Ex-MP Hasan Yaacoub is welcomed in the southern Beirut suburb of Ghobeiry after being released from a 7-month detention, Monday, July 25, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Yaacoub spoke from a protest site set up months ago outside a Shiite Muslim organization in a southern Beirut suburb, after he was detained for alleged involvement in the kidnapping of Hannibal Gadhafi, the son of the slain Libyan leader accused of kidnapping Yaacoub's father 38 years ago.Lebanon's Accusatory Body released Yaacoub on LL30 million ($19,914) bail after spending just over seven months in detention. Hannibal Gadhafi was abducted in the Syrian capital Damascus last December before being transferred to Lebanon.He was then handed over to police in Lebanon and charged with hiding information on the 1978 abduction of Yaacoub and two other Lebanese, including Imam Musa Sadr and a journalist, in Libya. Relatives and supporters of Yaacoub have observed an open-ended protest to demand his release since shortly after his arrested.Yaacoub was arrested on Dec. 17 last year for alleged links to the kidnapping of the son of Hannibal Gadhafi from Syria's capital days earlier.
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