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Judiciary Refuses to Hand over Complete Telecom Data to ISF on Geagea Probe

A competent judicial authority refused to provide the Internal Security Forces with the complete telecom data to continue their probe into the assassination attempt on Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea.

An Nahar newspaper said that the judicial authority which is tasked with assessing the possibility of providing the security forces with the telecom data includes Head of the Audit Bureau Judge Aouni Ramadan, Head of the Shura Council Shukri Sader and first president of the Court of Cassation Judge Hatem Madi.

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Miqati: Britain Supports Lebanon in Policies that Lead to Stability

Prime Minister Najib Miqati said Wednesday that British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced his backing for the policies adopted by the Lebanese government to achieve stability in the country.

In remarks to As Safir newspaper, Miqati described his meeting with Hague in London on Tuesday as “very positive,” and said the Foreign Secretary stressed “support for the Lebanese government’s approach which led to internal stability at a stage that is witnessing a lot of shakeups in the region.”

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Mustaqbal Urges Govt. to Summon Syrian Ambassador over Shaaban’s Death

The Mustaqbal bloc condemned on Tuesday that murder of al-Jadeed cameraman Ali Shaaban on Monday, calling on the government to summon the Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul Karim Ali over the incident.

It said after its weekly meeting: “The government’s leniency over Syria’s violations against Lebanon have led to a number of deaths along the border.”

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Aoun Condemns Shaaban Murder: We Must Await Investigation before Making Stand

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun condemned on Tuesday the murder of al-Jadeed television cameraman Ali Shabaan while on duty near the Syrian border on Monday.

He said after the Change and Reform bloc’s weekly meeting: “We hope the truth behind the incident will be revealed.”

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Arrest Warrants Issued against 3 People for Smuggling Arms to Syria

Arrest warrants have been issued on Tuesday against three people on charges of smuggling arms to Syria.

Two Lebanese, Ahmed Mohammed M. and Husseim Kamil A., and a Palestinian, Zeinab Safi G., are included in the warrants, while investigations are underway to determine the full identity of their two accomplices, Walid Haidar and Issam Hatoum.

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STL’s Deputy Head of Defense Office Quits

The deputy head of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s Defense Office, Alia Aoun, has informed the Registrar that she intends to return to practice as an attorney, the court said in a press release on Tuesday.

“Following the start of the judicial phase of the STL on 1 February 2012, it is now primarily for the Defense Counsel to ensure the protection of the rights of the accused and equitable justice,” the statement quoted Aoun as saying.

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Teacher Arrested for Raping Student

A teacher in Tyre has been arrested for raping one of his students, reported Voice of Lebanon radio on Tuesday.

The teacher, a male in his mid-fifties, is accused of raping the 12-year old boy at a private school in the southern city.

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Charbel: Investigations into Shaaban Death are Underway

Interior Minister Marwan Charbel revealed on Tuesday that investigations in the murder of slain al-Jadeed television cameraman Ali Shaaban are underway.

He condemned the incident to al-Sharq radio, saying that it “was very unfortunate, especially since the cameramen were unarmed.”

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Shaaban Laid to Rest in his Hometown

The funeral procession for slain al-Jadeed television cameraman Ali Shaaban was held on Tuesday at his hometown of Maifadoun in southern Lebanon.

A number of politicians, local residents, media personalities welcomed the casket as it arrived at the town.

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Report: Syrian Crisis to Spill Over to Lebanon as Cabinet’s Fate Remains Unknown

The Syrian crisis will likely have serious repercussions on Lebanon as the international community failed to intervene to stop the bloodshed in Damascus and establish “safe zones,” a report by the European Institute for the Mediterranean (EuroMeSCo) said.

“The Lebanese parties worry that a Syrian civil war could actually spill over into Lebanon where Sunni-Shiite tension is high,” Riad Kahwaji, the writer of the report, said.

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