BEIRUT: Nine gunmen, including a field commander, were charged Tuesday with involvement in the deadly clashes in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.
Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr accused the nine, eight of whom are in custody, of forming two armed groups within the factions engaged in political-military rivalry “with the aim of carrying out terrorist acts, undermining the authority and prestige of the state, igniting sectarian strife and launching gunbattles between Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen.”
The men were also charged with trading rocket-propelled grenades and machine gunfire as well as killing or wounding civilians and Lebanese soldiers.
They could face the death penalty if convicted.
Among the detainees were seven from Bab al-Tabbaneh, including field commander Hatem Janzarli.
The other two, including fugitive Abdel-Rahman Diab, are from Jabal Mohsen.
A judicial source told The Daily Star that Diab runs military operations in Jabal Mohsen.
He is also the son of Youssef Diab who was arrested for his alleged involvement in the twin car bombings in Tripoli, the sources added.