When kids spy

Or how do you sentence a teenager to 5 years of prison because she has a blog right after you just decided that bogging is “allowed”.

“Syrian woman blogger Tal al-Mallouhi has been sentenced to five years in prison by a state security court, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement on Monday.

“The state security court in Damascus today condemned blogger Tal al-Mallouhi to five years in prison after finding her guilty of divulging information to a foreign country,” it said in a statement received in Nicosia.

Mallouhi, a 19-year-old high school student, had been accused of spying for the United States embassy in Cairo, a charge denied by Washington which called for her “immediate release” on Saturday.”

Spying for US embassy in Cairo? I suppose that anti-Israeli poetry she posted is a sophisticated spy code we read about in the 007 novels. And the save Al Quds text hides a secret message that’s actually friendly to the US.
I read the blog, I found it boring. Yes, it was forbidden to blog about anything in Syria when she was arrested, but the law banning blogging expired a few days ago.
The problem with all these trials is that they happen in a state security court, where everything is secret. You don’t know if they had evidence and you don’t know if the judge was drunk when he made the decision (he might as well have been, his decision can’t be attacked).


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