Muslim cleric arrested

By Justin Reis

A Muslim cleric was arrested in Lebanon at his home days after his sentencing to life in prison by military court in a terrorism trial, authorities said.

According to the Huffington Post, Omar Bakri Mohammed was in the city of Tripoli and taken into custody, officials said. They spoke on a condition of anonymity.

Mohammed headed the Islamist group al-Muhajiroun, which was considered to be radical and is now dis-abandoned, officials said. He lived in Brittan for 20 years until he was barred from the country because his presence was "conducive to public good," according to the Guardian.

Mohammed was joined by 53 other people sentences Friday in trials of militants who fought in 2007 with the Lebanese army, the Huffington Post reported.

According to the Guardian, judicial officials said he was sentenced to life because he did not attend his trial. Cleric said he never received a summons.

Mohammed said the charges were "lies and fabrications", in an interview with the Associated Press.

His lawyer informed him to turn himself in within 15 days of the sentencing, officials said.

According to the Huffington Post, Mohammed became a focus of British attention after he said he would not inform the police if he knew Islamists were planning attacks such as the 7 July London bombings.

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