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Rai calls for speedy trials, prison reform

Cardinal Beshara Rai kisses the foot of one of the prisoners for the traditional "Washing of the feet" during Holy Thursday in Roumieh Prison, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Maronite Cardinal Beshara Rai called Thursday on Lebanese authorities to speed up trials of detainees, improve prison conditions and issue amnesties for the elderly and the sick.

Rai said he hoped Lebanon would issue “an amnesty for the elderly and sick people who cannot tolerate prison."

He called for the establishment of a joint body by the relevant ministries to oversee prisons and urged for the separation of inmates.

Rai also underlined the need to “classify prisoners based on their crime.”

His remarks were made during a visit to Roumieh prison, north of Beirut, to mark Holy Thursday.

Rai celebrated the event by washing the feet of inmates.





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