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Six policemen, three inmates charged with extortion

Photo shows corridor inside Roumieh prison. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Lebanon's Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr Thursday charged six detained policemen and three inmates from Roumieh Prison with extortion, judicial sources told The Daily Star.

The charged inmates and policemen, all guards at Lebanon’s largest prison, were collaborating to blackmail other prisoners in exchange for services such as allowing them to make phone calls or providing them with cigarettes, the sources said.

Saqr referred those charged to Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda.

Corruption is common in Roumieh, and in the past, guards at the notorious prison in the country have been charged with helping inmates gain access to drugs or even escape.

 

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