Indian authorities release prominent Kashmir rights activist

Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir have released a prominent human rights activist from prison after a court in the disputed region ruled that his detention under a controversial security law was illegal.

Police freed Khurram Parvez on Wednesday after the court ordered his release five days earlier.

Indian authorities charged Parvez in September under the Public Safety Act, which allows detentions for up to two years without trials.

The court said Parvez had been imprisoned arbitrarily, and that authorities had abused their power by ordering his detention.

His imprisonment came during the largest protests against Indian rule in Kashmir in recent years, sparked by the July 8 killing of a popular rebel commander by Indian soldiers.