Report: Buthaina Shaaban Involved in Samaha-Mamlouk Caseإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
The Internal Security Forces' Intelligence Bureau has discovered that Syrian President Bashar Assad's media adviser Buthaina Shaaban is involved in ex-minister Michel Samaha's case, a media report said on Friday.
“The Intelligence Bureau has referred an additional file in Samaha's case that includes the involvement of Buthaina Shaaban,” MTV quoted high-ranking sources as saying.
The file includes the analysis of phone conversations between Shaaban and Samaha made during the latter's presence in Damascus, the report said.
“Samaha called Shaaban and informed her of the steps he intended to make,” the sources clarified.
The sources revealed that “the file has been referred to the military prosecutor who in turn will refer it to the military investigative judge,” adding that the latter would study the case and issue an arrest warrant.
Lebanese judicial authorities have charged Samaha and Syrian security chief Maj. Gen. Ali Mamlouk with forming a group to commit terrorist crimes in Lebanon.
The two were also charged with plotting to assassinate political and religious figures.
A judicial source told Agence France Presse that General Mamlouk is "suspected of forming a group to provoke sectarian killings and terrorist acts using explosives, which were transported and stored by Samaha.”
The indictment also mentions a Syrian Colonel identified as Brig. Gen. Adnan.