Muslim Scholars protest Atrashe's detention (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said Sheikh Omar Atrash, arrested by the Army last week, admitted he was also involved in a twin suicide attack on an Army checkpoint in Sidon last month that killed one soldier.Atrash hails from the Bekaa Valley town of Arsal. Edmond Fadel, the Army Intelligence director general, turned down a request sent by a delegation of the Muslim Scholars Committee to meet Atrash in prison or to allow his lawyer be present during his interrogation.Amama said he believed Atrash was forced to make his confession, adding that he would only believe it was true if Atrash had made it in the presence of his lawyer.More than a dozen members of the Muslim Scholars Committee protested outside the Defense Ministry Sunday, calling for the release of Atrash.
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