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Syrian national Hasan Sharif, accused of terrorism, denied the charges leveled at him by the military court, despite being able to give detailed and precise information on how the Lebanese Army's Rahwa Checkpoint, in the northeastern town of Arsal, was targeted.During interviews with the Army Intelligence Sharif confirmed that he witnessed a Daesh official taking four Army soldiers hostage during the five-day battle in Arsal in 2014 .Nusra released 16 soldiers and policemen in December as part of a prisoner swap with the Lebanese state, which also involved freeing Islamists from Lebanese and Syrian prisons, but Daesh is still holding nine servicemen.Whenever Khalil purposely said the names incorrectly of those accused of being in Sharif's group, whom he denied knowing, he corrected Khalil.Army Intelligence arrested Sharif along with Syrian national Firas Jansber for being in Lebanon illegally and having information that they belong to the Nusra Front, as well as participating in attacks on the Lebanese Army positions in Arsal on August 2 .Audi asked Sharif to join his group dubbed "Katibat al-Nour" which is affiliated with Nusra Front, in return for a monthly salary of $250, and Sharif agreed.Sharif denied he participated in taking the servicemen hostage.
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