*IMPORTANT UPDATE 17 JAN 2013*
I’ve received an email from Cat Lucas at English PEN.
Sadly, she says that her Middle Eastern Researcher believes 100% that Tal al-Mallouhi is still in prison and that the report of her freedom (below) to be a FAKE used TO UNDERMINE CAMPAIGNS on her behalf. Obviously, then, we’ll continue to follow and support Tal’s case.
PLEASE DO NOT STOP SUPPORTING HER CASE AS A RESULT OF THIS REPORT.
Original post: 25 December 2010
We have heard unconfirmed reports today that Tal al-Mallouhi, named by the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information as “the youngest prisoner of conscience in the Arab world,” has been freed by the FSA. Previously this month, the FSA has been seeking a prisoner exchange for her and Lt. Col. Hussein Harmoush.
Exciting if it’s true – more as we hear it.
Updated: 2 hours later (2:14, 16.12.12)
This interview with Haithem al-Maleh seems to confirm this news.
According to a member of YorkPEN, this image of Tal al-Mallouhi has been circulating for a few days and apparently shows her in some sort of regime facility outside the prison. If the reports are true, al-Mallouhi will have narrowly avoided the anniversary of her third year in prison after her arrest on the 27th December 2009 – when she was 17 years old – over her political poetry regarding the Middle East.
*The ‘freed’ Tal al-Mallouhi, NOW THOUGHT TO BE FALSE*