BEIRUT: Military Judge Saqr Saqr charged eight members of a devil worship group Thursday, with blasphemy.
The group of eight, one of whom is a Lebanese Army soldier, were arrested last week on suspicion of committing blasphemy.
In addition to the main charge, four of the eight were charged with drug abuse.
Their case has been referred to Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghida who will interrogate them.
Despite it being a potential criminal offense, there is little known – though no shortage of rumors – about devil worship and satanism in Lebanon, including who is, or isn’t, a devil worshipper.
In 2003, more than 50 individuals were arrested on charges similar to last week’s case and the Internal Security Forces were ordered to crack down on underground meeting places. Only a handful were ever convicted.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 23, 2011, on page 3.