Prominent Syrian rights defender Atassi free: lawyer

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Posted: Apr 04, 2011 4:53 AM

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian authorities have released prominent human rights defender Suhair al-Atassi, one of her lawyers said on Monday.

Atassi, who was dragged by her hair and arrested in Marjeh Square in Damascus the March 16 silent protest to demand release of political prisoners, was released just before midnight on Sunday, the lawyer said.

(Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis; Editing by Jon Boyle)