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Rifi wants more efforts to free Lebanese in Syria

File - Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi speaks during a meeting in Beirut, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi met Tuesday with the commission tasked with following up on the case of hundreds of Lebanese believed to be detained in Syrian jails, calling for more efforts to free them.

Rifi asked the commission to resume its work “after it was forced to stop, and to pay utmost attention to this case due to its importance and sensitivity,” judicial sources told The Daily Star.

The minister also discussed with the commission, headed by Judge Joseph Maamari, how to open channels of communication with the Syrian government.

The commission also briefed the minister on its previous work and the steps it had taken before the Syrian crisis.

Around 600 Lebanese are thought to be in Syrian prisons. Eyewitness accounts and documents have indicated that many are still alive, say the families of the detained Lebanese.





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