Rifaat Eid Sentenced to Life in Prisonإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
A leading member of the Arab Democratic Party, Rifaat Eid, has been sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment over incitement of violence in the northern city of Tripoli.
The Permanent Military Court headed by Brig. Khalil Ibrahim issued on Monday the sentence against him, which included hard labor, after he was convicted of provoking strife between the rival Tripoli districts of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh.
He was also convicted of distributing arms and inciting murder.
Four detainees linked to the case also received prison sentences of one to two years.
Eid has had several arrest warrants issued against him over the fighting between the two neighborhoods.
His father Ali, who heads the Arab Democratic Party, is also accused of helping fugitives behind suicide bombings that targeted Tripoli mosques in August 2013.
Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi said in April last year that Rifaat Eid had escaped to Orange County, California, and Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq noted Ali Eid had taken refuge in Syria.