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ISF to discipline members who attacked journalists

Abdel-Rahman Orabi leaves Dar al-Fatwa after being beaten by Grand Serail guards, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: The Internal Security Forces will take disciplinary measures against members who attacked journalists at the Grand Serail earlier this week.

“Along with judiciary action, the General Directorate of the Internal Security Forces will take the necessary disciplinary measures against the [members] considering that their reaction was disproportionate and the whole incident could have been avoided and dealt with in a wise manner,” the ISF said in a statement Tuesday.

The statement was in reference to the Aug. 10 incident at Dar al-Fatwa when Prime Minister Tammam Salam's guards attacked photographers and journalists after they entered the room where officials were ready to announce the election of a new grand mufti.

The ISF said police listened to the testimony of the two photographers, including a Daily Star journalist, who filed charges against the security personnel for beating them as well as two officers and three policemen who were involved in the attack.

The ISF members had filed charges against the photographer for slander and obstruction of their work

Charges were dropped against the two journalists and three of the policemen, while the rest were released on bail.





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