BEIRUT: A military court ordered Wednesday the release of sheikh Hashem Minqara who is charged with withholding information in the recent case of two deadly bombings in the northern city of Tripoli.
A judicial source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the Military Court of Cassation ordered the release of Minqara, dismissing an earlier request by Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr seeking the continued detention of the Salafist preacher.
Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda had ordered Minqara’s release Monday but the decision was challenged by Saqr.
Minqara, the head of a pro-Assad Islamist group in Lebanon, was charged with withholding information about a cell involved in last month’s bombings in Tripoli that killed 47 and wounded hundreds.
Two suspects in the bombing remain in detention – Sheikh Ahmad Gharib and informant Mustafa Houri.
Arrest warrants are expected to be issued soon against a Syrian intelligence officer and another Syrian man allegedly involved in the deadly attacks in the northern city which has frequently witnessed violence over the conflict in neighboring Syria.