File - Sheikh Ahmad Assir, center, and his bodyguard Ali Abdel Wahad, right, attend a protest in Sidon, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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First Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda issued indictments Friday in the case of firebrand Sheikh Ahmad Assir and his supporters, who orchestrated deadly clashes with the Army last June, demanding the death penalty for the fugitive preacher.Abu Ghayda requested the death penalty for 57 individuals including Assir and former pop singer Fadel Shmandar, known as Fadel Shaker, who also remains at large. Abu Ghayda also ordered the release of seven detainees related to the case.The Army took over the district after a one-day battle which killed more than 20 soldiers along with 28 gunmen loyal to Assir. While Assir and Shaker remain at large, many others involved were arrested. Abu Ghayda referred the case and the suspects to the Military Tribunal.
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