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The trials of nine protesters accused of rioting and damaging private property in Downtown Beirut on Oct. 8, 2015, were transferred Monday from military to civilian court.Bassam Khawaja, researcher for Human Rights Watch in Lebanon, considered Monday's development to be "a step in a positive direction".Five other protesters accused of attacking security forces on the same night will not have their trials transferred to civilian courts. Fourteen civilians and one soldier appeared before Beirut's Military Tribunal in January on charges connected to protests spearheaded by the You Stink movement during the 2015-16 garbage crisis.Thirteen were present in court, while two stood trial in absentia.
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