BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian authorities have released a U.S.-born blogger and press freedom campaigner who was arrested at the border while on her way to attend a conference in Jordan.
Razan Ghazzawi was detained Dec. 4 and charged last week with fomenting sectarian strife and spreading false information through a secret organization — charges punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
The Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression, where she worked, said in a statement Monday that Ghazzawi was freed Sunday night on bail.
It said that Ghazzawi would still stand trial at a later, unspecified date.
Ghazzawi, who was born in Miami, Florida, is among dozens of Syrian bloggers and activists who have been arrested in during the nine-month uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad.