BEIRUT: General Security vowed Wednesday to pursue terrorists, smugglers and residency-law violators, and announced its personnel had made nearly 75 arrests in recent weeks. “We will not slacken in pursuing members of smuggling and counterfeit networks and those violating the residency law in Lebanon and bringing them to justice,” General Security said in a statement.
The statement said between Aug. 26 and Sept. 17 General Security arrested 73 individuals of various nationalities for committing a range of criminal acts.
Eight people were charged for terrorism, two for arms trading and smuggling of goods and one man over collaborating with a foreign security body.
General Security urged Lebanese and residents living in Lebanon to “comply with the laws.”
Separately, robberies and the confiscation of counterfeit banknotes topped Wednesday’s police reports.
In the Bekaa Valley, police arrested Syrian Abdul-Wahhab Ramadan for circulating counterfeit banknotes in Zahle. He was handed over to the Financial Crimes Department.
The Information Branch of the Internal Security Forces detained a man, identified by his initials A. G., for allegedly stealing several cars in the area of Barr Elias and selling them in exchange for drugs.
In Hamra, a man was arrested on a warrant for issuing a bad check, and in Ramlet al-Baida, two men were arrested for possessing illegal pills.
In Baalbek, two armed men impersonating security personnel mugged Syrian national Abdul-Mohsen Salama Musa, making off with LL70,000, police reports said.
In Jezzine, thieves broke into the shrine of Saint John the Baptist in the village of Karkha and stole several items.