Syrians in Berlin seek release of loved ones after presidential amnesty

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By Riham Alkousaa and Kinda Makieh BERLIN/DAMASCUS (Reuters) – For ten years, Rojin Derki hoped her brother Mohammad was still alive and would one day be released from a Syrian government prison after his arrest in 2012. Yet when a presidential decree last week gave a general amnesty for prisoners, she had mixed feelings. “It’s an ugly feeling because you don’t know if he is alive, if he will be released, or if he will remember us,” Derki said, holding a photo of her brother at a sit-in on Saturday in Berlin by dozens of Syrians for political detainees. “When my mother learned about the decree…

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