A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows some of the 274 inmates being processed prior to their release from the Damascus Central Prison on June 11, 2014. "AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA"
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The jailed daughter of a prominent Syrian prisoner of conscience was released Wednesday under a general amnesty announced two days earlier, a human rights lawyer told AFP.Tens of thousands of other detainees held under Syria's controversial anti-terror law remain imprisoned despite the amnesty.Raneem is the daughter of Khalil Maatuq, a prominent Syrian lawyer, who is still being held in one of the country's notorious security branches.Her release comes two days after President Bashar al-Assad announced a wide-ranging amnesty, which was unprecedented because it pledged pardon for people sentenced under a July 2012 anti-terror law that has seen tens of thousands jailed over the course of the revolt.Shammas said he did not know whether any other prominent activists have been released.
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