Lebanese military court charges 41 inmates with mutiny
Lebanese prisoners walk between the cells at Roumieh prison, northeast of Beirut. (AFP/Ramzi Haidar)
Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr Monday charged 41 inmates with mutiny following last month’s riot at the notorious Roumieh Prison that badly wounded 19 guards.
A judicial source told The Daily Star that all 41 were charged with rioting, sabotage, setting mattresses ablaze, kidnapping and assault.
Three of them were also charged with instigating the mutiny, the source added.
He said Saqr referred them to Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda.
Islamist inmates at Roumieh’s Block D held 12 policemen and two medics hostage at Roumieh Prison during a brief mutiny last month.
Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk released CCTV footage of the riots last week that showed prisoners attacking a guard, stealing his cell keys, and releasing more inmates who wreaked havoc in the prison.
Machnouk said 19 police officers and 21 inmates were seriously wounded in the riot.
Separately Monday, Saqr referred radical preacher Khaled Hoblos and six other terror suspects to Investigative Judge Fadi Sawwan for further interrogation, the source said.
Investigations into Hoblos, who was apprehended during a mid-April raid, uncovered dormant terror networks in north Lebanon that were allegedly set to be armed by the radical preacher before his arrest.
Hoblos was accused of heading an anti-army militia based in the town of Bhenin that were allegedly orchestrating attacks against the military.
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