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FPM MP Ibrahim Kanaan told LBCI Tuesday that the arrest of the Lebanese for defaming President Michel Suleiman on Facebook is not legally justified and should not have happened.

“General prosecutor Said Mirza ordered the arrest of Naim George Hanna, 27, Antoine Youssef Ramia, 29, and Shebel Rajeh Qasab, 27, after authorities interrogated them on charges of libel, slander and defamation against the president on Facebook,” the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

First Judge of Beirut Ghassan Oueidat issued indictments on Tuesday against the three people over the charges.

“The matter does not deserve such reaction. It would be dangerous to assault the freedom of expression,” Kanaan said.

The MP demanded the three youths be released.

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