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Lebanon judge issues additional warrants in hoax video

File - A view of Lebanon's Roumieh prison on Sept. 26, 2012. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Judge Sami Sader issued Thursday additional arrest warrants against two detainees in a north Lebanon prison for complicity in blackmailing a Jordanian prisoner and his brother, part of the investigation into hoax videos inciting sectarian violence.

The additional arrest warrants raise the number to six prisoners in Qibbeh Prison who blackmailed the brother of a Jordanian inmate by sending him a hoax video. In the video, the prisoners staged torturing and threatening to kill the Jordanian national.

The brother wired $5,000 from Jordan to Lebanon through Western Union where a man outside the prison received the money on behalf of the prisoners.

Investigators are searching for the man who received the money.

A day earlier, Investigative Judge Fadi Sawwan ordered the detention of five inmates in Roumieh Prison for another hoax video where they fabricated the torture of a Shiite man.

The hoax prompted tit-for-tat videos threatening violence against Sunni and Shiite inmates.





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