British Columbia man detained in Syria last year freed after Lebanese mediation


A British Columbia man who was detained in Syria last year after seeking adventure in the war-ravaged country has been released.

Kristian Lee Baxter appeared at a press conference in Beirut on Friday.

He broke down in tears saying he thought he "would be there forever.''

Lebanon's General security chief, Abbas Ibrahim, says Lebanese mediation helped secure Baxter's release.

Ibrahim said Baxter had been held in Syria since last year for "violating Syrian laws.'' 

He didn't elaborate.

A statement from Global Affairs Canada says the government is "relieved'' at Baxter's release.