Jumblatt rejected any swap deal with the Islamist inmates over fears this “could lead to chaos and undermine Army morale.” (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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MP Walid Jumblatt criticized Lebanon's judiciary for delaying the trials of the Islamist militants detained in Roumieh, stressing on the need to speed up the trials and avoid engaging in an exchange deals with extremist groups.Jihadists are holding at least 23 soldiers and policemen captive after the Nusra Front released five hostages Sunday.Political sources, speaking to The Daily Star, described as "very significant" the meeting held in the presence of Magistrate Jean Fahed, the head of the Higher Judicial Council who oversees the trials of Islamist prisoners in Roumieh.During the meeting, Fahed said the trials were underway, and 22,000 out of the 36,000 total charges pressed against Islamist detainees had been processed, with some acquittals.
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