Lebanese judge completes probe into Samaha case


A military judge has completed the investigation into former Lebanese Information Minister Michel Samaha who was charged over a bomb plot organized by Syria, judicial sources said Thursday.

 Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghida has referred the probe to Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr for further review.

The sources said Saqr is likely to call for a “sub review” that could include interrogation of additional individuals or issuing warrants or taking other measures.

Samaha, a former information minister and lawmaker, was accused in August of transporting explosives from Lebanon to Syria with the aim of using them for assassinations of political and religious figures.

The accusation also includes Syrian National Security Bureau head Gen. Ali Mamlouk and another Syrian officer.

The three men are accused of working with Syria’s intelligence to carry out terrorist acts in Lebanon.



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