BEIRUT — Military Court Judge Fadi Sawan ordered Monday the release of two detainees who were arrested in connection to the Oct. 14 Tayyouneh clashes, a lawyer for the detainees confirmed to L’Orient Today.
Here’s what we know:
• The two detainees who were released are Nabil Daoud and Elias Nakhleh, who are thought to be affiliated with the Lebanese Forces. Fifteen Ain al-Rummaneh residents were arrested shortly after the Tayyouneh clashes following a decision made by Judge Fadi Akiki, the government’s commissioner to the military court.
• Akiki had summoned Samir Geagea, head of the Lebanese Forces, for investigation. However, he refused to appear and accused the judge of working for Hezbollah’s interests.
• The lawyers of the detainees had asked for the transfer of the file from Akiki’s hands, and Sawan eventually became responsible for the case. After carrying out his investigations, Sawwan has gradually ordered the release of the detainees, the latest of which are Daoud and Nakhleh, who were released yesterday. Georges and Nassim Touma are the last of the detainees from the clashes that are still behind bars.
• Judge Sawan is expected to continue his investigations into the two Touma detainees next week, and decide whether to release them or not.
• The Tayyouneh clashes took place during a protest called by Hezbollah and the Amal Movement to demand the removal of the head of the port blast investigation, Judge Tarek Bitar. The clashes are thought to have escalated when someone from the Ain al-Rummaneh area started firing on the crowd. The clashes left seven dead, all of whom were close to Amal and Hezbollah.