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Syria - May 29, 2011 - 14:34

Last modified: 29 May 2011 11:34

Prominent civil society activist Rudi Osman (pictured below) has gone missing following a protest in Damascus, with friends and family fearing the 23-year-old has been forcefully disappeared and is liable to ill treatment in custody.

Osman has not been heard of since Friday when he joined protestors following prayers in Midan, a Damascus neighbourhood. His mobile is switched off.

“We fear the worst for him and want him released as soon as possible along with all the other political prisoners,” a friend and activist told Al Jazeera.

Prior to his disappearance secret police has stormed Osman’s house on a number of occasions according to his family who are searching for him.

Osman was first arrested in 2004 for two months, when he was tortured and had his finger nails pulled out.

Osman, a student of law at Damascus University, is Kurdish and does not belong to any political organisation or party.

A Facebook page has been set up by other activists calling for his release.