Director Mohammad Malas Detained for Several Hours

Malas was arrested at the Syrian-Lebanese border on his way to Geneva

Syrian authorities have released the prominent Syrian filmmaker, Mohammad Malas, hours after he was arrested.

 

Malas was arrested at the Syrian-Lebanese border on his way to Geneva to present one of his films, according to a friend.

 

The friend, who declined to be identified, said that Malas "called me to tell me that Syrian intelligence had arrested him on the Syrian-Lebanese border," according to reports from Agence France Presse.

 

Born in 1945, Malas is a pioneering Syrian filmmaker.  His films, including several documentaries, have won him acclaim at Arab and International awards.

 

 

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