Lebanon News

Mukhtar, prisoner flee after fight with police

File photo of Lebanese policemen at a checkpoint in Tripoli.(REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim)

TRIPOLI, Lebanon: A prisoner managed to escape in the confusion following a fight between a local mukhtar and police outside the Justice Palace in Tripoli Thursday. The mukhtar fled and is being pursued by authorities.

The scuffle between Mina Mukhtar Abdullah al-Baqqa and police broke out after Baqqa insisted on entering the Justice Palace through an entrance reserved for lawyers.

When Baqqa roughed up a police Captain in charge of the facility’s security, he was thrashed by policemen but managed to escape, a security source told The Daily Star.

The source said an inmate from the nearby Qibbeh jail who had just been brought to the Justice Palace in response to a court summons also managed to escape the police's grasp during the uproar.

North Lebanon Prosecutor Amr Hamzi issued a warrant for Baqqa’s arrest, a move that angered fellow mukhtars, including Tripoli Mayor Nassif Kaloush, who protested.

Hamzi, however, has insisted Baqqa hands himself in to court.





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