Roumieh holds several Islamist detainees awaiting trial, with the majority linked to the 2007 Fatah al-Islam battles against the Lebanese Army in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared in north Lebanon. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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While the trial of Islamist militants at Roumieh prison will be put on the front-burner in an effort to defuse the hostage crisis gripping Lebanon, rumors that prisoners will be released without trials are "baseless," sources told The Daily Star Monday.The sources said that the prisoners' trial and eventual release was aimed at ending the deadlock over the hostages' crisis.Roumieh holds several Islamist detainees awaiting trial, with the majority linked to the 2007 Fatah al-Islam battles against the Lebanese Army in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared in north Lebanon. The release of the prisoners tops the demands of militants who are holding at least 24 soldiers and policemen captive after the Nusra Front released five hostages Sunday.
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