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Judge rejects bail for ex-Jumblatt business aide

File - Bahij Abou Hamzeh. (The Daily Star/Stringer)

BEIRUT: Ghassan Oweidat, the first investigative judge of Beirut, turned down Monday a request to release prominent Lebanese businessman Bahij Abu Hamzeh, a former aide of Walid Jumblatt, on bail.

A judicial source told The Daily Star Oweidat decided to keep Abu Hamzeh in custody for the court to decide.

Oweidat heard two witnesses testify in the case Monday, the source added.

Abu Hamzeh, once a close ally of Jumblatt, was arrested earlier this month on charges of embezzlement filed by a football team sponsored by the Progressive Socialist Party leader.

 

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