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June 23, 2015

Naharnet - Saqr Charges Five Guards for Roumieh Prison Abuse, June 23, 2015

State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr charged on Tuesday five guards for abusing inmates in Roumieh Prison.

He has since referred the case to the first military investigation judge.

The suspects has been questioned by General Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud.

Hammoud kept the five suspects in custody and ordered that the file be referred to Saqr to take the appropriate measures with regards to issuing charges against them.

The Roumieh Prison guards were seen in online video clips on Sunday beating Islamists.

Roumieh is Lebanon's largest prison and has long been infamous for the poor conditions in some of its blocks, including overcrowding and harsh treatment.

Other parts of it, however, had become virtual no-go zones for security, with prisoners running their affairs and able to access laptops, phones and money, until security forces cleared Roumieh's Block B in January.

Hammoud told An Nahar daily published on Tuesday that the torture of the three inmates as seen in the video clips was motivated by personal reasons.

The beating of the prisoners was not ordered by any side, he said.

According to An Nahar, two of the guards beat the inmates while a third recorded the assault on a mobile phone.

The two other guards have likely leaked the video, said the report.

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