Families of Islamist inmates at Roumieh prison hold a protest in Tripoli, Friday, January 15, 2016. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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Islamists held at the notorious Roumieh Prison announced a hunger strike Friday to protest Thursday's release on bail of ex-Information Minister Michel Samaha, as families of long-serving prisoners renewed demands for their release.Roumieh holds hundreds of Islamist prisoners who have been waiting for trials for years.The Military Court of Appeals decided Thursday to release Samaha on a conditional LL150 million ($100,000) bail after spending nearly three and a half years in prison, with stipulations imposed by the court.Samaha was first convicted by the Military Tribunal last May of plotting to assassinate political and religious figures.Meanwhile, the families of Islamist prisoners held a protest in Tripoli in solidarity with their relatives, rejecting the release of Samaha.
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