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5 Freed, 5 remaining in custody as protest movement slams 'Political Detention
The civil society protest movement condemned Monday what it described as “political detention” after five protesters were ordered released from jail and five were remanded in custody.
“First Military Examining Magistrate Riad Abou Ghida interrogated the detainees of Thursday's protest this afternoon, in the presence of their lawyers,” state-run National News Agency reported.
“He ordered the release of five of them and remanded five in custody,” it said.
“Arrest warrants were issued for them in connection with the charges mentioned in the lawsuit,” NNA added.
The ruling was referred to the military prosecution for “approval or appeal,” the agency said.
The protest movement identified those ordered released as Mohammed al-Turk, Khaldoun Jaber, Mahmoud Bou Moussa, Khodr Bou Hamzeh and Munah Halawi and those kept in custody as Waref Suleiman, Pierre Hashash, Hussein Ibrahim, Fayez Yassine and Rami Mahfouz.
The protesters Hussam Nahouli had been released earlier in the day.
“The activists have become political prisoners and we will file requests for the release of the 5 detainees tomorrow,” said protest movement lawyer Mazen Hoteit during a sit-in outside the Military Court.