Military Court Orders Extradition of Syrian Deserter

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The Military Court has ordered the extradition of a Syrian officer-turned-rebel who entered Lebanon illegally back to his own embattled country, a judicial source told Agence France Presse on Wednesday.

The defector risks the death penalty for treason if he is actually handed over to the regime of President Bashar Assad, Lebanese human rights organizations warned.

A military court sentenced Lieutenant Mohammed Hassan Tlass to two months in prison which he has already served, a fine of 100,000 Lebanese pounds ($67) and his extradition, a judicial source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

During his trial, the 30-year-old said he was a member of the rebel Free Syrian Army and had entered Lebanon to bring a wounded comrade to safety.

According to procedure, he will be handed over to the General Security at midnight to be returned to Syria.

Interior Minister Marwan Charbel told AFP by phone that the extradition was unlikely to be carried out, however.

"The Lebanese government, as part of its policy of disassociation vis-a-vis the Syrian conflict, has taken the decision to review each extradition case in which the person risks prison or death.

"I have not examined this case, but such extraditions are generally not carried out," he said.

The United Nations says that more than 60,000 people have been killed since the start of the uprising against the Assad regime in March 2011.

Comments 8
Thumb andre.jabbour 06 February 2013, 21:18

Give him to the UNFIL in southern Lebanon if you dont want him to die. Release him in Syria if you want him dead.

Missing ArabDemocrat.com 07 February 2013, 01:59

And that is why there should be an independent judical investigation regarding Arsal. It is difficult to trust military justice after such a ruling.

Default-user-icon omar el solh (Guest) 06 February 2013, 22:03

send him back to his home country why should we have pitty on him? if we as lebanese were caught anywhere in the world in the same situation we would have been sent home so its his fault what he did is his mistake not our nation's mistake let it be as the law says.

Missing mohammad_ca 07 February 2013, 20:35

we should have pity on you and your stupidity. the only mistake is your parents having raised you without a heart.

Missing gabby14 06 February 2013, 23:09

Aren't the Hezz traitors to their "resistance" charter too? Kill them too.

Thumb habib 07 February 2013, 13:34

The 1 heni jame3et mitalbi wlagalbi

Thumb kanaandian 07 February 2013, 18:14

Shameful

Missing mohammad_ca 07 February 2013, 20:35

thank God our president stopped this from going through.