A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows some of the 274 inmates being readied for release from the Damascus Central Prison on June 11, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA)
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Syria has freed after 21 years in prison a former horse rider known to have been an equestrian rival of one of President Bashar Assad's late brothers, reports said Sunday.The release of Adnan Qassar is part of a wide-reaching amnesty that Assad decreed last week, and has seen some 1,500 people freed from the war-ravaged country's prisons, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.The Assad clan has ruled Syria with an iron fist for over 40 years.Some 1,500 people have been set free from prisons across the country, most of them from Damascus, according to the Observatory.
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