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Meqdad family protest over delay in trials
Members of the Meqdad family block a highway in Beirut on Thursday April 4, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
Members of the Meqdad family block a highway in Beirut on Thursday April 4, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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BEIRUT: Members of the Meqdad family blocked Thursday a highway in Beirut and urged the judiciary to speed up the trials of their kin accused of being involved in a spate of kidnappings in 2012.

Some 100 members of the Meqdad clan took part in the Thursday morning protest, blocking the Hadi Nasrallah highway in Beirut’s southern suburbs.

In August 2012, The Meqdad’s so-called “military wing” claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of over 20 Syrians and a Turkish businessman in retaliation for the abduction of one of their kinsman, Hassan Meqdad, by the Free Syrian Army in Syria.

The Meqdads eventually released all of their captives under pressure from the Lebanese Army.

Eight members of the Meqdad clan, including its head Maher Meqdad, and two Syrian nationals were arrested in separate house raids by the Lebanese Army in September and October last year.

In January, the Military Tribunal released Maher Meqdad on a LL5 million bail to allow him to attend his mother’s funeral.

The trials of the Meqdads, which had been set for March 6, were postponed to May 24.

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