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May 18, 2012

Naharnet - Al-Mawlawi Denies Traveling to Syria and Having Links to Al-Qaida, May 18 2012

Detained Islamist Shadi al-Mawlawi denied the accusations against him that he belongs to the al-Qaida terrorist organization as his release is not expected to take place any time soon, reported the pan-Arab daily al-Hayat on Friday.
Informed sources from the investigations with the detainee revealed that al-Mawlawi had also denied accusations that he had fought alongside the Free Syrian Army against the Syrian army.
He in fact denied ever having traveled outside of Lebanon.
He was also interrogated about his ties with suspected extremists Qatari Abdullah Aziz al-Atiyeh and Lebanese Hamza Mahmoud Tarbey.
Al-Mawlawi said that Atiyeh had arrived in Lebanon for surgery and had proposed that they aid Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
He denied that funds had been sent to support the Syrian revolt, saying that they were aimed at solely aiding the refugees.
As for Tarbey, al-Mawalawi explained that he had purchased a mobile phone recharge card from his store.
On his ties with arrested suspected extremist Jordanian Abdul Malek Othman Abdul Salam, al-Mawlawi said that the suspect had inquired about Syrian families that had sought refuge in Lebanon in order to provide them with aid.
He denied knowledge that Abdul Salam was linked to Al-Qaida or any other terrorist organization.
Military Investigative Judge Nabil Wehbi had interrogated both al-Mawlawi and Abdul Salam on Thursday.
A request to release al-Mawlawi was referred on Thursday to the Military Court, with his lawyer expecting that a ruling would be issued Friday.
Military Investigative Judge Nabil Wehbi interrogated Mawlawi for around four hours, in the presence of his lawyer Mohammed Hafza who filed the release request.
Wehbi then referred the request to Government Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr who will have the final say in the matter.
Saqr told al-Joumhouria newspaper in remarks published on Friday that the “appropriate decision” in al-Mawlawi’s case will be taken.
Asked if the detainee can be released, he warned against jumping to conclusions in the investigation.
Al-Mawlawi’s arrest on Saturday in the northern city of Tripoli by General Security agents had infuriated the city’s Islamists and sparked deadly clashes that have left at least 12 people dead and more than 100 wounded.
Al-Mawlawi was arrested on charges of belonging to a terrorist organization, but his supporters say he was targeted because of his help for Syrian refugees fleeing to Lebanon.

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