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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Ministry: Hizb ut-Tahrir event did not breach law
By The Daily Star
BEIRUT: The Interior Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday announcing that the holding of a conference by a controversial Islamist party did not breach laws. The statement said that the Internal Central Security Council decided during its session on July 13 to forward a recommendation to the Cabinet urging it to cancel the permission granted to the Hizb ut-Tahrir party to operate in Lebanon.

While awaiting a final decision by the Cabinet, the council would prevent the party from carrying out any activity if it lacked a permit, according to the statement. However, the statement from the Interior Ministry said that holding meetings inside closed halls does not require a permit.

The party, which calls for the restoration of the global Islamic caliphate, held a two-day summit starting on Sunday at Le Bristol Hotel to discuss major challenges facing Muslims in the world. Security measures were increased for the event after concerns were raised.

On Monday, Energy and Water Resources Minister Jebran Bassil expressed surprise that the conference took place, after receiving promises it would be banned by Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Interior Minister Ziyad Baroud during last week’s Cabinet session. – The Daily Star

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