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The trial date was moved to April 4 to allow time for a new lawyer to be assigned to Assir.Assir is charged with leading gun battles against the Army in 2013 in Abra, east of the southern city of Sidon, during which 18 soldiers and some 40 militants were killed.In 2014, a military judge sought the death penalty for Assir and 56 others, including former pop singer Fadl Shaker, over their alleged involvement in the Abra clashes.Mohammad Abdel-Rahman Shmandar, Shaker's brother, recounted the events leading up to the events at Abra, rejecting the claims against his brother and consistently denying his involvement.Shmandar swore that his brother had never committed any crimes in Lebanon and that he had not participated in the Abra clashes.When asked about his son Abdel-Rahman, who was formerly Shaker's bodyguard, Shmandar's became subdued.
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