Lebanon News

Tripoli gunman released from Roumieh prison

Lebanese soldiers check identity cards at a checkpoint set up in the northern port city of Tripoli on August 5, 2014. AFP/Ibrahim Chalhoub

TRIPOLI, Lebanon: The judiciary Friday released a man who had served his sentence over his involvement in Tripoli's clashes earlier this year.

Hasan Khalaf, known as Alliza, was released from Roumieh prison, the second convict this week, prompting his supporters to fire celebratory shots in the Tripoli neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh.

A day earlier, Abou Taymour al-Dandashi, a militia leader also detained for involvement in clashes in Tripoli, was released from prison. He had served the equivalent of his sentence.

Dandashi was detained for participating in Tripoli clashes earlier this year, firing gunshots and possessing unlicensed weapons.

As part of an Army-led security plan to restore law and order to the northern city following several rounds of clashes, the military and police officers detained dozens of people suspected of involvement in the fighting.





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