Dover restaurant owner detained in Lebanon could be released


WMUR’S JENNIFER CROMPTON IN
DOVER WITH THE LATEST. JENNIFER: AN ENCOURAGING SIGN
FOR LOYAL CUSTOMERS OF DOVER’S
LITTLE LEBANON TO GO RESTAURANT,
THERE ON THE DOOR, WORD THAT IT
EXPECTS TO RE-OPEN EARLY TO
MID-OCTOBER. JUST ABOVE ANOTHER, URGING THEM
TO PRAY FOR ITS OWNER AMER’S
SAFE RETURN.>>I FEEL GRATEFUL THAT HE IS
COMING HOME. JENNIFER: THIS TIGHT-KNIT
COMMUNITY CONCERNED, SINCE
EARLIER THIS MONTH, WHEN AMER
FAKHOURY WAS DETAINED IN HIS
NATIVE LEBANON, AFTER ARRIVING
WITH HIS WIFE FOR WHAT THEIR INITIAL CLOSURE SIGN SAID WAS
THEIR FIRST VACATION IN FIFTEEN
YEAR
ACCORDING TO NEWS REPORTS IN
LEBANON AND INFORMATION FROM TOP
AUTHORITIES THERE, FAKHOURY HAD WORKED AS A WARDEN AT THE KHIAM
PRISON IN THE 80’S AND 90’S THAT
WAS RUN BY AN ISRAELI-BACKED
MILITIA, BEING DUBBED ’THE
BUTCHER OF KHIAM’. CLOSE FRIENDS REMAIN IN CONTACT
WITH HIS WIFE WHO IS STAYING
THERE WITH RELATIVES. RELIEVED TO HEAR YESTERDAY, THAT
HE WILL BE RELEASED.>>AS OF RIGHT NOW, I KNOW THERE
ARE STILL SOME TRIALS GOING ON
WITH HIM. BUT HE SHOULD BE FREE IN 10-15
DAYS. JENNIFER: ACCORDING TO AN
ARTICLE IN ’ARAB WEEKLY’,
FAKHOURY CAN RETURN PARTLY
BECAUSE OF HIS DUAL U.S. CITIZENSHIP.>>SHE SEEMS VERY RELIEVED. I THINK THEY WILL BE MORE
RELIEVED WHEN THEY’RE ARE ON THE
PLANE COMING HOME. JENNIFER: THEIR DAUGHTERS DO NOT
WANT TO SAY ANYTHING UNTIL THEIR
PARENTS ARE BACK HOME.>>HE IS A GREAT GUY. ANYBODY KNOWS HIM IN THIS
COMMUNITY KNOWS HE IS A GREAT
GUY.

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