Activists wear white masks as they stage a sit-in in front of the Parliament during World Day Against the Death Penalty in Beirut, Monday, Oct. 10, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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French Ambassador Bruno Foucher Wednesday called for Lebanon to formally abolish capital punishment, at a conference commemorating World Day Against the Death Penalty.Former MP Ghassan Moukheiber attributed the moratorium to international pressure against execution, particularly from the European Union.This international pressure, he told The Daily Star, often competes with domestic support for the death penalty especially when egregious crimes capture national attention. In 2018, the Military Tribunal has sentenced four people two of them alleged members of Daesh (ISIS) to death for the murders of Lebanese soldiers.Caretaker Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk has, in recent years, pushed vigorously for the death penalty, especially after the 2017 murder of architecture student Roy Hamoush.
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