Protesters carry banners in front of the Military Court in Beirut, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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Demonstrators gathered outside the Military Court Wednesday to protest what they described as a lenient prison sentence handed to ex-Minister Michel Samaha for smuggling explosives into Lebanon.The protest was attended by approximately 60 to 70 representatives from youth organizations affiliated with the Future Movement, Progressive Socialist Party, National Liberal Party, Lebanese Forces and Kataeb Party.The 66-year-old politician, who has close ties with Syrian President Bashar Assad, was found guilty of smuggling explosives into Lebanon with the intention of targeting iftar banquets and gatherings attended by politicians and religious figures.The Military Court has come under fierce criticism from politicians following the sentence.
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