A clean-shaven Shaker speaks to LBCI. (The Daily Star/You Tube grab)
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A beardless Fadel Shaker has emerged from hiding, renouncing the Salafist beliefs that have had the former singer on the run from the law since 2013 . Lawyer in tow, Shaker has disputed the veracity of the terrorism charges leveled at him by authorities. Shaker was allegedly alongside firebrand preacher Ahmad al-Assir and his militia when the group fought pitched battles with the Lebanese Army in Sidon during the summer of 2013, resulting in the deaths of 20 soldiers and 28 gunmen loyal to Assir.Assir's most notorious protege, Shaker previously alleged that he had personally killed two members of the army during the 2013 attacks. First Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda handed down indictments following the clashes, requesting the death penalty for 57 individuals, including Shaker and Assir, who remains at large. However, Shaker's lawyer did not dismiss all the charges against her client, especially those relating to negative remarks made about the Lebanese Army.Asked whether Shaker could be found innocent and released by a Military Court, like some of the other Abra suspects, Khansa contended that it was possible, especially if it can be shown that he did not commit the crimes he is accused of.
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