BEIRUT: Two Islamist inmates at Roumieh prison were brought for questioning Saturday over a thwarted attempt to smuggle a chemical substance into Lebanon’s largest jail, a security source said.
The source said members from the Internal Security Forces’ Information Branch transferred two Fatah al-Islam detainees from block B of the prison, where Islamists are being detained, to the police headquarters in Ashrafieh, Beirut.
On Thursday, Roumieh prison wardens arrested a police officer for trying to smuggle sandwiches filled with a chemical substance destined for a Fatah al-Islam prisoners.
Upon opening the sandwiches, the wardens found 150 grams of “carbure,” a substance that may be used as a component in making explosives among other things.
The police officer told investigators he was going to deliver the sandwiches to prisoner Charbel Shalitta, who faces the death penalty for killing a young Lebanese man in Halat, north of Beirut, last year.
Shalitta admitted he was planning to smuggle the substance to a leader of Fatah al-Islam prisoners at Roumieh.
The security source said that the two Fatah al-Islam inmates were brought to the ISF headquarters after their names were mentioned by Shalitta and the arrested officer during the investigation.