Lebanese judge asks for death penalty for Sheikh Assir

Lebanese judge asks for death penalty for Sheikh Assir
Fri Feb 28, 2014 16:58:49

Lebanese Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda issued indictments Friday against 57 individuals, including Salafist Sheikh Ahmad Assir and former pop singer Fadl Shaker. He requested the death penalty for all 57.

Abu Ghayda charged the suspects with the murder and attempted murder of dozens of military personnel, including officers, and civilians, as well as with inflicting damage to private and public property during the Abra clashes east of Sidon in July 2013.

At least 18 soldiers and 28 gunmen were killed in gun battles between Assir’s militants and the Army in Abra.

Assir and his followers were also charged with provoking the killing of Army officers and with stirring sectarian strife.

Abu Ghayda referred the case and the suspects to the military tribunal.


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