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Lebanon: New Charges Against Shaker al-Absi

(Mar. 2, 2008) The General Prosecutor in Lebanon has filed charges seeking the death penalty against the leader of Fath al-Islam, Shaker al-Absi, and three others for their role in a bombing last year that resulted in the deaths of three persons. Al-Absi had been sentenced to death in absentia in Jordan in 2002 for the assassination of an American diplomat. He was later imprisoned in Syria prior to forming the Fath al-Islam organization in north Lebanon and fighting the Lebanese army for three months in the refugee camp of Nahr al-Barid last summer. In January 2008, al-Absi declared in a recording published on the Internet that he was able to escape the siege the army had imposed on the camp. (The General Prosecutor in Lebanon Seeks the Death Penalty for Al-Absi and Three Others, ALJAZEERA, Feb. 19, 2008.)