Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk, left, meets with the three tortured prisoners in Roumieh, Monday, June 22, 2015. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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Top officials moved to contain the fallout from a torture scandal in Lebanon's Roumieh prison Monday, with Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk promising to hold all those involved accountable.Machnouk vowed "strict" punishment for the guards involved, stressing that the individual acts of some ISF members did not represent the whole institution.Machnouk said he had delivered two messages to the ISF officers he met at Roumieh.Machnouk said that the number of ISF guards arrested in the case had risen to six, and that three of the guards were Christian and the three others were Muslim.Machnouk also warned that those attacking security institutions over the incidents were only serving the cause of extremism.Machnouk dismissed allegations that Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi was behind the leak of the videos.The beating of prisoners, the premier said, "violates the Lebanese Constitution, which guarantees human rights," as well as Lebanese laws that acknowledge the rights of prisoners irrespective of the charges brought against them.The remarks were issued in a statement following a meeting he chaired to discuss the scandal which included Rifi, Machnouk, State Prosecutor Samir Hammoud and ISF chief Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Basbous.
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