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Lebanon judge seeks death penalty for 32 suspects

A Lebanese Army helicopter flies over buildings as soldiers are deployed as part of a security plan for the city for a second day in the Sunni Muslim Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood in Tripoli, northern Lebanon April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim

BEIRUT: Lebanon Military Investigative Judge Fadi Sawan requested Monday the death penalty for 32 suspects allegedly involved in armed clashes in the northern city of Tripoli.

In the indictment, Sawan accused the 32 men of taking part in armed clashes in Tripoli and of forming an “armed gang" with the intention of killing and intimidating people and undermining the authority of the state.

Only three of the suspects are in custody, a judicial source told The Daily Star.

Sawan referred the case to the military tribunal for trial.

Hundreds of people have been killed and scores wounded in at least 20 rounds of violence between the rival Tripoli neighborhoods of Sunni-dominated Bab al-Tabbaneh and the largely Alawite Jabal Mohsen since 2008.

 

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