Syrian authorities have released Canadian citizen Kristian Lee Baxter, who was reportedly arrested more than a year ago for violating Syrian laws.
Lebanon’s security chief Gen. Abbas Ibrahim announced the release of Baxter in a press conference attended by the freed captive and Emmanuelle Lamoureux, Canada’s ambassador to Lebanon.
“I want to thank the Syrian state that responded to our demand for the release of Canadian citizen Kristian Lee Baxter,” Gen. Ibrahim said during the conference.
Baxter was arrested in December of last year, a week after arriving in the war-torn country. Gen. Ibrahim said that the 44-year old Canadian man was arrested as a result of “a serious violation of the Syrian law.”
Last month, Syria released U.S. citizen Sam Goodwin, who was arrested for illegally entering the northeastern part of the country. The release of Goodwin was also secured after Lebanese efforts, led by Gen. Ibrahim.
Both the U.S. and Canada didn’t thank Damascus for the release of their citizens, which indicates that there was no agreement behind the decision to free them.