A delegation of Muslim scholars speak to reporters during a protest outside the Defense Ministry on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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More than a dozen Muslim scholars protested Sunday outside Lebanon's Defense Ministry, calling for the release of a Sunni preacher who was detained last week for alleged links to groups behind recent car bombings in the country.Speaking on behalf of the Muslim scholars, Sheikh Khaled al-Arfe said the military had arrested Sheikh Omar Atrash on false accusations. He said Atrash had merely been helping Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Atrash is also suspected of planning two rocket attacks last May that wounded four people in the Beirut southern suburb of Shiyah.Another scholar said Atrash should have a lawyer present during the investigation, claiming that the sheikh was being beaten and intimidated during questioning.
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