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Lebanon detains nine inmates for video threats

File photo of Roumieh prison, northeast of Beirut. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Lebanon detained Wednesday nine inmates allegedly involved in threatening fellow prisoners with videos at two jails, a judicial source said.

Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr ordered the arrest of five inmates in Lebanon’s Roumieh Prison for fabricating fake videos aimed at provoking sectarian violence.

Saqr also ordered the arrest of four inmates at the Qibbeh jail in the northern city of Tripoli for blackmailing the brother of a fellow Alawite inmate into sending them money. The brother, after watching a YouTube video of inmates threatening to kill his jailed sibling, provided the prisoners with money, the source added.

Investigation was ongoing into another video purportedly showing Shiite prisoners threatening Sunnis with aggression if Alawites in Lebanon continue to be targeted.

The video that was published on YouTube 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.

 

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