Lebanon News

Probe dismisses prison threat videos as ploy

BEIRUT: A preliminary probe Tuesday refuted allegations maintained by Sunni and Shiite prisoners in three Lebanese jails that they were being threatened with violence. 

“Threats inside prisons are just a game,” head of the Gendarmerie Brig. Gen. Elias Saade told a news conference Monday. 

Videos purportedly made by prisoners and recently published on YouTube showed inmates threatening fellow prisoners with torture for their sectarian allegiances linked to the Syrian crisis. 

The latest video shows at least six prisoners from a Baalbek jail clad in black and wearing black face masks facing two other inmates kneeling on the floor with their shirts pulled up. 

The disguised men, who said they belonged to the Shiite sect, could be heard threatening Sunnis with aggression if Alawites in Lebanon continue to be targeted. 

Sunni inmates at Lebanon’s Roumieh prison published a similar video in response, threatening to take violent action against Shiites if Sunni prisoners are harmed.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 08, 2014, on page 4.




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