Rights group urges Lebanon to act in lynching case

May 6, 2010 19:12


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BEIRUT — An international human rights group is calling on Lebanese authorities to prosecute villagers involved in the recent lynching of a murder suspect.

Egyptian national Mohammed Msallem was stabbed to death by an angry mob in the Chouf mountain town of Ketermaya. His body was paraded through town and hanged from an electricity pole.

Msallem had been arrested a day earlier on suspicion of killing four members of a local family.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement Thursday nothing can justify mobs taking the law into their own hands. It said Lebanese authorities faced a test and urged them to prosecute those behind the lynching.

Lebanon says it has identified 10 people suspected of participating in the April 29 lynching. No arrests have yet been made.

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