city of Latakia.


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