Protesters sympathizing with Fatima Ali Hamzeh protest in front of the Supreme Islamic Shiite Council, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Work to secure the release of jailed child-custody battle mother Fatima Hamzeh is progressing and saw an intervention by one of the country's most powerful politicians, her lawyer said Sunday following protests against the arrest over the weekend.Hamzeh was jailed last week after refusing to abide by a religious court order giving custody of her child to her estranged husband. Fadia also disclosed that Speaker Nabih Berri had intervened to try to have Hamzeh released.Hamzeh's case sparked protests, organized the Protecting Lebanese Women campaign Saturday.The hashtag "With Fatima against the Jaafari Court" (translated from the Arabic original) has been trending on Twitter and Facebook in reference to the Jaafari religious court that sentenced Hamzeh.The mandate to preside over civil status cases, like marriage, divorce and inheritance, is the prerogative of religious courts under Lebanese law.
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