Lebanon News

Tensions high in Roumieh over investigation

Photo shows corridor inside Roumieh prison. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Tensions were running high in Roumieh Prison Tuesday after security forces transferred three inmates to a different building for an investigation, a security source told The Daily Star.

Security forces tried to transfer the inmates earlier in the day but were faced with fierce opposition from other prisoners, prompting an elite unit of the Internal Security Forces to be brought in to move the men.

The source said the three inmates were suspected of heading a ring that smuggles drugs into Roumieh, Lebanon's most notorious prison.

In a statement, the ISF said the three were accused of forming a gang inside the prison and blackmailing other inmates, adding that the judiciary had asked to interrogate them.





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