Georges Abdallah Supporters Protest Postponement of Decision over his Release



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Supporters of former militant Georges Abdallah staged a demonstration on Sunday in protest against the decision to postpone a decision on his release. The protesters staged the demonstration in front of the French Embassy in Beirut. The verdict in his case has been postponed to March 21. The International Campaign to Free Georges Abdallah denounced the French authorities' stalling in releasing him. He was expected to be released on February 28 after previous postponements. Abdallah, the former head of the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Faction (LARF), was convicted for his alleged part in the 1982 murders in Paris of U.S. military attache Charles Robert Ray and Israeli diplomat Yacov Barsimantov. He has been eligible for parole since 1999, but seven previous applications were all rejected. A French court granted Abdallah parole in November on condition he be deported but the interior ministry had yet to issue the deportation order.


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