New Hampshire

Family of NH Man Released From Lebanon Hopes for His Recovery

Amer Fakhoury is suffering from Stage 4 lymphoma

The family of an American who was recently released after being jailed for months in his native Lebanon and is undergoing cancer treatment is taking things one day at a time, a daughter said. 

Amer Fakhoury, 57, a restaurant owner in Dover, New Hampshire, was visiting family in Lebanon when he was seized and accused of decades-old murder and torture charges that he denied. He was ordered released by a judge last month. 

Fakhoury is suffering from Stage 4 lymphoma. reports that his hospitalization during the coronavirus pandemic means he's had only limited interactions with his family. However, family members say they are more optimistic then they have been in a long time. 

"Right now, we're taking it one day at a time," said Guila Fakhoury, the oldest of his four adult daughters. "We hope they send him home (soon)."

She said it was shock to see her father at a U.S. airport on March 19. He had lost a lot of weight. 

"Right now, he is not only in a really terrible health situation, but he's also suffering from PTSD," said Fahkoury's lawyer, Celine Atallah. "What he went through is too much."

Local residents have started a fundraiser for him. 

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