BEIRUT: Investigative Judge Ghassan Oueidat rejected Thursday prominent Druze businessman Bahij Abu Hamzeh’s appeal to be released after he was charged with fraud and breach of trust.
Abu Hamzeh was interrogated that day in the presence of his lawyer Bahij Abu Mujahid and head of the Safa football team and his lawyer. His file was then transferred to the court of appeals.
Oueidat recommended a three-year sentence for Abu Hamzeh in May on the charges that were based on a lawsuit filed by Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt and the Safa football team, which is sponsored by the Druze leader.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 04, 2014, on page 4.