DOVER – The people who have known him for many years have been shocked when a local resistor is kept in Lebanon for human rights violations.
It is alleged that Amer Fakhoury, 56, led a military battalion that defended a famous detention camp in the 1980s and 1990s and served as a senior warden in Khiam Prison in southern Lebanon, run by a Christian militia supported by Israel. South Lebanon Army called. , according to international reports.
It was announced on Facebook earlier this month that the Fakhoury, Little Lebanon To Go business would be closed on Central Avenue in Dover, for three weeks to leave the family in Lebanon. It was noted on Facebook that it was the first trip to Lebanon in 15 years.
But when Fakhoury reached Rafic Hariri International Airport in Lebanon met the local authorities with him. The Lebanese security officer could not catch Fakhoury because the judicial decision was withdrawn, but his American passport was arrested and detained.
After hearing on Thursday about the return of Fakhoury to Lebanon, former residents joined demonstrators outside the Ministry of Justice in Beirut, giving him a “butcher” and saying that he was the order order for torture of inmates. They asked his public hanging.
Gov. Chris Sununu with Fakhoury and his wife, Michelle, during cookers who were almost two years ago at Lydia House in Somersworth.
Sununu spokesman Ben Vihstadt said Tuesday that the regulator's office had contacted the federal delegation and was kept informed of any developments in the case of Fakhoury and all of them. Sununu is of Lebanese descent.
Minister of State Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, is in contact with the US Department of State and is closely monitoring the situation, according to Press Secretary Sarah Weinstein.
For residents in the city of Dover, the stories from Lebanon are in contrast to the patriotic Christian, loving God they know.
In addition to the restaurant, Fakhoury is active in the local political scene. Resident Phyllis Woods described him as a conservative American who gave great care to his community.
“I have a very difficult time believing that he would be involved in any kind of human rights violation,” she said Tuesday.
Woods said that people in the church community knew about what happened to Fakhoury from Sunday and that they are praying back safely to himself and his family.
“It's very frightening. It's rather very bad, ”Woods said.
Resident Matt Mayberry also knows Fakhoury through Republican local events.
“He liked it when people got to grips with it,” said Mayberry.
Mayberry described Fakhoury as a “frequent and frequent smile” and he was about the American dream with his wife and children.
Ron Cole is a writer for Daily Democrat Foster and interviewed Fakhoury on one of his columns. Cole said that Fakhoury never stated that he was involved in any military operations, but said he grew up in South Lebanon and had many friends in Israel.
Cole recalled that the people of Fakhoury were told while living in Lebanon because people would be hitting their door. However, Cole was just as scared and played by other members of the Dover community when he heard the news.
“He is a well-known businessman in Dover,” said Cole.
A Lebanese judge issued a arrest warrant for Fakhoury on Tuesday, but he adjourned his questioning until he received permission from the Lebanese Bar Association that an American lawyer would be present, according to media reports.
The South Lebanon Army held Khiam prison and there were approximately 5,000 prisoners over its lifetime. The detention center was abandoned when Israel left Lebanon south in 2000, according to Al Jazeera. Israel and Lebanon have been in technical war since the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948.
No date has been set for next Fakhoury hearing.
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