BEIRUT: A lawyer for a suspect accused of firing rockets into Israel requested Tuesday that his client be released, saying attacks on the country falls under the framework of the resistance.
"What Atweh has done is a resistance act against the Israeli enemy, guaranteed by the ministerial statement of the current government that gave every Lebanese the right to resist until the occupied land is liberated,” Tareq Shandab said in his request, which was sent to to Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi and State Prosecutor Samir Hammoud.
"Firing rockets into Israel falls within the framework of resistance against Israel. There should not be selectivity when it comes to the resistance and for one party to do so while others are punished.”
Shandab said that Hussein Atweh had been detained for 12 days without charge and demanding his release.
The lawyer said the detention period violated Article 47 of the Criminal Trials Law, which stipulates that detention should be no longer than 48 hours, subject to a one-time extension.
He called on the judiciary to treat Atweh "as a resistance fighter" and asked for his release.
The justice minister promised Shandab he would look into the matter.
The Lebanese Army arrested Atweh, a member of Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya, earlier this month at a hospital in the Bekaa Valley. He reportedly confessed to being behind the firing of one of several rockets from south Lebanon that have landed in Israel in recent weeks, prompting the Jewish state to retaliate and use at least 25 artillery shells on southern Lebanese villages.
Atweh told interrogators that he fired the rocket in response to Israel’s aggression against Gaza.