BEIRUT: The defense commission for the Lebanese kidnapped in Azaz raised their case Tuesday with the deputy head of the Shiite Higher Council, Sheikh Abdel-Amir Qabalan.
The commission, which comprises MPs, lawyers and human rights activists, is seeking the release of nine Lebanese held by Syrian rebels in the Azaz area of Allepo province near the Turkish border.
Sheikh Abbas Zoghaib, who has been commissioned by the council to follow up on the issue, said after the meeting: “The participants in the meeting hold the Turkish government responsible for the hostages’ ongoing captivity and urge the Lebanese Cabinet to refer the issue to the judicial council and ask for their case to be referred to a relevant international court.”
The participants also decided to form a committee to discuss the issue with all the relevant parties.
The nine hostages were among 11 Lebanese kidnapped in May 2012 as they returned from a pilgrimage to the Imam al-Reda shrine in Iran. Two of the hostages were released late last year