Leader of Roumieh Islamists Charged with Capital Murder
[An Nahar] State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr charged on Monday the head of an Islamist group with capital murder in the slaying of a Paleostinian inmate at Roumieh prison, the National News Agency reported.
NNA said that "Saqr charged the emir of the Islamic group in Roumieh, Mohammed Youssef known as Abu Walid, in the killing of Ghassan al-Qandaqli."
Al-Qandaqli was found hanging in his cell at the prison's Bloc B on January 18.
Youssef could face the death penalty if convicted.
The case was referred to Military Examining Magistrate Fadi Sawan, NNA said.
On Friday, Saqr charged nine Islamist inmates and two Internal Security Forces members in the same case.
Media reports said it took two days of negotiations with the prisoners to allow police to question them over the alleged murder.
Posted by: Fred 2013-01-29