Mawlawi says was forced to confess under duress


Shadi al-Mawlawi, who was arrested earlier in May, said on Tuesday that he was forced under duress to confess that he belonged to Al-Qaeda as he was being tortured and pressured

“I confessed [to many] things as I was being tortured and pressured,” Mawlawi said following his release earlier on Tuesday, adding that he “denied these confessions later on when standing before the judge.”

Speaking from Finance Minister Mohammad Safadi’s office in Tripoli, the scene of his arrest, Mawlawi hailed “the revolution in Syria” and said that his arrest was “political.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Mawlawi, an Islamist whose arrest sparked deadly sectarian clashes in Lebanon between pro- and anti-Syrian groups, was released on 500,000 LBP bail ( $333)

Shadi al-Mawlawi, center, who was accused of belonging to a terrorist group, is carried on his friends' shoulders as they celebrate his release from jail, in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Tuesday May 22, 2012. Earlier this month, the arrest of Shadi Mawlawi, an outspoken Lebanese critic of Syrian President Bashar Assad, set of several days of clashes in northern Lebanon that killed 10 people and wounded over a hundred. Mawlawi was accused of belonging to a terrorist group. Mawlawi said he denies any link to such groups. AP