Samir Sfeir is reported to be returning to Lebanon soon


Lebanese composer Samir Sfeir will soon be returning to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia, Al-Markazia reported.

Sfeir’s expected return from Saudi detention is the result of successful calls from Beirut to Riyadh to secure his release, the news agency said

In this regard, journalist Radwan Mortada reported on Sunday evening that Saudi security had moved Sfeir from Dhahban Prison to Al-Shumaisi Prison, known as a temporary detention center for deportation.

The news comes amid separate reports that the 59-year-old composer had signed his deportation papers pending his release.

Samir Sfeir was mysteriously arrested in Saudi Arabia in late April after arriving in the kingdom to receive an invitation he received from an official in Riyadh.

After his sudden disappearance, the Lebanese Foreign Ministry began efforts to disclose his whereabouts and the circumstances surrounding his detention.

Local media reported at the time that Sfeir’s wife was able to secure a visit to her husband, but was not allowed to see him upon arrival in Saudi Arabia.

Sfeir’s arrest sparked a social media support campaign in Lebanon demanding his release about three months after the musician was exposed to a campaign in Saudi Arabia demanding his deportation.

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