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Lebanon tasks ministers to look into George Abdallah case

Ministers attend a Cabinet session at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Lebanon's Cabinet Tuesday tasked the ministerial committee following up on the case of the kidnapped Lebanese in Syria with coordinating with France over the release of George Abdallah.

Information Minister Walid Daouk said ministers agreed to task the ministerial committee already involved in the case of the 9 Lebanese Shiite who were kidnapped in Syria last year to look into Abdallah's case.

A French court has reportedly postponed the hearing in the case of Abdallah to Feb. 28 sparking outrage among the Lebanese militant’s supports who staged several protests outside the French Embassy this month.

Abdallah’s release from French prisons was delayed after the Interior Ministry refused to approve his deportation order, even though he was granted parole by a French court a week prior on the condition he leave the country.

The 61-year-old man, who has been in prison for some 28 years, was sentenced to life in prison by a French court in 1987 for the 1982 murders of American Lt. Col. Charles Ray and Israeli diplomat Yaakov Bar-Simantov in Paris.

Ministers also extended by one month the terms of Lebanon’s two mobile operators – Alfa and Touch – to give the government ample time to renew their contracts.

Cabinet also postponed discussions on the formation of a committee to oversee the 2013 parliamentary elections.

There were no signs Tuesday that that the gap was narrowing among the feuding political parties on a voting system ahead of the June elections.

 

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