Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq said on Thursday that a legal committee will be formed to follow-up on hunger strikers in Lebanese prisons, stressing that the current political atmospheres are unsuitable for discussing general amnesty law.

“After thorough discussions with PM (Saad) Hariri and (Gand) the Mufti (Sheikh Abdul Latif) Deryan, it has been decided to form a legal committee to follow up on the file of detainees on hunger strike in Lebanese prisons,” said Mashnouq from Dar al-Fatwa.

He pointed out saying: “The committee will be formed within a few days. But agreeing on a full amnesty requires a political climate that is currently unavailable.”

On Wednesday, Mashnouq received a delegation representing families of the detainees in the presence of Minister of State for Affairs of the Displaced Moein Merhebi and Interior Ministry's adviser for prisoner affairs, Mounir Shaaban.

Lebanese prisoners began a mass hunger strike on Saturday demanding general amnesty to all inmates.


Naharnet