Jerusalem24 – The Permanent Military Court in Lebanon issued two sentences in absentia to several years’ imprisonment against the singer Fadl Shaker on charges of “interfering in acts of terrorism”, against the background of his support for militant groups that participated in battles against the Lebanese army years ago, according to a judicial source.
The first ruling spent a 15-year prison sentence for the hidden Lebanese singer, whose real name is Fadl Shamander, with hard labor and stripping him of his civil rights after being convicted of “interfering in criminal acts of terrorism committed by terrorists with knowledge of the matter by providing logistical services to them,” according to the source.
As for the second ruling, he was sentenced to seven years imprisonment with hard labor, deprivation of his civil rights, and a fine of five million Lebanese pounds (about $ 3,300 according to the official exchange rate), on charges of financing the armed “prisoner group” (relative to the Lebanese militant Ahmed Al-Assir, who is currently imprisoned), And spending on its personnel and insuring the price of weapons and ammunition for war.
On June 23, 2013, clashes took place between Al-Asir’s supporters and the Lebanese army in the town of Abra, near Sidon, the largest city in southern Lebanon, following an attack by the Asir group at an army checkpoint, killing 18 soldiers and 11 militants.
Another military judgment in absentia was issued against Fadl Shaker in September 2017, to 15 years in prison, with his civil rights stripped, also on the background of the “Abra events”.
Ahmed Al-Asir was arrested on August 15, 2015 at Beirut Airport as he attempted to leave Lebanon using a forged passport.
Shaker was very popular in Lebanon and the Arab world, before he announced in 2012 his retirement from singing, and became close to the captive Sheikh.
But the artist, whose romantic songs invaded the Arab world in the past, returned in recent years to singing through a few releases he published on social networks, and achieved remarkable follow-up.
Two days ago, he released a new Egyptian song on his official YouTube channel, which exceeded two million views.
His voice had been removed from the song of an Egyptian series that was shown in the month of Ramadan in 2018, in order to avoid fabricating a “crisis” with the Lebanese people, according to the Egyptian producer.
Shakir’s public appearance in recent years has been limited to some media appearances, while reports confirm that he lives in Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp near Sidon.