BEIRUT: Military Investigative Judge Imad Zein finalized Friday the probe into the terrorism case of leading figures in the Abdullah Azzam Brigades.
A judicial source told The Daily Star Zein concluded the investigation after lengthy questioning of Jamal Daftardar, the man once thought to be the next leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, and Naim Abbas, the alleged mastermind behind two deadly bombings.
The late leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, Majid Majid, appointed Abbas as the group’s military commander in Lebanon before he died of kidney failure at a military hospital in Beirut in January, less than three weeks after he was arrested by the Lebanese Army.
The judicial source said Zein referred the case to Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr to make recommendations before an indictment is issued.
Military Investigative Judge Fadi Sawan has charged Daftardar and Abbas of belonging to terrorist networks, including Al-Qaeda and the Abdullah Azzam Brigades.
The charges also included transporting explosives-rigged vehicles from Syria to Lebanon and detonating them in residential areas in Beirut and the capital’s southern suburbs, as well as killing civilians and launching rockets into Israel.
Daftardar was arrested during a house raid in the Western Bekaa town of Kamed al-Loz in mid-January. He was regarded as the main candidate to take over the Abdullah Azzam Brigades leadership following the death of Majid.
Abbas has been in custody since February 12. He has already been charged in connection with the two car bombings in the Beirut suburb of Haret Hreik on Jan. 2 and Jan. 21.
The Al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades has claimed responsibility for several attacks in Lebanon, including the Nov. 19 twin suicide bombings on the Iranian Embassy in Beirut that left 30 people dead, among them an Iranian diplomat.