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Free Sunni Brigades Twitter handler to be prosecuted

Visitors pose for photos in front of Bacchus Temple. PHOTO/Jeremy Menchik

BEIRUT: The suspected user behind the Free Sunni Brigades Twitter account is being handed over to the public prosecutor as a precursor for charges being leveled against him that include stirring sedition and instigating sectarian violence, judicial sources told The Daily Star.

The sources said Hussein al-Hussein, who operated the account from his home in Baalbek, confessed that he was responsible for publishing sectarian rhetoric on the platform, which included inciting violence against Christians.

He also acknowledged statements claiming responsibility for terrorist attacks, including car bombs that targeted areas with large Shiite populations and the Lebanese Army earlier this year.

The sources said that State Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud would follow up on the investigation and would issue the indictment with the official charges in line with judicial procedures.

ISF's Information Branch arrested Hussein in a crackdown on his Baalbek home last week.

 

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