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Two Assir supporters charged with attempted murder
File - Sheikh Ahmad Assir, center, and his bodyguard Ali Abdel Wahad, right, attend a protest in Sidon, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
File - Sheikh Ahmad Assir, center, and his bodyguard Ali Abdel Wahad, right, attend a protest in Sidon, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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BEIRUT: Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr charged two supporters of fugitive Salafist Sheikh Ahmad Assir Thursday with attempted murder and inciting sectarian strife, judicial sources told The Daily Star.

The sources said Saqr charged Mohammad al-Err and Salah Alaeddine, who were recently arrested by the Lebanese Army over the June clashes between Assir’s supporters and the military in the Sidon suburb of Abra.

Charges also included forming an armed gang with the aim of committing crimes against people and their property, undermining state authority and harming the state’s prestige.

Assir and dozens of his supporters have been charged with the same accusations earlier this year.

However, the 45-year-old preacher remains at large.

The Army engaged in deadly clashes with Assir’s armed supporters in June, with the fighting leaving at least 18 soldiers and 28 gunmen dead.

Saqr referred the case of the charged two to Investigative Judge Riyad Abu Ghayda.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 27, 2013, on page 3.
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