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Radical cleric arrested in Lebanon
Radical Muslim cleric arrested over involvement in northern Lebanon clashes
Associated Press
2014-05-25 11:42 PM

BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanese security forces arrested radical Muslim cleric Sheik Omar Bakri Mohammed on Sunday, the state news agency reported.

The National News Agency did not say why Mohammed was arrested in the eastern town of Aley. The Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star said the arrest was over his suspected involvement in clashes in the northern city of Tripoli that killed dozens of people over the past year.

Mohammed returned to Lebanon in 2005, after living 20 years in Britain where he headed a radical Islamic group. Britain has banned him from returning.

It wasn't immediately possible to contact Mohammed's lawyer.

The Sheik was previously sentenced to life in prison in Lebanon in November 2010, following a terrorism conviction, but was released on bail after witnesses recanted their testimony.

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