Ismael Sheikh Hassan gets arrested again, then released with the appointment of a new trial date

The Lebanese authorities have arrested again activist Ismael Sheikh-Hassan upon his arrival to Beirut’s international airport yesterday night. Sheikh Hassan who has been in Belgium for the past four months is an architect, doctoral student and instructor at Leuven University. The military court had ordered his imprisonment for “impinging on the military establishment”, which follows an earlier arrest for an article he published in the lebanes daily Assafir in May 2010, in which he criticized public authorities and the army for their handling of security arrangement in the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp and the delays in its reconstruction.

Lawyer Niza Saghieh has submitted an objection earlier today to withdraw the court ruling, and Ismael was released and is due to stand in front of the military court next Thursday.

Both Assafir and Al-Akhbar have reported his arrest in their issues published today.

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