BEIRUT: Beirut’s permanent military court on Wednesday found model Miriam Klink guilty of firing an unlicensed weapon at an inhabited place in Bteghrine, Zaarour on August, 5, 2016.
The court ordered Klink to pay a 300,000L.L. fine and to surrender the weapon used in the shooting to authorities.
Klink, who was initially sentenced to 20 days in prison, claimed that she had borrowed the gun for a photo shoot aimed at challenging the notion that “women don't shoot.” Klink told the court that she later published the pictures on social media so that her followers could see it.
The proliferation of unlicensed firearms has taken center stage in Lebanon after numerous people were recently killed as a result of celebratory gunfire.
Security forces detained last week tens of suspects for their involvement in celebratory gunfire following the announcement of the results of official intermediate school exams. The sweeping majority of the detainees, however, were released days later after influential politicians pressured the judiciary to drop charges against them, Interior Minister Nohad al-Mashnouq said.
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