BEIRUT: Military Investigative Judge Riyad Abu Ghayda issued summons Monday for two Syrians, including an intelligence officer, for their alleged involvement in the Tripoli bombings last month.
Abu Ghayda sent the requests to the suspects through the Higher Lebanese Syrian Council, informing them that they needed to appear before the judge.
Capt. Mohammad Ali Ali, a Syrian intelligence officer, and Khodr Lutfi al-Airouni were charged with rigging two cars with explosives and placing them outside Al-Taqwa and Al-Salam Mosques in the northern city of Tripoli last month.
On Aug. 23, twin car bombings exploded outside two mosques during Friday prayers in Tripoli killing at least 47 people and wounding some 500.
Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr filed charges against the two Syrians and three other Lebanese, including sheikhs Ahmad Gharib and Hashem Minqara as well as informant Mustafa Houri.
Saqr charged Gharib and Houri in his court documents with tasking the two Syrians to set up a “monitoring and planning cell to carry out terrorist acts in Lebanon, particularly in the north, by preparing bombs and booby trapping cars and putting them in specific areas, including religious institutions, with the aim of killing and assassinating political and religious figures.”
Abu Ghayda released Minqara on bail last month.