March 14 supporters protest outside the home of former Information Minister Michel Samaha, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Several hundred supporters of March 14 parties protested outside the home of former Information Minister Michel Samaha in Beirut Friday to denounce his release from prison one day earlier.Waving flags of the Kataeb Party, the Lebanese Forces, the Future Movement and the Progressive Socialist Party, the protesters denounced Samaha as a "criminal" just meters from his home, which was blocked off by security forces. Samaha was arrested in August 2012 and convicted last year by the military court on terrorism charges after being recorded by an undercover police informant admitting to smuggling explosives from Syria into Lebanon with the intent of targeting religious and political figures.Earlier Friday, angry youths closed roads in two areas of Beirut and one area of Tripoli for a second consecutive day to protest Samaha's release.
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