Military Court Demands Death Penalty for Samaha, Mamlouk on Terrorism Charges

The Military Tribunal issued on Wednesday an indictment against former Minister Michel Samaha and a Syrian official on charges of planning to carry out terrorist attacks in Lebanon.

First Military Investigation Judge Riyad Abu Ghida indicted Samaha and Syrian security official Ali Mamlouk on terrorism charges.

They may face the death penalty if convicted.

Abu Ghida also approved a request made last week by State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr to issue a search warrant to identify a Syrian colonel known only by his first name Adnan who plotted for the bombings with the other suspects.

Saqr requested Tuesday that Samaha and Mamlouk be tried on counts of terrorism.

He also recommended that both suspects be indicted for preparing explosives, and transporting them from Syria to Lebanon to carry out attacks and assassination attempts to provoke sectarian strife at the behest of the Syrian regime.

Samaha was detained in August, but Mamlouk remains free.

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