Thursday, 25 November 2010
Lebanon frees Muslim cleric Omar Bakri Muhammad on bail

From The BBC

The radical Muslim cleric, Omar Bakri Muhammad, who was sentenced to life in prison in Lebanon, has been released on bail pending a retrial. A military court ordered his release after he paid bail of around $3,300 (£2,100).

He was convicted in his absence earlier this month of forming a militant group to weaken Lebanon's government. He settled in Lebanon after being banned from returning to the UK, where he had lived for 20 years.

The retrial is taking place because Bakri Muhammad was not present at the initial trial. A judicial official told AFP news agency that the cleric would have to attend every session of his retrial.

This means unfortunately that he will be available to speak via satellite link after all at the International Islamic Revival Conference scheduled to take place somewhere in London on Saturday. Word is that the hall advertised is a decoy, an alternative given out is a tiny hut on a council estate intended for use by Brownies, homework clubs and the like and that, if the meeting takes place at all, it will be a completely different venue in another borough.

I do hope his new trial produces the same result.

Posted on 11/25/2010 3:22 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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