Muslim Scholars protest Atrashe's detention (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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More than a dozen Muslim scholars protested Sunday outside Lebanon's Defense Ministry and called 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 Omar Atrash on false accusations and that the preacher had merely been helping Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The Army deployed heavily in the Baabda town of Yarze ahead of the protest to prevent the group from reaching the ministry.The sheikhs left the sit-in once they were given a Monday appointment to meet with the head of Army Intelligence, Brig.
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