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Judge refuses release of 6 suspects in Tyre Rest House attack

“Property of the people,” reads a vandalized sign for the Tyre Rest House, Oct. 19, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

TYRE, Lebanon: The First Investigative Judge in South Lebanon has rejected requests to release six suspects in connection with the October arson and destruction of the Tyre Rest House.

Judge Marcel Haddad rejected requests to release six suspects Tuesday, four of which were being represented by a group of volunteer lawyers.

Jad Tohme, one of the lawyers, told The Daily Star that he and his colleagues had submitted an appeal at the South Lebanon Prosecution Body against Haddad’s ruling.

A total of 18 suspects were arrested in the attack on the resort on Oct. 19, the third day of mass anti-government protests.

The resort was targeted because it was believed to belong to Randa Berri, the wife of Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri. Following the incident, Berri’s office released a statement saying that his wife had “no relation” to the Tyre Rest House.

Eight people were previously released by Haddad on Nov. 19.

 

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