Lebanon: Officer arrested for trying to smuggle chemicals to prisoner

Oct. 3, 2013 at 8:45 AM
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ROUMIEH, Lebanon, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Police wardens in Lebanon said they arrested a police officer Thursday for trying to smuggle sandwiches filled with chemicals into a detention center.

The officer, who is in charge of a unit in the village of Roumieh, was bringing the sandwiches to a prisoner, Charbel Shalitta, who faces the death penalty for killing a young Lebanese man, The (Lebanon) Daily Star reported.

The officer said he was trying to protect himself from the prisoner, who is part of Fatah al-Islam, a radical Islamist group.

The sandwiches were filled with a chemical called carbure, made up of carbon, oxygen and a third element, that can be used in explosives.

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