BEIRUT: A member of the Syrian National Coalition was released Tuesday after Lebanon’s General Security detained him at Beirut's airport for carrying several “communications devices,” judicial sources told The Daily Star.
Khalil al-Hajj Saleh, a member of the General Secretariat of the National Syrian Coalition, was detained at Rafik Hariri International Airport Saturday for carrying three communications devices which drew the attention of General Security and prompted the detention.
The security agency then handed Saleh, who was coming from Turkey, to Lebanese Army Intelligence.
Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr released Saleh Tuesday after finding no valid reason to keep the Syria detained.
The Future parliamentary bloc slammed the detention and accused security agencies of displaying “bias” in detaining Saleh.
"The bloc took note of the detention of Khalil al-Hajj Saleh, a member from the [National] Syrian Coalition upon his arrival in Lebanon under the pretext of having communications devices in his possession while the world lives in a communications revolution that has turned the earth into a tiny village,” the bloc said in a statement after their weekly meeting.
"The bloc stressed on the dangers of repressive practices against activists and Syrian opposition members who did not violate the laws because such practices are prejudiced and cannot be accepted,” it added.