Members of March 14 parties gather around former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora in Martyr's Square in Downtown Beirut, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. (The Daily Star/Dalati & Nohra)
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Prominent March 14 figures rallied Saturday across from the grave of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in Downtown Beirut to express their outrage over the military court's decision to release ex-Information Minister Michel Samaha on bail."How is it possible for men to be held for years in prison on suspicion of crimes without trials, while a criminal who admitted to his crime goes free?" Siniora asked.He also called on lawyers and judges across Lebanon to observe a minute of silence at 12:00 p.m. Monday in all courts in protest of Samaha's release. Several hundred supporters of March 14 parties protested outside Samaha's home in Beirut Friday to denounce his release from prison.He was sentenced to four and a half years in prison, but the verdict was annulled after an appeal was filed following complaints from March 14 figures that his sentence was too light.The court then granted him release on bail pending a retrial.
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