File- Salafist Sheikh Omar Bakri attends a protest in support of jailed Islamists in Beirut, Friday, April 20, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The Military Court of Cassation Thursday rejected an appeal by Salafist preacher Sheikh Omar Bakri Fustoq against his prison sentence over terrorism charges, media reports said.Fustoq was sentenced to three years with hard labor last month after being convicted of adopting an extremist jihadi ideology, inciting attacks against the Army and encouraging the formation of an Islamic emirate in Lebanon. The sheikh, detained last May, is set for release in August 2016, since Lebanon's prison year is nine months. Three other people, one Lebanese and two Syrians, were charged with belonging to ISIS and planning to commit terrorist acts in Lebanon.
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