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Moukheiber: Prison sentences cannot be reduced overnight

Change and Reform bloc MP Ghassan Moukheiber on Thursday evening said that a solution to Roumieh Prison inmates’ demands to reduce prison sentences cannot be reached overnight.

Prisoners and their families have held protests calling for the duration of each year of a sentence to be reduced to nine months.

“We cannot promise that solutions will be reached in a day, or two days or even in a month or two months,” Moukheiber told New TV television.

The MP said that staging a hunger strike “is futile, but let [the prisoners] do what they want.”

LBC television reported on Sunday that over 400 Roumieh Prison inmates began a hunger strike to pressure the relevant authorities to implement their demands.

-NOW Lebanon