Nine Islamists Released from Roumieh Prison

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Authorities on Tuesday have released nine Islamists detained in Roumieh prison after at least four years of imprisonment.

Two Palestinian Islamists were not immediately freed, but handed to the Internal Security Forces.

Fourteen Islamists were initially arrested over alleged links to the Fatah al-Islam terrorist network that fought deadly gunbattles with the Lebanese army in 2007.

Beirut Examining Magistrate Ghassan Owaidat ordered on Monday the release of the detainees on a LL500,000 bail each for lack of evidence of their involvement in the clashes.

Al-Jadeed said that Prime Minister Najib Miqati will pay the bail of each of the Islamists.

Some Islamists told the television station that they were detained without trial, accusing the state and judiciary of neglecting their case and wrongfully imprisoning them.

They demanded that justice be granted to all detainees in Lebanon and that all Islamists be released from prison, reported al-Jadeed.

One released detainee estimated that some 180 Islamists are currently held in Roumieh prison.

The National News Agency said however that some 100 Islamists are currently in the jail, including 15 Lebanese nationals, three Saudis, two Yemenis, a national from each of Russia, Germany, and Turkey, while the rest are comprised of Syrians and Palestinians.

Miqati had requested from General Prosecutor Saeed Mirza to completely resolve the case of the imprisoned Islamists before the latter's retirement on July 15, meaning that the remaining detainees may be released before this date, according to NNA.

According to An Nahar and al-Akhbar dailies, a second batch of Islamists, including Lebanese and foreigners, will also be set free next week.

They quoted judicial sources as saying that the 14 detainees had been arrested between 2007 and 2008 during and after the battles at the northern Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared that left some 400 people, including 168 soldiers, dead.

According to An Nahar, nine of them are Lebanese, four are Palestinians and the 14th is a Syrian.

Comments 23
Thumb shab 19 June 2012, 11:04

Just wat the camps need ! Deport them !

Default-user-icon Nicola ABUAMMAR (Guest) 19 June 2012, 12:40

What a coincidence: Clashes at Nahr El Bared and old combatants detained after from round one are being released..
Naharnet should be able to identify who is posting the bond for their release..

Thumb eli-g 19 June 2012, 14:29

are they all Lebanese or they are of different nationalities?Does anyone know?

Missing allouchi 19 June 2012, 20:06

both Lebanese and others.

Missing allouchi 19 June 2012, 14:34

If they are proven innocent then they should be FREED, they have been in jail for a long time without proper trials. Hey look at Aoun's best friend and protégé "Karam", he is a proven Israeli spy and has been freed and living the high life with Aoun. The law should be implemented equally, so stop your bitching and man up.

Thumb lebneneh 19 June 2012, 17:40

Very smart come back...allouchi raised valid points. Why don't you reply to that?

Missing allouchi 19 June 2012, 17:50

rudes, what kind of a reply is that...did I hit a nerve mentioning your Israeli spy Karam...Ya noussak shou sensitive ya ammour lol

Thumb lebneneh 19 June 2012, 17:38

Nothing is clear in this country...even judicial decisions are not clear. Are these people convicted or not?! Were they guilty or innocent?!

Missing allouchi 19 June 2012, 17:54

lebneneh, the sad part is no one knows a 100% of anything in Lebanon

Default-user-icon mazen (Guest) 19 June 2012, 17:38

19 JUNE 2012 a BLACK day for Lebanon

Thumb lebanon_first 19 June 2012, 17:46

We dont know if they are guilty or innocent, politicians always hide the truth, plus media treats the people like a bunch of ignorant fools.
The timing is interesting though... I would suspect that these 14 are the "least" guilty of the 300 arrested, and were detained arbitrarily, and since Hezbollah is in a delicate situation due to Syria crisis, it allowed their freeing as a sign of good gesture towards the salafis who are expected to become stronger if assad falls.

Default-user-icon bytheme (Guest) 19 June 2012, 17:50

Sunni extremists have many enemies..Secular, Moderate Sunnis, Christians, Alewites, Shia. They should all be given a small corridor and sent to fight the Israeli enemy at the border with occupied Palestine.

Default-user-icon mazen (Guest) 19 June 2012, 18:20

bytheme, This will never happen. You know why? Because these terrorists have been created and sponsored by the MOSsAD and the CIA. They will not fight their masters. with ARAB money .. Arab (Persian Gulf Arab to be specific)

Thumb lebneneh 20 June 2012, 02:00

Conspiracy theories...

Missing allouchi 19 June 2012, 20:05

rudes, stay home and hide under your bed LOL :)

Missing allouchi 19 June 2012, 20:06

karim_m1, ya bahlehhhhhhhhh

Default-user-icon + oua nabka + (Guest) 19 June 2012, 21:02

tout ce qu il a fait le printemps arabe c ,est faire pousser des barbres
and they the most extremists of them out of jail

Missing allouchi 19 June 2012, 21:35

rastafarian, why are you attacking everyone here? we are talking politics and not religion and why are you trying to enforce your personal believes on everyone? Please stick to the subject @ hand and join appropriate religious site for religious debates..Salaam.

Thumb lebneneh 20 June 2012, 01:59

Go away...ma7ada 2abdak jadd.

Default-user-icon Yafti Bilkharab (Guest) 20 June 2012, 07:13

More Sunni crazies are about to join other Sunni crazies. Get the DDT and take cover.

Thumb whyaskwhy 20 June 2012, 07:52

Loool they are no different to the environment they came from.....

Default-user-icon pariahdog (Guest) 20 June 2012, 08:47

Interesting discussion. As a non-lebanese, these comments are really enlightening, revealing various strands of thought processes..

Thumb normzz117 21 June 2012, 15:51

Lebanon is like the cosanostra ..except nobody knows shit about what will happen next? ? the reason for these guy's being set free ? who knows? but it looks corrupt .