BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese authorities detained British-based radical Muslim cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed on Thursday, just days after he arrived in Beirut from London, Lebanese security officials said.
The officials said Bakri was detained by a force from the General Security Directorate (GSD) after he left the news studios of Future Television in Beirut. A GSD spokesman confirmed the detention but refused to comment on the reason.
An Interior Ministry source said there had been no arrest warrant issued for Bakri but that according to the law he could be held for up to 48 hours for questioning. He denied a Future Television report that Bakri was being questioned about how he entered Lebanon.