Army urges singer who allegedly became militant to surrender

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese army called on a pop star accused of becoming a militant fighter to turn himself in, denying rumors that a “deal” is underway in his case.

An army statement on Thursday says the only solution for singer Fadel Shaker is to surrender to authorities.

Shaker has been on the run since the deadly street battles between Sunni militants and the Lebanese army in June 2013 in the coastal city of Sidon — his hometown and the place where he allegedly got involved with Sunni militants.

He faces charges of committing crimes against the military and prosecutors have demanded the death penalty.

Shaker denied in an interview broadcast Sunday that he took part in deadly clashes with the military, saying he wants to return to normal life.