Assad has been fighting a 19-month revolt against his regime
People hold a rally in support of President Bashar al-Assad (portrait) in front of the US Embassy in Moscow, on October 19. Assad issued an amnesty for all crimes committed in Syria "up until today," with the notable exception of "terrorist crimes," state television said on Tuesday. © Andrey Smirnov - AFP/File
Assad has been fighting a 19-month revolt against his regime
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Last updated: October 23, 2012

Assad declares amnesty but excludes terrorists

President Bashar al-Assad issued an amnesty for all crimes committed in Syria "up until today," with the notable exception of "terrorist crimes," state television said on Tuesday.

Assad, who has been fighting a 19-month revolt against his regime, "decreed a general amnesty for crimes committed before October 23," except for those carried out by "terrorists" -- the regime's term for rebels.

The decree applies only to criminals who surrender to the authorities and not those on the run, the report said. It was not immediately clear if the amnesty includes those in prison.

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