Czech woman arrested in Syria
The Syrian secret police are reported to have arrested a Czech woman, aged 32, on suspicion of collaborating with opposition rebels. Neither her family nor the Czech Embassy in Damascus have any news about her present whereabouts. Sandra Bitarova, who has a Syrian father and a Czech mother, has permanent residence in Syria, though she also has Czech citizenship. According to her family Bitarova is not personally involved in politics and her arrest may be an attempt to put pressure on her father who is an opposition activist and a vocal critic of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.