The anti-Hezbollah preacher, whose followers clashed with the Lebanese Army in June 2013, is still on the run, while many of his followers were arrested after the clashes. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Gen. Khalil Ibrahim, announced Tuesday that it would postpone the trial of 71 people, including radical preacher Ahmad al-Assir, charged over last year's Abra clashes until Aug. 26 .The suspects, including Assir and 24 other fugitives, are accused of murdering and attempting to murder soldiers and civilians, of committing terrorist operations, possessing weapons and explosives, instigating sectarian tension and calling for sectarian fighting. If convicted, many of the detainees could face death penalty. The attacks resulted in the death of 18 Army soldiers and around 40 of Assir's followers. The Army was able to arrest 46 suspects.
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