A British based radical Muslim cleric who made controvercial remarks over the recent bombings in Britian has been detained in Lebanon.
Omar Bakri Mohammed was being held by authorities in Beirut after giving a Television interview.
The cleric was picked-up by Lebanese security officials, but not arrested.
Bakri has lived in Britain for 20 years but left last Saturday after the British government pledged to silence radical Islamists. Bakri could face incitement charges if he returns to London.
In the interview prior to his detention he denied that al-Qaeda existed as an organistation as it has no leadership nor a base.
The subject of Bakri’s detention arose in Thursday’s meeting of the Lebanese government.No reason has been given as to why he was being held other than it was said to be a preventative step in the current international concern over recent terrorism attacks.
The cleric was once connected with an extreemist Islamist group which gained notoriety for celebrating the september 11 attacks.But Bakri denies current involvement.
Under Lebaenese law Bakri could be held for up to 48 hours.