Samaha and his two daughters receive well-wishers at their Ashrafieh residence.
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Outraged by the Military Tribunal's decision to release former Information Minister Michel Samaha on bail, the Future Movement and its March 14 allies pledged Sunday to challenge the release, which has sent shockwaves nationwide, threatening to cause further political and sectarian splits.In addition to calls for the abolition or modification of the Military Tribunal's jurisdiction, March 14 leaders demanded that Samaha's release be referred to the Judicial Council, the country's highest judicial body which looks into crimes that threaten state security and its verdicts cannot be appealed. The Military Tribunal's decision to release Samaha on a LL150 million ($100,000) bail last Thursday, has drawn the ire of the March 14 coalition.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mohammad Fneish lashed back at March 14 politicians for denouncing Samaha's release, equating their reactions to Daesh (ISIS) actions. The Military Court of Cassation unanimously agreed to release Samaha on bail but he was banned from leaving the country or speaking to the media pending a verdict after his retrial.Several hundred supporters of March 14 parties protested outside Samaha's home in Beirut Friday to denounce his release.
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