Tripoli's Mufti Sheikh Malek Shaar arrives at the Beirut Airport upon his return from Paris, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Mufti of Tripoli and North Lebanon Sheikh Malek al-Shaar Monday ended speculation about his whereabouts telling The Daily Star he was back in his home city after a series of engagements abroad.Shaar, a prominent moderate sheikh, said he had traveled to three Arab countries to sit on panels focusing on Islamic religious affairs.The mufti said his travels had lasted for almost a month before he returned to Tripoli several days ago. The mufti, who hails from Tripoli, also commented on the recent clashes in the northern city, describing them as "futile and unjustified".
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