More than a month after the arrest of the artist Yussef Abdelki, who is an opponent of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the Syrian authorities have released him, reported his wife to AFP.
The security services arrested the Christian artist on 18 July 2013 in Tartus along with two members of the banned Communist Labour Party, Alawite Tawfiq Omran, and Druze Adnan al-Dibs.
“Yussef was released on Thursday and I spoke to him on the phone,” his wife, filmmaker Hala al-Abdallah, told AFP. “For five weeks we knew nothing about him.”
The 62-year-old painter is a member of the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change — the internal opposition which supports the principles of Syria’s 29-month uprising but rejects any foreign intervention.
Famous for his black and white paintings, he is a leading artist in Syria and the Arab world, and his arrest was widely condemned.
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AFP | Ahram Online – 23 August 2013:
Syria frees opposition artist held for month
Famous for his black and white paintings, Yussef Abdelki is a leading artist in Syria and the Arab world, and his arrest was widely condemned.
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