Families of Islamist Detainees Protest in Tripoli Demanding Amnesty

Families of Islamist detainees in Roumieh prison protested on Friday against the government’s delay in signing an amnesty law and demanding the inclusion of their family members in the bill, the National News Agency said.

The protesters blocked the road near the Grand Serail in the northern city of Tripoli as security forces upped their measures there and near al-Nour Square.

President Michel Aoun had pledged the families of Army martyrs on Wednesday that he will not grant amnesty to those who were involved in the killing of soldiers.

Prime Minister Saad Hariri also announced that the amnesty will include individuals who were not involved in the killings in the Sidon suburb of Abra and Tripoli between the army and Islamist supporters.

The government is weighing a general amnesty expected to come ahead of the country's first parliamentary elections in ten years.

The elections are scheduled for May. Lebanon had one general amnesty after the end of the civil war in 1990.

Source: Naharnet

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