A heavily armed policeman patrols at the Pankrac custodial prison in Prague, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (Roman Vondrous)
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The U.S. embassy in Prague Thursday blasted a decision by the Czech Republic's justice minister not to extradite a Lebanese national to the U.S. to face weapons charges.The move came on the same day that five Czech citizens who went missing in Lebanon in July returned home, leading to speculation that the Czech government did a deal for their release. Prague's Municipal Court allowed the extradition of Ali Fayyad, and two citizens of Ivory Coast last year but Justice Minister Robert Pelikan has the final say and Thursday refused to extradite them. The case is surrounded by a lot of unanswered questions as Fayyad's Czech lawyer was among the five Czechs who went missing, and their Lebanese driver was identified by Lebanese media as Fayyad's close relative.
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