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The Lebanese judiciary has announced that it intends to speed up of the trials of Islamist prisoners.Twenty-four members of the Lebanese Army and security forces who were taken prisoner near Arsal are still being detained by the Nusra Front and ISIS, with one soldier reported to have been beheaded. Both groups are demanding the release of Islamists imprisoned in Roumieh in exchange for freeing the men they hold.The Lebanese justice and prison system is unintentionally contributing to radicalizing a generation of young individuals. Indiscriminate arrests, indefinite detention without trial and the imprisonment of inexperienced Islamists with hardened extremists in Roumieh have all contributed to this process.Roumieh has thus drifted away from its original purpose as a tool to punish and possibly allow for the rehabilitation of radicals to becoming a major theater for their political struggle.According to Khiam, a non-governmental organization that concerns itself with the victims of torture, around 60 percent of all Lebanese prisoners have not yet been sentenced.Lawyer Maha Fatha estimates that 30 percent of Islamists served prison sentences of several years before they were declared innocent by the justice system. This allows Islamist proselytizers to extend their networks within the social structures of Roumieh.
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