Lebanon News

Two Syrians detained for fraud in n. Lebanon

Syrian children play in front of a refugee center in the northern Akkar region of Mashta Hammoud, Lebanon, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. (Rakan al-Fakih/The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: Two Syrians were detained in north Lebanon last week over allegations of fraud, the National News Agency reported Tuesday.

The state-run NNA said State Security in the Akkar village of Halba detained Ahmad al-Mwaysy and Yaser al-Awad . The  NNA report had said that the two men were receiving assistance from U.N.’s Save the Children; but  they took the aid for themselves.

But a  statement by Save the Children International sent to The Daily Star on Wednesday clarified  that the two men were arrested because they were posing as SCI staff and the appropriate authorities were notified.

Save the Children highlighted that Mawaysy and Awad were not Save the Children staff or beneficiaries and had no connection whatsoever with the organisation. 

They were referred to the judiciary for a further investigation, the NNA said. 

This article was amended on Wednesday, May 21 2014

Upon the  request of Save the Children, this article was amended on Wednesday May 21, 2014 to clarify that the two arrested men are in no way coonected to Save the Children staff or beneficiaries and have no connection whatsoever with the organisation.

According to the organization, the two  were arrested because they were posing as Save the Children International staff and the appropriate authorities were notified.





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