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Lebanon Army denies mistreating detained preacher

A delegation of Muslim scholars speak to reporters during a protest outside the Defense Ministry on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army denied Monday recent allegations it had mistreated two detained preachers by shaving their beards.

“The Army command denies accusations by the committee of Muslim scholars concerning the two detainees Omar Atrash and Omar Juenieh known as Omar Homsi,” an Army statement said.

“Sheikh Atrash did not have a beard when he was detained. As for Juenieh, he is not a preacher and prison rules banning beards apply to non-preachers,” it added.

In a news conference Sunday, the committee of Muslim scholars accused the Army of shaving the beards of the two detainees and called for “severely punishing sectarian members of the Army.”

Juenieh, a Syrian suspected of being a terrorist financier, was detained late February while Atrash, a Lebanese preacher who confessed during military interrogation to involvement in terrorist activity, has been in detention since January.

 

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