Radical Muslim cleric arrested in Lebanon

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 14, 2010 14:20

BEIRUT — Lebanese police officials on Sunday say they have arrested a radical Muslim cleric who was sentenced in absentia last week to life in prison.

They said police arrested Omar Bakri Mohammed Sunday at his home in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly.

Lebanese officials said Bakri was among 54 people sentenced Friday as part of ongoing trials of militants who fought the Lebanese army in 2007. Bakri was convicted of membership of an armed group aiming to commit "terrorist acts" and plotting to kill Lebanese soldiers.

It was not immediately clear why authorities did not arrest Bakri earlier. He appears regularly on television and does not live in hiding.


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