BEIRUT: The Military Court of Cassation rescheduled Tuesday its deliberations over releasing one of the suspects in the Tripoli bombings, while arrest warrants are expected to be issued soon against a Syrian intelligence officer and another Syrian man over the attacks.
The court failed to convene Tuesday after some judges did not show up to the session; causing Sheikh Hashem Minqara, charged with having knowledge of the bombings, to remain in detention. The meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday.
Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda ordered the release of Minqara on bail Monday but the decision was later challenged by Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr.
Saqr interrogated Minqara Tuesday for two hours, a judicial source told The Daily Star.
Abu Ghayda released two arrest warrants Monday against Sheikh Ahmad Gharib and informant Mustafa Houri for last month's attacks in the northern city of Tripoli.
Gharib and Houri, as well as two Syrians who are still at large, were charged last week with the twin car blasts outside two mosques in Tripoli which killed 47 people and wounded hundreds.
The Syrian suspects were identified as Capt. Mohammad Ali Ali, a Syrian intelligence officer, and Khodr Lutfi al-Airouni.
Abu Ghayda is expected to issue arrest warrants against the two Syrian nationals over the bombings.
Gharib and Houri were charged with tasking the two Syrians to set up a “monitoring and planning cell to carry out terrorist acts in Lebanon” while the two Syrians were charged with rigging two cars with explosives and placing them, with the help of other individuals, outside Al-Taqwa and Al-Salam Mosques in Tripoli.
Minqara, the head of a pro-Assad Islamist group in Lebanon, was charged with withholding information about the cell’s terrorist activities.