Lebanon Frees two Political Prisoners Repatriated from Syria

Published December 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Lebanese authorities freed Tuesday two of the 54 political prisoners repatriated last week from Syria, bringing the total number of releases to 31, judicial sources said. 

The two freed men, a Lebanese and a Palestinian, had been arrested by the Syrian authorities on charges of spying for Israel, the source said. 

According to Lebanese law, the government is to re-evaluate the cases of all repatriated prisoners. If sentences are upheld, the prisoners will serve their remaining prison time in Lebanon. 

Lebanon released a first group of 11 political prisoners last Friday, and 18 more over the weekend. These men had been arrested on charges of spying for Israel, attacking Syrian troops deployed in Lebanon, smuggling drugs and cigarettes as well as belonging to outlawed armed groups. 

On December 11, 46 Lebanese and eight Palestinians who carry Lebanese travel documents were repatriated by Syria after heated criticism over the secret detention of Lebanese citizens. 

Lebanese President Emile Lahoud said Friday the government would reopen the files on Lebanese who disappeared during the country's 1975-1990 civil war after many Lebanese continued to claim that lost family members were being held by Syria -- BEIRUT (AFP)  

 

 

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