Lebanon charges 45 over KFC attack
Published Monday, September 24, 2012
Forty-five people were charged Monday over an attack on a KFC restaurant in north Lebanon's Tripoli, a judicial source told AFP.
The attack was carried out during a protest staged by Islamists in the port city on September 14, during which some 300 demonstrators rallied to denounce a US-made film that mocks Islam and the Prophet Mohammad.
During the protest, a KFC restaurant was set on fire, and protesters clashed with security forces. One protester was killed and some 25 injured.
In charge of state security cases, Judge Sakr Sakr charged 45 people over the attack, although only 15 of them are currently in detention.
They were charged for using "violence and issuing threats with knives and sticks against the security forces, for damaging their vehicles, for setting fire to a KFC restaurant, and for opening fire ... provoking the death of a protester," according to the charge sheet.
Some 50 people have been killed in violence over an anti-Islam film, entitled "Innocence of Muslims," that has caused outrage across the Muslim world in the past two weeks.