The Prague Municipal Court dismissed a request of the Lebanese Ali Fayad (pictured) on release from custody in Prague, Czech Republic, November 6, 2014. (CTK Photo) (CTK via AP Images)
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The U.S. Embassy in Prague Thursday blasted a decision by the Czech Republic's justice minister not to extradite a Lebanese to the U.S. to face weapons charges.The move came on the same day that five Czech citizens who went missing in Lebanon in July returned home, leading to speculation that the Czech government did a deal for their release. Prague's Municipal Court allowed the extradition of Ali Taan Fayyad, also known as Ali Amin, and two citizens of the Ivory Coast last year but Justice Minister Robert Pelikan has the final say and Thursday refused to extradite them. Court spokeswoman Marketa Puci said Fayyad and Ivoirian Merebi were released from detention following the minister's decision.The case is surrounded by a lot of unanswered questions as Fayyad's Czech lawyer was among the five Czechs who went missing, and their Lebanese driver was identified by Lebanese media as Fayyad's brother.
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