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Lebanon to return Majid’s body to Saudi Arabia
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_maj.jpgA Lebanese judicial official on Friday ordered the body of a Saudi suspected of leading an al-Qaeda-linked group handed to the Saudi embassy, a week after his death in custody.
"The body of Majid al-Majid will be handed to the embassy of Saudi Arabia, and will then be repatriated," prosecutor Samir Hammoud, who ordered the handover, told AFP.
Majid was the suspected head of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, which claimed responsibility for a November attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut that killed 25 people.
He died last week, days after his detention by the Lebanese military.
Earlier on Tuesday, Iranian Justice Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi, in a letter to Lebanese caretaker Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi, expressed Tehran’s readiness to send a judicial team to help with the investigation into Majid’s death.
A judicial source told AFP on condition of anonymity that Majed suffered from kidney disease and was in poor health when he was detained.
The Iranian embassy in Beirut requested access to Lebanon's investigation into the double suicide bombing.
In 2009, Lebanon handed Majid a life sentence in absentia after convicting him of membership of another al-Qaeda-inspired group, Fatah al-Islam.

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