BEIRUT: The lawyers for ten Lebanese who were charged with involvement in the August abduction of two Turkish pilots requested Tuesday that warrants against the suspects be retracted.
A judicial source told The Daily Star that Judge Ziyad Mekanna could accept the request and withdraw the warrants in an attempt to close the case indefinitely.
The request comes a day after three people who were apprehended for involvement in the kidnapping of the two Turkish Airlines pilots were released on bail.
Mount Lebanon Prosecutor Judge Claude Karam had charged thirteen people including the three with a role in the kidnapping. Most of the suspects are relatives of the recently released Lebanese hostages who were held in Syria by rebels for more than 16 months.
Eleven Lebanese were kidnapped in Syria last year by a rebel group. Their families had blamed Turkey, which staunchly supports the Syrian opposition, for failing to secure their release.
In retaliation to the continued detention of the Lebanese hostages, a local group kidnapped the Turkish pilots in exchange for the hostages.
The Turkish pilots and the Lebanese hostages were returned their respective countries last week following international mediation efforts.